Cannabix Technologies Inc is now licensing it’s patent with the University of Florida in the realm of breath analysis of controlled substances. The company has chosen to license it’s patent rights due to the development fn the FAIMS THC Breathalyzer. This patent will give the company, along with the university, exclusive rights when it comes to the field of breath analysis.
Cannabix’s Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Raj Attariwala, says that, “FAIMS technology builds upon the current gold standard technique of Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry for measuring THC. This patent provides Cannabix with an engine to drive miniaturization of THC detection from exhaled breath, and the expertise provided by the Yost lab at the University of Florida is unparalleled in the analytical chemistry device development arena. This combination will lead Cannabix towards consistency and accuracy in real-time trace levels of THC detection in exhaled breath.”
The President of Cannabix, Kal Malhi, also commented on this news, “Cannabix is very pleased with the progress that we have made to achieve highly accurate detection of THC in breath using FAIMS technology. Due to positive results, we are immediately exercising our Option on US Patent 8,237,118, Partial Ovoidal FAIMS Electrode for breath analysis of controlled substances. Cannabix is a pioneer and a leader in the development of a FAIMS based THC Breathalyzer and we are cognizant of this lead position and the need to protect our know-how and developments. We are amassing a portfolio of intellectual property including patent protection for various devices and need to protect the details of our developments until the required patent protection is in place. Cannabix will provide updates on the development of its device as they occur and as patent protection requirements permit.”
We have looked at how police in Colorado are now testing out roadside breathalyzers for cannabis on a voluntary basis, so it can be expected that police will look towards this kind of technology when designing their roadside testing procedures. This trend will only continue as groups such as MADD Canada and OSL continue to campaign for strict regulation on the roads after legalization happens. The Supreme Court of Canada is also about to take on the issue of impaired drivers.