Centre for Natural Products & Medical Cannabis

Loyalist College

Belleville, ON


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 CNPMC provides access to expertise and state-of-the-art instrumentation like a QTOF 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.

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  1. New product development and validation
  2. Green extraction methods
  3. Analytical chemistry, LC, GC, QTOF, dissolution
  4. Method development and validation/transfer
  5. Synthetic biology
  6. Shelf-life stability
  7. Prototype development
  8. Product formulation
  9. Tissue culture, micropropagation

Fields of projects:

  • Ag-tech
  • Food processors
  • Cannabis producers
  • Personal care/skin care/cosmetics
  • Natural health products/dietary supplements
  • Food quality
  • Beverage quality
  • Laboratories
  • Cannabis/phyto-pharmaceuticals
  • Packaging


  1. Agriculture
  2. Clean Technology
  3. Food Innovation
  4. Human Health Therapeutics


Equipment Function
Sample Preparation
Multiple Dryer and Ovens, Freeze Dryer and Ultra-low Freezer, Rotary Evaporators, Variable speed rotor mill The Centre is equipped to perform several different 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.
Extraction, Isolation & Analytics
Extraction & Isolation:
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 Extraction (ASE), Ultrasound-Assisted Extraction (UAE), Microwave-Assisted Extraction (MAE) – coming soon! Our lab 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.
Ultra-performance liquid and gas chromatograph quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer (LC/GC-QTOF-MS), Supercritical Fluid Chromatograph (SFC),
Liquid chromatograph - ultraviolet spectrometer (HPLC-UV), Gas chromatograph - mass spectrometer (GC-MS), Packaged Beverage Analyzer (PBA)
Formulation, Product Development & Stability
Microfluidizer, Particle size analyzer, Viscometer, Stability and photostability chambers, Dissolution apparatus – coming soon! The Centre provides unique expertise in formulating a wide range of natural products, from cosmetics to food items as well as various cannabis-infused products. 
Micropropagation, Tissue Culture & Fermentation
Research-scale controlled environmental chambers, Biosafety cabinet, Bioreactors & Fermenters – coming soon! The tissue culture lab within the Centre offers specialized equipment to conduct biological research, including the growth of plant cells from existing tissue under controlled environmental conditions.
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