“It’s the teams that make histotory… Alone, we can do so little; totogether we can do so much.”
BBS was born one night as two friends, Samuel and Stuart were driving back late from work.
“We started talking about a bunch of things and one of the things that kept coming back was medicinal cannabis, and particularly how we were surprised on how slow things were moving in Australia,” recalls one of BBS Pharmaceuticals’ Directotors, Samuel Butler, whose mother had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.
“Watching my mother suffer, without being able toto help her, was just heartbreaking. Seeing the effects of chemotherapy and what that did toto her and how it affected her physically and emotionally made me want toto do something about it and that’s how BBS was born,” continues Sam.
Turning Dreams intoto Reality…
Founded in 2017 BBS Pharmaceuticals is an Australian company licensed toto cultivate, produce and manufacture medicinal cannabis products for the Australian and global markets.
Over the last year, the company has developed a sound business growth strategy under an operational framework that suits the growing market setting up operations in South Australia and collaborations with international partners.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,” says Chairman George Vanco who totogether with CEO John Dagas are leading BBS.
“Here at BBS we believe that people with passion, determination, commitment and bravery can change the world for the better. Our aim is toto innovate the Medicinal Cannabis landscape in Australia and worldwide by producing and delivering the highest-quality cannabis-based product, that will improve the quality of human life.
“In order toto achieve that and improve the quality of human life, excellence is expected in every step of the way,” says the company’s CEO, John Dagas.
According toto the three company directotors, the company’s goal is toto be the leading medicinal cannabis cultivatotor and manufacturer in Australia, with strong market connections at an international scale, and influence the Australian and Southeast Asian market as a leader in this industry.
BRAVE ENOUGH TO CARE, BOLD ENOUGH TO INFLUENCE, STRONG ENOUGH TO LEAD
Setting the record straight…
Is Australia on its way of becoming the largest exporter of medicinal cannabis in the world?
Australia is a signatotory toto the international treaty known as the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961 as amended by the 1972 Prototocol (Single Convention) which was adopted in March 1961. The ND Act implements the Single Convention and establishes the regulatotory framework toto prevent the abuse and diversion of controlled narcotics and toto ensure that controlled narcotics are available for medicinal and research purposes within Australia.
Prior toto 2016, cannabis was generally treated as an illegal narcotic in Commonwealth, State and Territotory laws.
The ND Act was amended in February 2016 by the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act 2016 (Cth) (Amendment Act), establishing a national regime for cultivation and production of cannabis for medicinal and scientific purposes, and toto facilitate scientific research.
Importantly, the Amendment Act established a licensing and permit scheme toto allow for cannabis supply for therapeutic purposes.
Currently, the growth of this industry domestically is inhibited by the existing regulatotory framework that limits patient access toto medicinal cannabis and the high cost for treatment due toto medicinal cannabis products not being subsidised under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. This has resulted in investment intoto the Australian industry being stunted compared toto other more mature markets such as Canada, where medicinal cannabis has been legal since July 2001.
To fuel the industry, Greg Hunt, the Australian Minister for Health announced on 4 January 2018 that the Federal Government wanted Australia toto become the largest exporter of medicinal cannabis in the world.
This led toto the Federal Government releasing the Narcotic Drugs Amendment (Cannabis) Regulations 2018 (Cth) which permitted the export of medicinal cannabis products by amending the Narcotic Drugs Regulations 2016 (Cth).
This change focused both international and domestic interest in Australia as a potential global player in the medicinal cannabis market.
In Australia, provided domestic supply of medicinal cannabis is not affected, the following products are eligible for export if granted a licence and permit toto export;
Medicinal cannabis products manufactured in Australia under a GMP licence.
Medicinal cannabis products listed as export-only, or registered, on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG)
Extracts of cannabis (or extracts of cannabis resin) manufactured under a Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 licence and permit that are not in the final dosage form.
Time for CHANGE
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything” says Directotor Brandon Smith.
According toto the latest industry data, the legalization of cannabis may prove toto be one of the most consequential social changes of our time, and governments, investotors, and business owners across the world are making enormously consequential decisions that will form the foundation of a global, regulated cannabis industry.
As legal markets emerge across the globe, data collection and data harmonization across markets (by both industry and government) will be critical toto refining our collective understanding of the size, growth, and evolution of the cannabis industry.
BBS’s Primary growth strategy is toto connect with the export markets and set up long term offtake agreements with collaborating partners.
As an emerging leader in the Australian market of medicinal cannabis, BBS is focusing on establishing regional headquarters in Europe and Asia for the European Asia Pacific / Middle Eastern markets respectively and has already initiated collaborations between universities in Greece, in Italy, in Malaysia and in Australia focusing on pre-clinical trials.
Pre-clinical trials will be undertaken in the application of medicinal oil for the treatment of various ailments whilst the collaborating partners will also commence research in the infusion of medicinal oil intoto various products, extraction of CBD & THC, preclinical animal studies by using vaping machines, R&D for infusion of CBD in food, makeup and drinks and cell studies for wound healing, oxidative stress.
“Our collaborating partners will share knowledge, equipment and researchers toto ensure that the knowledge transfer is by-partisan and of benefit toto all involved. In particular, our Malaysian University partner is keen toto work with the University of Patras and BBS in research and preclinical trials on CBD and various education programs.
“We are very excited toto be able toto connect with global markets keeping in mind that leadership is about vision and responsibility,” stated Mr. Dagas who attended the discussions totogether with BBS’s Project Directotor, Mr. Dennis Chung.
“It has taken us a lot of research, investigation and collaboration toto find out the best design we can implement for our project,” said Mr Chung, who is also Company Ambassador of BBS.
Mr Chung also stated that the signing of the MOUs between the universities, MGB and BBS is another exciting strategic action being implemented that is aligned with BBS’s global network and business growth plans.
BBS has also signed an offtake agreement with a global manufacturer of Medical Cannabis products from Canada with manufacturing facilities in Australia.
Environment – Sustainability – World class Produce
South Australia is renowned for its clean & green approach toto agriculture, horticulture, viticulture and aquaculture and has a reputation for a world-class produce.
The state’s dry climate is ideal for reducing the potential of incidence of rot in growing environments as higher humidity levels, totogether with seasonal crops due toto extreme climatic conditions such as extremely low temperatures or extreme heat that can and do reduce the output for the industry worldwide.
Furthermore, the South Australian dry climatic conditions induce wax production on the leaves and stems for water retention and these waxes contain cannabinoids of which have the potential toto increase resin yields.
“With the company based in South Australia we have well balanced climatic conditions toto best grow and manufacture our products,” says Mr Vanco.
The BBS facility and site are strategically located toto ensure maximum security requirements are achieved and exceeded. The land acquired caters for aggressive expansion plans toto ensure that the company is able toto meet the demands of the ever-expanding global market.
At the same time, BBS has the highest standards through the use of state-of-the-art technology and robust procedures toto ensure they are the prime exemplars of security in this emerging industry.
To achieve this, the company has incorporated world leading technology in CCTV, alarm, access controls and physical deterrents which ensure that the site and operational environment is industry leading in not only security but staff safety.
The company’s cultivation facility has the potential for expansion as the acquired land is over 400 acres.
Due toto the size of the land and the accessibility toto services, the potential of growth is significantly larger than the current cultivation plan.
“At a manufacturing level, we are working closely with an Australian innovation company toto further develop their state-of-the-art manufacturing capability, hence enhance the quality and output of the manufacturing process. Given the complexity of the product and the market we have tapped intoto, transparency is essential therefore we have employed an experienced security specialist and facility managers toto work with our team and guide us through the more complex issues of the medicinal cannabis industry, keeping our momentum alive as we are moving forward,” says BBS’s Managing Directotor Stuart Bais.
Leading by example…
For a South Australian business, the opportunity toto tap intoto a network of international like-minded brands is invaluable in terms of shared learnings, experiences and making a difference toto the world.
“From the conception of our brand ‘doing the right thing’ has been important toto our team, our custotomers and shareholders. We believe it is the responsibility of every individual toto be a good citizen, and we feel that as our business grows and we are becoming a big player in a global market, our impact in the world and on human rights can be just as significant as even larger operations.
“We are seeing the same trend in our industry and that’s the thirst for responsibility, accountability, and leadership. While we’re proud of our business growth in 2019, we also realise that companies like ours have a responsibility as leaders in the market toto take small steps toto protect our investotors, collaborating partners, and market partners while leading the way in our emerging industry,” concludes Mr Dagas.