New West Genetics
New West Genetics is developing stabilized varieties of hemp adapted to seed-based propagation and production in open fields. New West has completed multiple harvests to date through farm partnerships and varieties are being refined to exhibit robust levels of cannabinoids. Plants developed for sale and growth meet the classification of Industrial Hemp.
New West Genetics captures value from the sale of the plant products and germplasm byproducts as they perform the variety development process. As flowers are sold, the highest performing seed specimens are used by for the subsequent grow test cycle. Greenhouse and outdoor facilities are utilized for year round research, and partnerships are leveraged with universities and service providers to use existing infrastructures to process, test, and harvest the product.
This story appears in The CBD Report
In 2015 New West Genetics utilized 4 acres of outdoor grow space. For 2016 the company has secured 28 acres, 8 of which are dedicated to research and development. The company has successfully grown multiple generations of hemp to develop stable varieties based on seed propagation and has continued to iterate towards optimized levels of target cannabinoid profiles.
Latest results indicate 2x increase in CBD levels and a reduction in THC levels for the optimized strains. New West Genetics is also participating in the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s first certified seed trials for industrial hemp with a goal of releasing seed to foundation growers in 2017 and license to commercial growers in 2018.
Core research and development is ongoing to accelerate the breeding process and to maximize the yield efficiency and sustainability of large scale production. The company recently partnered with an extraction business to optimize cannabinoid extraction from the cannabis chaff, and trials are continuing to be held to refine and stabilize the seed varieties.
This year New West also submitted their first utility patent application, taking another step towards commercializing the stable strain research. “It’s our goal to develop genetic IP around Cannabis Sativa,” commented Wendy Mosher, CEO of New West Genetics. The company sees development of new and better technologies for the mechanical harvesting of chaff and grain as opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs to support the industry.
“Cannabis offers an opportunity to look into this black box of a virtually unstudied plant genome. We’re diving in!” -Dr. John McKay, New West’s Director of Plant Genetics
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