Partnerships That Truly Make Us an Alliance
Science is always a collaborative effort. No matter what you’re studying, you need a solid team of researchers to refine each other’s ideas, benefactors who fund the research, and sometimes subjects depending on the subject of study. Even experiments carried out by one researcher in isolation need to have their results reviewed and replicated by other researchers after publication in a scientific journal to verify their credibility.
That’s why, though the Green Growers Technology Alliance embodies a certain spirit of independence in how we insist on taking biotech research in innovative new directions, we still see ourselves as a collective network of scientific professionals working together toward a common goal. It’s also why we’re happy to come together with others to combine efforts when the fit is right.
There are a few different projects that GGTA is currently working on in collaboration. Here’s a breakdown of those efforts and the trusted partners we’ve teamed with on those projects.
To conduct quality research, you need quality facilities. To address this need, GGTA has several research facilities, located in Milford, Massachusetts and on Long Island in New York.
The Long Island facility, which also functions as GGTA’s headquarters, is where we research and formulate various biotech products and carry out prototyping. It’s where we further study biopolymers like our GEO™ line, as well as start looking into new projects like those described below.
In addition to that facility, we also conduct research at another lab in Milford, Massachusetts. This facility is provided by one of our partners, ProVerde Laboratories, Inc. They also lend us their analytical and consulting services as well as innovative and environmentally friendly testing and separation technologies.
This partnership gives us the freedom to pursue research in a diverse variety of directions that normally would be difficult to explore, and facilitates our ability to formulate our products and get them on the market. We’re privileged to have ProVerde Labs to make this all possible.
One of the projects that ProVerde and GGTA have worked on together is GGTA Advanced Materials. Because we’re dedicated to revolutionizing cultivation and farming practices with biotech, we’ve set out to develop a way to take excess plant material that’s usually discarded after harvest, and convert it into raw construction materials for manufacturers to use in their products.
Plants are typically raised for a particular part of the plant. Whether it’s the flower, fruit, leaves, or root, that desirable part is harvested, and the rest of the plant disposed of. We aim to leverage our expertise in biotech to find ways to take this discarded plant material and turn it into high-quality polymers, absorbents, thermoplastics, and more. Those materials can then be used by local manufacturers to create a variety of final products.
This initiative will reduce excess waste in agriculture and improve our efficient use of resources. One of the ways we hope this can have a positive impact is in helping local needs be met by local industry. Much like how many manufacturers recycle scrap metal from local sources, this will allow manufacturers to source other materials locally as well. That can be particularly helpful in poor or developing areas of the world.
On top of that, the processes and raw materials we develop are all carbon neutral or carbon negative, using no petroleum. This means that all of the solutions that come out of this project are environmentally friendly ways of supplying raw materials as well.
Though much of our work is in the agricultural industry, we’ve seen the potential for our biotech research to have a positive impact in other areas as well. One of those is cancer treatment and pain management. Seeing how treatment options are changing, we’re directing our efforts into new treatment products as part of that shift.
These efforts have produced things like analgesic topical creams for pain relief, but in particular, we’re proud to be working with renowned five-star chef John Doherty and ProVerde Labs to develop a line of edible cannabinoid products for cancer patients.
Chemotherapy often makes people lose certain types of taste, or experience a constant vaguely metallic taste in their mouths. Food doesn’t taste the same anymore, there’s a loss of appetite, and as a result it’s much more difficult to eat enough to get all the nutrition you need in your fight.
That’s why our products take the form of meals crafted by chef John Doherty, Executive Chef for the world-renowned Waldorf-Astoria hotel in NYC for almost 24 years. These multi-course meals are designed to appeal to the types of taste and smell which appeal most to people whose palates have been impacted by chemo. They’re also nutritionally enriched and formulated with legal cannabinoids used in pain management as part of a cancer treatment regimen.
The medical components of these meals are developed by ProVerde Labs in Milford, where they run trials with volunteer patients and we organize, package, and license the data while also providing scientific support and consultation. Together with John Doherty and ProVerde Labs, we at GGTA aim to make a positive impact in improving the day-to-day lives of patients battling this disease.