Toronto, May 28, 2018 – Vivariant Laboratories Inc. – (the “Company” or “Vivariant”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Angélica Velasquez Gordon to the role of Chief Analytical Chemist. Angélica has previously worked at Primoris Laboratory (formerly Fytolab) in Colombia where she and her colleagues set up and managed an ISO 17025 testing laboratory screening produce for over 200 varieties of pesticides. Before joining Vivariant, Angélica held the role of Process Engineer at The 3M Company where she was part of a team that built a new manufacturing facility for personal protection equipment. Angélica is a proficient project manager and a Six Sigma green belt.
“Angélica’s skills as a team leader and her experience building and running a pesticide testing lab make her an invaluable asset to the Vivariant team.” President Thomas Fraleigh said.
The role of Chief Analytical Chemist is responsible for developing, validating and conducting analytical testing methods in an ISO/IEC 17025 environment per the European and United States Pharmacopeia while using a combination of LC-MS, GC-MS, ICP, and other methodologies.
The current draft of Health Canada’s regulations mandates that third-party testing laboratories must screen for approximately 95 different pesticides in every batch of Cannabis and products containing Cannabis manufactured by licensed producers. Additional chemistry tests required by Health Canada include potency (%THC & %CBD), heavy metals (Cadmium, Arsenic, Lead, Mercury), mycotoxins, residual solvents, and moisture content. Testing for terpene levels is not mandatory, but Vivariant will include it in the company’s chemistry offering as a tool for producers.
Vivariant is currently Licensed Dealer applicant #6-1114 with Health Canada’s Office of Controlled Substances.