Professor Trevor Jones, CBE, FMedSci, appointed chairman of the newly formed European Medicinal Cannabis Association

Brussels, 9 January 2020: The European Medicinal Cannabis Association (EUMCA), the newly formed Brussels-based industry body which advocates for European evidence-based policy to improve patient access to high-quality cannabis treatment, has today announced the appointment of Professor Jones, CBE, FMedSci, as its new Chairman.  

The EUMCA, incorporated on 14th November 2019, was formally launched the following week at MedCann 2019 in Malta, and represents the interests of ethical companies working in supply and manufacturer of medicinal cannabis. Founding members include: Bundesverband der Pharmazeutischen Industrie (BPI), Cannaflos, Comm-Op Europe, Ethical Medicines Industry Group (EMIG), Iqanna, Materia Ventures, MSSV, Panaxia and Tilray.

In Professor Jones, the EUMCA will be welcoming an accomplished and distinguished scientist, policy expert and businessman who, in the course of his career, has made a central contribution to global health through his scientific research and development output. As Group R&D Director at The Wellcome Foundation Ltd he was responsible for the development of AZT, Zovirax, Lamictal, Malarone and other medicines. He was a Director of Allergan Inc. (USA), and Director General of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI).

Professor Jones served for 12 years as a member of the UK Government Regulatory Agency Medicines Commission and as Chairman of the UK Government Advisory Group on Genetics Research. Currently he is Director of the Life Sciences investment company Arix Bioscience plc, of the Oxford based Drug Discovery Company e-Therapeutics plc and of Respiratory Innovation Wales Ltd. Professor Jones is also a visiting professor at King’s College, London and was appointed to the World Health Organization Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health. 

Sita Schubert, General Secretary of the European Medicinal Cannabis Association, commented:

“We are honoured to have Professor Jones lead the EUMCA as we look to build on our mission to promote scientific medical research, and to bring a credible voice that drives and shapes policy in the standardised, ethical and sustainable use of medicinal cannabis across the region.


“EUMCA exists to help producers and manufacturers overcome challenges, such as meeting GMP standards, but, with our aggregated experience in pharmaceuticals, biotech and government, we are also uniquely well placed to leverage best practice as we drive positive change and innovation.”

Prof Trevor M Jones CBE FMedSci, commented:

EUMCA’s members are the ethical European manufacturers and suppliers of pharmaceutical grade cannabis products and the organisation’s aim is to become the authoritative voice for the industry sector. This is about creating a supportive regulatory environment in which producers and manufacturers sign up to good manufacturing practices (GMP) and deliver medicinal cannabinoid treatments that conform with acknowledged scientific standards of quality, safety and efficacy. We seek a standardised and harmonised regulatory prescribing framework to which all Member States can confidently ascribe and this will not be achieved in the absence of a base of sound scientific evidence. I am delighted to be able to lead the organization as it commences its vital work in the field of medicinal cannabis.

For further information, please contact:

SENSO Communications
Penny Lukats, 07775992350, penny@sensocommunications.com

For more information on the EUMCA (www.eumca.org)and membership, please contact:
Sita Schubert, General Secretary of the EUMCA on+32 233 90 281, info@eumca.org

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

The EUMCA is the first international non-profit association governed by the provisions of the Belgian Code des Sociétés et des Associations. Its membership is a multi-stakeholder network representing the interests of a wide range of organisations operating in the research and development, production and/or distribution of medical cannabis-based treatments.

The EUMCA’s mission is to improve the life and health outcomes of patients across Europe, by promoting the development of national government healthcare policies that advocate i) the ethical prescription of pharmaceutical-grade medicinal cannabis, and ii) advance patient access to treatments. It does this through:

  • Research & Development: Promoting scientific medical research and policy to support the standardised, ethical and sustainable use of medicinal cannabis.
  • Patient Access & Reimbursement: Working with national reimbursement institutions to improve patient access to medical cannabis-based treatments.
  • Medical Education: Providing evidence-based knowledge and learning on medicinal cannabis to healthcare professionals and patients.
  • Legal & Compliance: Consulting with governments where ongoing or urgent action is necessary.
  • Regulatory & Quality: Providing members with counsel and guidance on regulatory affairs.
  • Business Development: Delivering networking opportunities for members focused on building their business through M&A, licensing, partnering and novel in-market strategies.
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