Panel at NMU gives students insight into the growing medicinal cannabis industry

Published: Oct. 31, 2019 at 5:44 PM EDT
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Thursday afternoon, students at Northern Michigan University got a chance to learn more about the world of medicinal cannabis from leading industry professionals.

Representatives from the companies Green Peak Innovations, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, and Orion GMP Solutions spoke on the panel.

"It's a brand new industry, so if you want to get into a startup culture working with cannabis, I highly recommend getting into it,” said Molly Kreykes, plant development manager with Green Peak Innovations. “There's a lot of capital, so there's also a lot of room for advancement."

Students got to learn more about the young cannabis industry, as well as different ways they can get their foot in the door.

"There are a lot of opportunities in the near future for these students, but they've got to get connected," said Scott Kuzdzal, Ph.D., Vice President of Shimadzu Scientific Industries.

Thanks to a donation from Shimadzu, an industry leader, students in NMU’s medicinal plant chemistry program will be using cutting edge equipment that will prepare them for life in professional labs.

“That is something that is unheard of,” said Emily Roberts, a biochemist at Green Peak Innovations. “So this definitely puts the individuals in this program a step ahead when it comes to jumping right into their career out of college if they look to work in the cannabis workspace."

Green Peak Innovations announced they will also be seeking interns next year. The facilities at NMU could give students an advantage in securing a position.

“Not many universities in the state or nationally have a cannabis program, so Northern is a step ahead of everybody else," said Kreykes.

Panelists hope their insight gives students plenty of information to grow on. Shimadzu will be dedicating their brand new lab in the West Science building Friday at 1 p.m.

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