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Mind Medicine appoints Maria A. Oquendo to scientific advisory board

Biotech company focused on psychedelics Mind Medicine Inc. (NASDAQ: MNMD) (NEO: MMED) (DE: MMQ) recently announced that it tapped Maria A. Oquendo, MD, Ph.D. in its scientific advisory board.

Oquendo is a Ruth Meltzer Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and Chief Psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.

She is also a past president of the American Psychiatric Association, the International Academy of Suicide Research, and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Oquendo is vice president of the board of directors of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, vice president of the College of International Neuropsychopharmacology, and served on the advisory board of the National Institute of Mental Health.

“Our goal is to revolutionize mental health and addiction care, and we want to bring effective treatments to a wide and diverse patient population from around the world.” MindMed CEO Robert Barrow commented on the appointment. “Dr. Oquendo’s extensive experience in psychiatry and pharmacology, including her work with high-risk patients, will be invaluable in advancing all of our research and development efforts.”

Avant Brands elects directors

Cannabis producer Avant Brands Inc. (TSX: AVNT) (OTCQX: AVNTB) (FRA: 1BUP) has elected each of the six nominees as directors during the annual general meeting of shareholders on Friday, November 5th.

The following experts joined the board of directors of the Kelowna, British Columbia-based company:

  • Jurgen Schreiber
  • Norton Singhavon
  • Michael Pale
  • Derek Sanders
  • Ruairi Twomey
  • Duane Lo

Delic has named Kevin Nicholson, CEO of KWC, as the new COO under the acquisition agreement

Kevin Nicholson, CEO of Ketamine Wellness Centers Arizona LLC, called himself new Chief Operating Officer at Delic Holdings Corp. (CSE: DELC), like Part of that Takeover agreement between the two companies.

Delic, a psychedelic wellness company, announced Tuesday that it had has completed the previously announced acquisition of KWC for $ 10 million in stock and cash.

“As more treatments, like MDMA and psilocybin, become FDA approved for medical use, we have the potential to help millions more people through the clinics.” Matt Stang, Co-Founder and CEO said by Delic.

Agrify Corporation strengthens its leadership team

Agrify Corporation announced on Wednesday that Thomas Massie has become its new President and Chief Operating Officer and Timothy Oakes has agreed to assume the role of Chief Financial Officer.

Massie is also a member of the company’s board of directors. He has extensive experience in running growth-oriented companies. Robert Harrison, previously COO of Agrify, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Operations.

Oakes, a finance manager with over three decades of experience, was a key member of Agrify’s board of directors and chairman of the audit committee.

“As board members, Thomas and Tim were significantly involved in the successful implementation of our growth strategy”, Raymond Chang, CEO of the company called. “I am confident that their new roles will allow them to influence our business even more as we move forward with our next phase of growth and our mission to become the most dynamic solutions provider in the entire supply chain in the cannabis and hemp industry.”

Ascend Wellness is hiring Danielle Drummond as VP of Social Equity

Vertically integrated cannabis company Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc. (CSE: AAWH) (OTCQX: AAWH) announced on Wednesday that it hired Danielle Drummond as vice president of social justice.

In a newly created position, Drummond help with Development and management of community partnerships and restorative justice initiatives beyond the company’s existing presence in five states and paves the way for its entry into the New York market.

Drummond has over 15 years of experience fighting racial bias and introducing culturally rich practices in education, criminal justice and community development.

Prior to joining AWH, she served as the assistant director of community engagement in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office in Boston, Massachusetts.

“One of the main reasons I joined AWH was their commitment to address the damage the war on drugs has done to colored low-income communities,” said T. Andrew Brown, recently appointed president of AWH New York. “New York’s Cannabis Act contains some of the toughest equity capital requirements in the country, and I am committed to helping this company lead when it not only meets those requirements but exceeds them.”

Pure Beauty appoints Esther Song as its first CMO

Pure beauty, a California-based boutique cannabis brand, announced Monday that Esther Song has been named the very first chief marketing officer.

It brings more than two decades of experience in public relations and marketing, specializes in building brand visibility through strategic communication and global marketing campaigns.

Song joins Pure Beauty with three years of cannabis marketing experience including serving as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for cannabis retailers MedMen Enterprises Inc (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQX: MMNFF).

In addition, Song led global digital and VIP public relations for fashion brands, including Tory Burchwhere she was Vice President of VIP Public Relations and Partnerships. Song was also with Tods, and at PR agency BPCM, where she managed accounts like Lanvin, Celine and Rimowa.

“We are very excited to add Esther Song to the Pure Beauty team.” Imelda Walavalkar, CEO and Co-Founder from Pure Beauty said. “Her exemplary background in both cannabis and fashion and lifestyle will be instrumental in building our brand in California and other legal markets.”

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