Fluence, one of the world’s leading providers of energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial cannabis and food production, announced the expansion of its research partnership with Netherlands-based Innexo BV today. Innexo, a contract research organization (CRO), specializes in agricultural science, focusing on molecular farming and medicinal plants.
“We are witnessing significant milestones in terms of cannabis legalization in Europe, such as cannabis cultivation clubs in Germany and Dutch tender calls for coffee shops, indicating substantial opportunities and demand for expanding knowledge about cannabis cultivation,” said Timo Bongartz, General Manager of Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Fluence.
Innexo is leveraging Fluence’s VYPR Broad R4 LED solution to support its newly introduced Innovation Acceleration Platform (IAP). The IAP enables small innovative businesses close to the cannabis industry to research medical cannabis cultivation. The first cohort of IAP participants, including companies such as biostimulants and fertilizer producers, will conduct research trials focused on plant health, resilience, and hardiness under Fluence’s LED lights.
“Fluence is a natural choice for a lighting provider to support the IAP as we share a common vision of making research accessible and driving technological innovations that pave the way for the future of medical cannabis cultivation,” said Dominique van Gruisen, Managing Director at Innexo. “Fluence’s scientifically oriented product development and in-house team of horticulture experts are unique among lighting providers. In addition, the knowledge and advice provided to IAP participants from subject matter experts at Innexo and Fluence will expedite their ability to generate intellectual property through these research trials.”
The collaboration on research between Innexo and Fluence began in October 2022. Both companies, recognized as innovative in cannabis research, initially teamed up to study the effects of under-canopy lighting versus top-lighting applications in medical cannabis plants.
“The burgeoning legalization of cannabis in Europe, like the cannabis cultivation clubs in Germany and Dutch tender calls for coffee shops, point to vast opportunities and a high demand for expanded knowledge about cannabis cultivation,” added Bongartz from Fluence. “An increase in research topics has naturally accompanied the expansion of the legal market, but it often doesn’t benefit from the proper resources for exploration. Partnering with a cannabis research pioneer like Dominique facilitates access to tools that spur innovation at Innexo BV.”
At one of the most significant cannabis industry events worldwide, GreenTech Amsterdam 2023, Fluence will remain deeply engaged to advance cannabis research and assist the world in smarter cultivation. The Fluence booth at GreenTech will host a series of research sessions featuring Dominique van Gruisen and Fluence experts Dr. David Hawley, Lead Scientist, and Sebastian Olschowski, Research Project Manager for EMEA.
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