MediPharm Labs Announces Leadership Changes

BARRIE, Ontario, Dec. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MediPharm Labs Corp. (TSX: LABS) (OTCQX: MEDIF) (FSE: MLZ) (“MediPharm Labs” or the “Company”), a global leader in specialized, research-driven cannabis extraction, distillation and derivative products, today announced a senior leadership transition.

To prepare the Company for its next phase of growth and to drive cost savings and efficiency improvements, MediPharm Labs announced the following changes, effective immediately in its senior leadership structure as well as roles and responsibilities:

  • Pat McCutcheon will step down as Chief Executive Officer but retain his role as Chairman of the Board
  • Keith Strachan will assume the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer
  • Warren Everitt will continue as Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific
  • Olga Utkutug appointed Interim Chief Financial Officer effective December 8, 2020
  • The Company will also immediately begin a process to search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer. A search for a new Chief Financial Officer is already underway.

“The time has come to move beyond our start-up structure and put in place the best people to execute our strategy and guide the way to better financial performance including our return to profitability,” said Mr. McCutcheon. “Keith and Warren have been instrumental to the growth of MediPharm. They will continue to be aligned on executing our large pipeline of domestic and international growth contracts in hand as well as new opportunities in Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific. We are in a tremendous position to realize global market share with our two GMP platforms. As Chairman, I look forward to working with the Board in the search for our new CFO and a permanent CEO while supporting Keith and Warren and driving forward our strategic growth initiatives.”

“MediPharm Labs has a strong foundation, excellent customer relationships, differentiated capabilities and a great future,” said Keith Strachan. “We have a clear mandate from the Board to step up the pace of our growth while keeping a tight grip on expenses to create shareholder value.”

About MediPharm Labs

Founded in 2015, MediPharm Labs specializes in the production of purified, pharmaceutical-quality cannabis oil and concentrates and advanced derivative products utilizing a Good Manufacturing Practices certified facility with ISO standard-built clean rooms. MediPharm Labs has invested in an expert, research-driven team, state-of-the-art technology, downstream purification methodologies and purpose-built facilities with five primary extraction lines for delivery of pure, trusted and precision-dosed cannabis products for its customers. Through its wholesale and white label platforms, MediPharm Labs formulates, develops (including through sensory testing), processes, packages and distributes cannabis extracts and advanced cannabinoid-based products to domestic and international markets. As a global leader, MediPharm Labs has completed commercial exports to Australia and has fully commercialized its wholly-owned Australian extraction facility. MediPharm Labs Australia was established in 2017.   


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For further information, please contact: 
Laura Lepore, VP, Investor Relations 
Telephone: +1 416.913.7425 ext. 1525