Ekidna, a leading provider of on-site potency test systems, and Cropsify, a comprehensive all-in-one software solution, are excited to announce their integration aimed at simplifying cannabis production. By combining these cutting-edge technologies, we empower cannabis cultivators, extractors, and breeders to streamline their operations, improve decision-making, and maximize efficiency. Ekidna’s on-site potency test system offers licensed […]
Ekidna, a sensor technology company for chemically complex manufacturers, is thrilled to announce their graduation from the 2022/2023 Agriculture Stream of the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) program at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. Ekidna uses sensor technology to deliver instantaneous insights at the point of production in an easy-to-use fashion, requiring no […]
Ekidna’s CEO, Nic Boileau, spoke with ventureLAB to discuss Ekidna’s journey from a research project for medical diagnostic biosensors at the University of Ottawa into cannabinoid potency tests for the cannabis industry. As the cannabis industry grows, Ekidna is committed to providing innovative solutions to its challenges and aims to expand its lab-on-a-chip technology into other industries, […]
Where extractors are now, logistics, path planning and what you take with you. How do the costs and timelines of off-site potency testing affect extractors’ day-to-day operations — and the saleability of their final product? Do these delays and expenses create a ripple effect some LPs may not have considered? We sat down with former […]
Accurate real-time testing plays a broader role in extraction best practices than licensed producers may think. It eases key production challenges, informs improved processes and helps extractors tailor their products. As of February, 2023, the cannabis industry is facing external financial challenges, and extractors are operating within tight profit margins. When dealing with external business […]
Last year, the federal government projected huge profits for the Canadian cannabis industry. Last Wednesday, five of its leading CEOs gathered at a Parliament press conference to highlight the challenges many LPs are facing. The struggle continues for licensed providers to scale sustainably amid high government taxation and inflation. Executives making their pilgrimage to the […]
Purplefarm Genetics is a licensed producer of cannabis located in Ontario, Canada. They specialize in pheno hunting and supplying Canada’s recreational and medicinal markets. Their brand is built on quality and the pursuit of creating exciting new strains in the cannabis space.
Canada, the progressive cannabis country, ushered in amendments to their Cannabis Act that promote more testing and finally give cannabis beverages a chance to compete in the beverage space. As of December 2, 2022, Canadian adults who previously were only allowed to possess a maximum of 6 355ml cans will see that number rise to […]
As the saying goes, “numbers don’t lie.” In the cannabis industry, that’s not always the case. Because wholesalers and distributors peg crop prices to THC and CBD percentages, a potency “arms race” has developed. Some growers are reporting THC percentages in the 30% and 40% range — and beyond. There’s incredible incentive to “lab shop” […]
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Competition in the recreational cannabis industry is fierce, and billions of dollars are up for grabs. There is no NIKE, no Apple, no one brand widely recognized as the industry leader. The field is open, and the (pheno) hunt is on for the next super strain and the next super brand. Who will create the […]
Three years ago, while Nic Boileau was conducting research on biosensors as a PhD candidate, he got the idea for Ekidna. He started the company with a team of professors and PhD researchers from the Faculty of Engineering and Science at uOttawa in 2019. After leading his company to success, Nic reflects on the resources that he leveraged to start Ekidna as a student.