Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis

Loyalist College’s Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis is an innovation hub helping industry collaborate with academia to transform the results of research into high-quality, consistent, and safe products.  

We specialize in working with start-ups and small and medium enterprises, to help them develop, scale-up and commercialize their ideas, products, and processes.


We are supported by industry partners and governed by an Advisory Board of industry experts. Click here to meet the Board.





As Canada’s only National Technology Access Centre for Natural Products and Cannabis, we are uniquely positioned to help our clients leverage government funding programs and supports for our services. Click here to see our funding history.

Loyalist College was the first college in Canada to have a laboratory licensed by Health Canada to conduct cannabis research and analytical testing, and the first college in Ontario to have a research license renewed for five years and analytical license renewed for three years. 

COMING SOON: Our laboratory space has expanded to 5,100 square feet and we are in the process of installing $1.5M of new equipment.


On November 9, 2021, the latest webinar from the Centre focused on How a Circular Economy Can Benefit Companies in the Natural Products and Cannabis Sectors. Moderated by Board member Colin Garrioch, the webinar featured presentations from experts Gwen Cottle from the Provision Coalition and Fatme Dahcheh from GreenCentre Canada, followed by first-hand accounts from entrepreneurs on how to generate revenue and avoid the pitfalls in contributing to a circular economy: Akeem Gardner, CEO, Atlas 365; Jarrod Goldin, Founder & VP, Innovation/Research, Entomo Farms; John Vidmar, COO, Canna Stream Solutions. Click here to view the recording of the webinar.

On June 15, 2021 our webinar featured an impressive panel discussion, Conversations with Cannabis-focused Start-ups. Moderated by Natasha Perkins of Pure Sunfarms, the panel included Dr. Florina Truica from Cold Plasma Group, Betty Pilon from Kingston Aluminum Technology, and Dr. Kari Kramp from the Centre as they shared their insights into the challenges of start-ups, spoke to their product development efforts, and provided advice for entrepreneurs targeting the cannabis industry. Click here to view the recording of the webinar. 

On January 26, 2021 viewers were treated to an informative webinar on the challenges facing commercial bakers in producing quality edibles. Featuring Dr. Kari Kramp and Barbara Allen of the Centre, and Chef Scott Royce of the Loyalist Culinary Program, the session is designed for food scientists and product developers in the baking industry, and topics covered included product uniformity, consistency and taste and the processes and analytical methods used to overcome these challenges. Click here to view the video recording of the webinar. Viewers must be 19 years old.


Contact us

Dr. Kari Kramp 
Senior Scientific Manager, Applied Research & Innovation Office

Carly Kelly
Manager, Centre for Natural Products & Medical Cannabis