Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis

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

With applications in the natural health products, cannabis and hemp industry, and the food and beverage industry, the ARC supports method optimization, product development, formulation, green extraction and analytical testing. Specifically, Loyalist’s ARC provides expertise in advanced instrumentation and clean technologies, including innovative supercritical carbon dioxide extraction and advanced analytical technologies, reinforcing the College’s leadership role in applied research initiatives on cannabis and commercially relevant natural products.

Loyalist 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. This is a reflection of Loyalist’s commitment to this industry and the standards by which the laboratory operates. The Loyalist ARC is also the only federally supported Technology Access Centre specializing in natural products and cannabis, supported by an Advisory Board of industry experts. Meet the Board members.

The rapid growth of Canada’s cannabis sector has also created a demand for expertise. In addition to providing an environment for College-industry partnerships to thrive, the ARC also supports employers in building skilled workforces.  Loyalist’s Biosciences and Cannabis Applied Science students gain exceptional experiential learning opportunities through their work on real-world projects with both academic and industry personnel.

The ARC offers companies across Eastern Ontario a supportive, community-oriented platform from which to enhance their productivity, expand their reach and augment their competitiveness in global markets.



Contact us

Dr. Kari Kramp 
Scientific Manager
613-969-1913, ext. 2268

Cher Powers
Interim TAC Manager
613-969-1913, ext. 2108