NANAIMO, B.C. – Tilray, Inc. (“Tilray” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ:TLRY), a global leader in cannabis research, cultivation, production and distribution, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Tilray Portugal Unipessoal Lda. (“Tilray Portugal”) has completed a successful harvest of medical cannabis at the Company’s European Union (EU) Campus in Portugal.
Tilray’s EU Campus in Portugal is a multi-faceted production facility that includes indoor, outdoor and greenhouse cultivation sites, as well as research labs, processing, packaging and distribution sites for medical cannabis and cannabinoid-derived medical products. To date, Tilray has invested approximately €20 million in the facility, which totals approximately 250,000 square-feet with additional room to expand. Tilray’s EU Campus also serves as a hub supporting Tilray’s clinical research and product development efforts across Europe. Tilray’s EU Campus currently employs 100 people, and that number is expected to double by the end of 2019, with production ramping up and multiple harvests anticipated in the coming months.
“Our harvest in Portugal is an exciting milestone for the company as we continue to build our multinational supply chain of high-quality medical cannabis,” said Sascha Mielcarek, Managing Director, Europe. “We look forward to utilizing the capacity of Tilray Portugal to supply the medical cannabis market in Europe as we expand our operations,”
Tilray was the first licensed medical cannabis producer to successfully import medical cannabis products into the EU and the first licensed medical cannabis producer in North America to obtain Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification in accordance with the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) standards. Tilray has established sales and distribution arrangements to distribute medical cannabis through major pharmaceutical distribution channels throughout Germany and the European Union. The Company has also formed a global alliance with Sandoz AG, a worldwide leader in generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars and a part of Novartis group, to increase availability of high quality medical cannabis products around the world in jurisdictions where regulations permit.
In addition to its EU Campus in Portugal, Tilray currently operates multiple state-of-the-art production and processing facilities in Canada. Tilray looks forward to hosting an official ribbon-cutting event at its EU Campus in Portugal later this spring.