Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (CNPMC)

Loyalist College, Belleville, Ontario
What the facility does

Innovation and R&D hub to help start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises develop, scale-up and commercialize their ideas, products, and processes for high-quality and consistent products.

Areas of expertise

The Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (CNPMC) specializes in working with start-ups and SMEs to develop, scale-up and commercialize their ideas, products, and processes for high-quality and consistent products.

Working with us provides access to expertise and state-of-the-art instrumentation like a quadrupole time-of-flight (Q-TOF) Mass Spectrometer, all while 100% of the intellectual property remains with the industry client.

The CNPMC is well-known for its cannabis expertise. 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 to have a research license renewed for five years and analytical testing license renewed for three years. In addition to the cannabis sector, the CNPMC also works with clients in personal care and cosmetics, food and beverage and natural health product sectors.

The CNPMC also supports employers in building skilled workforces. Loyalist students gain experiential learning opportunities through their work on real-world projects with both academic and industry, resulting in a base of ready-to-recruit talent.

Loyalist College has been nationally ranked in the top 50 research colleges in Canada for the last three years, with a #2 ranking for industry-funded research as a percentage of total research.

Research services
  • Experiment design
  • Method validation and optimization
  • Formulation
  • Product development and stability testing
  • Green extraction
  • Advanced instrumentation
  • Supercritical carbon dioxide extraction
  • Advanced analytical technologies
  • Proof of concept
  • Quality attributes testing and labelling
  • Micropropagation, tissue culture and fermentation
  • Beverage testing

CNPMC was founded on our unique expertise in green extraction which we use to explore and isolate different active compounds from medicinal plants or herbs. We have advanced analytical instrumentation to conduct specialized chemical and biological analyses.

We provide unique expertise in formulating a wide range of natural products, from cosmetics to food items as well as various cannabis-infused products. 

CNPMC is equipped to perform various types of sample preparations used in assessing and comparing manufactured products to ensure consumer safety, test ingredients and monitor potential contaminants. Sample preparation, when done correctly, allows researchers to unlock faster and more accurate results to advance product and process development.

The tissue culture lab within the CNPMC offers specialized equipment to conduct biological research, including the growth of plant cells from existing tissue under controlled environmental conditions.

Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Chemical industries
  • Consumer non-durables
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Tourism and hospitality
EquipmentFunction
Dryers and ovens, freeze dryer and ultra-low temperature freezerSample preparation.
Rotary evaporatorsSample preparation.
Variable speed rotor millSample preparation.
Systems for Supercritical Fluid Extraction (SFE) (3)Supercritical Fluid Extraction (SFE) using carbon dioxide (CO2). 1-L pilot system with fractionation capabilities, 100 mL system, and multi-vessel (10) system for method optimization.
Accelerated Solvent Extractor (ASE) 
Ultrasound-Assisted Extractor (UAE) 
Ultra-performance liquid and gas chromatography quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer (UPHUP LC/GC-QTOF-MS) 
Supercritical Fluid Chromatograph (SFC) 
High-performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet spectrometry (HPLC-UV) system 
Gas chromatograph - mass spectrometer (GC-MS) 
Packaged Beverage Analyzer (PBA) 
Microfluidizer 
Particle size analyzer 
Viscometer 
Stability and photostability chambers 
Research-scale controlled environmental chambersMicropropagation, tissue culture and fermentation.
Biosafety cabinetMicropropagation, tissue culture and fermentation.
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