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February 2017

| VOICES Bi-Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica


he University ofTechnology,Jamaica’s long track record of research into

the medicinal properties of indigenous herbal plants has been further

strengthened with the brokering of a Memorandum of Agreement

with Timeless Herbal Care – an international, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical

company. The agreement between UTech, Jamaica and Timeless Herbal

Care for the development of research in medical marijuana was formally

announced at a special briefing held at the University’s Papine campus on

Thursday, January 12, 2017.President and CEO of Timeless Herbal Care,

Mr. Courtney Betty, a Jamaican attorney-at-law, based in Canada, in his

remarks explained that he retired from law three years ago to help the

government of Jamaica to create a legal framework for a medical marijuana

industry. Affirming his commitment to the development of the industry in

Jamaica, Mr. Betty told the gathering that “from the very beginning we were

not about selling ganja, we are not about smoking marijuana; from the

very beginning we were about bringing forth medical products to market,”

he said. In this regard, Mr. Betty expressed confidence in the anticipated

fruitful partnership with UTech, Jamaica in carrying out research towards

product development in medicinal cannabis.

Timeless Announces Scholarships for UTech, Jamaica students

During the briefing ceremony,Timeless Herbal Care announced the provision

of two scholarships to UTech, Jamaica students enrolled in science based

courses of study. The scholarships valued at J$1 million dollars are named

in memory of Myrtle Clementine Betty and Lilly Rose Clarke, mothers of

the two principal partners of the company and will commence in the next

academic year, 2017/2018.

Under the MoA agreement UTech, Jamaica will provide technical training of

stakeholders through expertise in its School of Pharmacy, College of Health

Sciences, as well as research and testing of cannabis strains for product


Dr. Janet Campbell-Shelly, Acting Dean, College of Health Sciences in her

welcome, noted that the University has developed productive partnerships

with several groups and partners since UTech, Jamaica received its first

medical marijuana research licence on May 13, 2015 from then Minister

Hon. Phillip Paulwell and a renewed licence in May 2016 from current

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley,

MP. She expressed confidence that these partnerships will continue to

advance opportunities for faculty and student research for the benefit of

Jamaica and by extension, the world.

Dr. Ellen Campbell Grizzle, Associate Professor noted that the signing of the

MoA marks a milestone of a longstanding relationship with the company

and underscored that UTech, Jamaica’s focus will continue to be on

medicinal cannabis with a balanced approach in fostering public education,

community involvement and substance abuse prevention.

Adjunct Professor in plant based medicine, Dr. Lawrence Williams, who has

been appointed by the University to advance research work in herbal plants,

in his remarks, said that his current research work is focused on looking at

the anti-inflammatory properties and compounds of cannabis and the anti-

diabetic properties of guinea hen weed. His research is also investigating

the compound devenzil trisulphide to determine whether compounds from

cannabis can synergise the activities of that anti-cancer compound. “They

have now synthesised a derivative of devenzil trisulphide which is now at

stage 2 of technical trials in China, so that work is going very well.” Dr.

Williams said.

UTech, Jamaica Signs Agreement with Timeless Herbal

Care for Development of the Medical Cannabis Industry

Scholarship Presentation: Mr. Courtney Betty (left), President and CEO, Timeless

Herbal Care Ltd. presents his company’s scholarship commitment document to

happy recipients (from left) Dr. Ellen Campbell-Grizzle, Associate Professor and

former Dean of the College of Health Sciences (COHS), Dr. Janet Campbell-Shelly,

Acting Dean, COHS, Dr. Andrea Daly, Acting Head, School of Pharmacy, COHS.

Sharing in the happy occasion is Mr. Leroy Sibblies, investor, Timeless Herbal Care

Ltd. The presentation was made during a briefing ceremony held at UTech, Jamai-

ca’s Papine campus on Thursday, January 12, 2017 to announce the Memoran-

dum of Agreement signed between the two entities to support the development of

Jamaica’s medical marijuana industry.

Guinea Hen Weed pharmaceutical products: Dr. Lawrence Williams, (right) Adjunct

Professor in plant based research, College of Health Sciences (COHS), University

of Technology, Jamaica explains the therapeutic and healing properties of two

of his Guinea Hen Weed pharmaceutical products developed in collaboration and

retailed under the Timeless Herbal Care brand – the Guinea Hen Weed Tonic

and Restorative and the Guinea Hen Weed Magic Relief pain ointment, to Mrs.

Michelle Beckford (left) Corporate Communications Manager, UTech, Ja. and Dr.

Janet Campbell-Shelly, Acting Dean, COHS at a special briefing session at its

Papine campus on Thursday, January 12, 2017 to announce a Memorandum of

Agreement signed between UTech, Jamaica and Timeless Herbal Care Limited to

support the development of the medicinal cannabis industry in Jamaica.