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A global pioneer in cannabis production Tilray has partnered with the University of Coimbra to study and develop a strategic partnership and create new knowledge about cannabis-derived medical products. The partnership will promote research project collaboration between Tilray and academic leaders at the University, leveraging Tilray’s state-of-the-art E.U. campus and the research facilities.

The University of Coimbra has established a partnership with Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) a specialist in the cultivation, production, and development of cannabis products.


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University of Coimbra and Tilray partnership

Tilray and the University of Coimbra have established an unprecedented strategic partnership for research and to gain new knowledge, for the development of medical products derived from cannabis.


The Portuguese subsidiary of the Canadian company made a statement that “Combining Tilray’s vast experience in the cultivation, production, and development of cannabis products, this strategic partnership will be extended to various departments of the University of Coimbra, including opportunities for postgraduates in chemical, genetic and pharmaceutical sciences.”


The partnership will further medical cannabis research

The partnership will promote collaboration between Tilray “and the University’s academic leaders” on research projects, taking advantage of Tilray’s state-of-the-art campus and research facilities at the Biocant Technology Park, also located in Cantanhede.


“We are proud to have established this partnership with the University of Coimbra and to collaborate with its vast team of specialists and researchers to study medical cannabis,” said Joshua Eades, Tilray’s scientific director.


During the signing session of the partnership in Coimbra, Eades added that the partnership with the UC “will allow the teams to collaborate in innovative research that contributes to the growth of science in cannabinoids, while also allowing the evolution of Tilray’s research and development program.”


UC business project

This session also served to launch the UC business project, which was created by the University in order to support the innovation and the provision of specialized services to public and private entities.


Tilray was the first medical cannabis producer to import medical cannabis products into the European Union successfully. They are also the first licensed medical cannabis producer in North America to achieve GMP certification according to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) standards.


Medical cannabis production

The Cantanhede work plant is the first in the country to produce medical cannabis, providing 200 jobs. It represented a total investment of $22 million (€20 million). Tilray de Cantanhede also serves as a support center for Tilray’s clinical research and product development efforts across Europe.


It benefits from the proximity of Biocant, the first biotechnology park in Portugal whose main objective is to sponsor, develop advanced knowledge in the area of life sciences, while also supporting high-potential business initiatives. The company is a global pioneer in the research, cultivation, production, and distribution of medical cannabis, and currently serves tens of thousands of patients and consumers in 12 countries across five continents.