Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis

Loyalist College, Belleville, Ontario
What the facility does

Innovation and R&D hub to help start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises develop, scale-up and commercialize their ideas, products, and processes for high-quality and consistent products

Areas of expertise

The Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis offers companies a platform from which to enhance productivity, expand reach and augment competitiveness in the global market. With applications in the natural health products, cannabis, and the food and beverage industries, the Centre uses research and collaboration to help clients solve everyday problems.

Clients come to us for product development and testing new ideas, analytical testing and validation, equipment demonstration and testing, compliance and documentation expertise, and skilled workforce training. 

The Centre is well known for its cannabis expertise and its expertise in green extraction methods. 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 providing an environment for College-cannabis industry partnerships to thrive, the Centre also supports employers in building skilled workforces. Loyalist’s Biosciences and Cannabis Applied Science students gain exceptional experiential learning opportunities through their work on real-world projects with both academic and industry personnel.

Research services
  • Experiment design
  • Method validation and optimization
  • Formulation
  • Green extraction
  • Advanced instrumentation
  • Supercritical carbon dioxide extraction
  • Advanced analytical technologies
  • Proof of concept
  • Quality attributes testing and labelling
  • Tissue culture and cultivation
  • Beverage testing
Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Chemical industries
  • Consumer non-durables
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Tourism and hospitality



Hightech Extracts SFE pilot-scale system Supercritical Fluid Extractor (SFE) with fractionation capabilities and CO2 recycling

 Waters MV-10 ASFE System

Multi-vessel Supercritical Fluid Extractor (SFE) using carbon dioxide (CO2). Extraction of components of mixture by passing it in solution or suspension through a medium (CO2) where components move at different rates.

Sepiatec Supercritical Fluid Chromatograph (SFC) Separates mixtures of compounds into pure fractions for isolation and analysis

High-Performance Liquid Chromatography Ultraviolet detector (HPLC-UV)

Identification of separate molecules based on size and surface charge. UV helps determine concentration of molecules after separation.

Gas chromatograph mass spectrometer detector (GC-MS)

Used to identify different substances within a test sample, including tiny amounts

In-house and portable beverage analyzer

Used to measure colour, density and pH value. Determines alcohol content, original and real extract, degree of fermentation, calories, etc.

Research-scale controlled environment chambers

Growing chamber with environmental control over temperature, lighting levels, and humidity and gas levels

Biosafety cabinet (BSC)

Enclosed ventilated laboratory workspace for safely working with materials contaminated with pathogens needing defined biosafety level


Used to measure the viscosity of a fluid

Microfluidics Microfluidizer M-110P

Reduces the size of suspensions and emulsions in an efficient way

Anton Paar Particle Size Analyzer Characterizes emulsion and other solutions
Labconco Lyophilizer (freeze dryer) Dries temperature-sensitive samples
  • Afiya Beauty
  • apollogreen
  • Boost Growth Systems
  • Canna Stream Solutions
  • Cheekbone Beauty
  • Cold Plasma Group
  • Diatom Consulting
  • Dow Testing Services
  • Entomo Farms
  • Exhale into Health
  • GreenCentre Canada
  • Hard Way Cider
  • Kimberlite/Valley of Gold Farms
  • Kingston
  • Kingston Aluminum Technology
  • MediPharm Labs
  • MediWanna
  • MycoDynamix
  • Northeastern University
  • Pasta Tavola
  • Persall Fine Foods
  • Protech Chemicals Ltd.
  • Royal Development Group
  • Signal Brewery
  • Terra Plant Molecular Pharming
  • VIVO Cannabis
  • Wovven Inc.



Loyalist College finalizes cannabis research collaboration


Loyalist College enters a four-year agreement with MediPharm Labs to advance its cannabis program


College cashes in on cannabis at Technology Access Centre