Noramco and Willow Biosciences Announce Joint Development of Biosynthesis Platform for Cannabidiol

New activity will add options and potential for cost savings to Noramco’s robust CBD platform in support of emerging markets

Wilmington, DE – Noramco, a leading manufacturer of cannabinoids, and Willow Biosciences Inc. (“Willow”), a leading developer of biosynthetic production systems for plant-derived active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and intermediates, today announced they have entered into an exclusive Joint Development Agreement (“JDA”) to collaboratively develop a yeast-based biosynthesis platform for the production and distribution of cannabidiol (“CBD”). As a technology platform, biosynthesis can provide a low-cost, ultra-pure and scalable manufacturing solution for pharmaceutical, food, beverage and personal care consumers of CBD. The work conducted in the JDA has the potential to open new and larger markets for CBD and related compounds.

Under the JDA, Willow will be responsible for optimizing yeast strains in a biosynthetic process that will generate ultrapure CBD at high yield and at substantially lower cost compared to current methods. Because of its existing expertise in the production of CBD and related compounds and its experience in delivering them in clinical and pharmaceutical applications, Noramco will be responsible for scale-up, regulatory submission, marketing and distribution. The parties will cover their respective costs, retain the intellectual property associated with their respective scopes of work, and as allowed by existing Agreements share equally in gross profits from sales of CBD manufactured under the JDA.

Dr. Joseph Tucker, Willow Executive Chairman, stated, “Noramco is a world-class organization with a long history of developing APIs across numerous markets and the market leader in synthetically-produced CBD. They are the obvious first choice as a partner to scale the development of our CBD biosynthesis program. Noramco’s global leadership in the production and sales of cannabinoids to pharmaceutical companies will naturally lead into manufacturing and sales into additional non-pharmaceutical markets.”

Bill Grubb, Noramco’s Chief Innovation Officer and VP Global Business Development said, “Addition of biosynthetic CBD production will augment Noramco’s ability to work with our existing customers and the capacity to address the rapidly increasing market demand for CBD-based APIs and ingredients from pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, consumer packaged goods, beverage and other industry sectors. We are excited to be working with the world class team at Willow and are confident in their ability to deliver scalable, CBD-producing strains to Noramco.”

About Noramco

Noramco is the world’s largest producer of high-quality synthetic cannabinoid active pharmaceutical ingredients for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company offers cannabinoids and other controlled substance APIs for use in abuse deterrence, attention deficit disorder, pain management, and addiction management. Established in 1979, Noramco maintains production and R&D facilities in Wilmington, Delaware, Athens, Georgia and Neuhausen, Switzerland. Additional information about Noramco can be obtained by visiting Noramco’s web site at

About Willow Biosciences

Headquartered in Calgary, Canada, Willow Biosciences and its team of scientists are leaders in the field of biosynthetic production of high value plant-derived compounds. Willow has applied its integrated suite of technologies to develop manufacturing processes for numerous active pharmaceutical ingredients with various therapeutic benefits, including cancer treatment, pain management, and CNS disorders. In the cannabinoid field, Willow owns proprietary yeast-based lab strains that produce CBD, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabigerol (CBG), as well as certain minor and novel cannabinoids.

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