State-of-the-art facility readying first delivery of medical grade cannabis for German patients
EDMONTON, AB, May 18, 2022 /CNW/ – Aurora Cannabis Inc. (the “Company” or “Aurora“) (NASDAQ: ACB) (TSX: ACB), the Canadian company defining the future of cannabinoids worldwide, announced today the company has received EU-GMP certification for its state-of-the-art medical cannabis production facility in Germany. As a leading manufacturer of medical cannabis worldwide, achieving EU-GMP certification of the company’s first German manufacturing site marks a significant milestone in the fulfillment of an awarded tender by the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM). Aurora is the distinct market leader in the German flower segment and will now leverage receiving the world’s highest quality standard to produce and distribute premium medical cannabis in Germany.
The new state-of-the-art production facility in Leuna, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany adds to the company’s pan-European network of EU-GMP facilities supplying premium, high-quality cannabis flower and extracts for medical use by patients across existing and expanding markets. Germany’s medical cannabis market currently serves approximately 100,000 patients, representing only 0.1% of the population. In mature medical cannabis markets like Canada, market penetration is upwards of 1%, therefore the German market has significant potential for growth.
“With the EU-GMP certification of our first German site, we once again demonstrate Aurora’s excellence and leadership in establishing the necessary infrastructure to compete in the global cannabis market,” said Miguel Martin, CEO of Aurora Cannabis. “As a leading provider of medical cannabis in Germany and several other European markets, we are eager to accelerate patient access to high-quality, reliable cannabis produced in accordance with the most stringent criteria. Our first shipment from our world class Leuna facility will deliver on our commitment to the German regulatory authority and expanding patient base, a significant step in our ongoing commitment to international market growth.”
Aurora was awarded a tender/contract in 2019 by the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) for the annual production of 1,000 kg of high-quality medical cannabis flower over a period of four years. Despite numerous challenges due to ongoing pandemic-related restrictions and international supply chain bottlenecks, the construction of Aurora Leuna, a nearly 3,600 sq. metre production site is complete, has received its EU-GMP certification and is preparing for the inaugural shipment. The first shipment from Aurora Leuna to German pharmacies is expected via the state’s cannabis agency later this month.
Martin continued “As a leading provider of cannabis flower and extracts in Germany, we are excited by the possibility of growth in the market. Our investment in domestic production with the highest quality standards will help advance patient access to high-quality cannabis. I congratulate our team in Germany on achieving this important milestone for our Leuna facility and the commencement of local production in this critical market.”
As a leading global cannabis company with a footprint on four continents, sales into 12 countries, and an expansive international production network, Aurora celebrates this important milestone in the company’s pursuit of enabling access to high-quality medical cannabis to patients worldwide.
Aurora is a global leader in the cannabis industry, serving both the medical and consumer markets. Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Aurora is a pioneer in global cannabis, dedicated to helping people improve their lives. The Company’s adult-use brand portfolio includes Aurora Drift, San Rafael ’71, Daily Special, and Whistler, as well as CBD brands, Reliva and KG7. Medical cannabis brands include MedReleaf, CanniMed, Aurora, Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp., and Pedanios. Driven by science and innovation, and with a focus on high-quality cannabis products, Aurora’s brands continue to break through as industry leaders in the medical, performance, wellness and adult recreational markets wherever they are launched. Learn more at www.auroramj.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.