Vancouver, British Columbia — Hemptown Clothing Inc., a leading provider of environmentally responsible clothing, announced today confirmation of $223,118.00 from the Government of Canada’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development program (SR&ED), in recognition of the Company’s 2002 and 2003 work in the development of its unique environmentally friendly fabrics and garments.
The Company will be submitting its application for 2004 SR&ED funding in April of this year, for a yet-to-be-determined amount.
In 2004 the Company also secured a collaboration agreement with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to expand its research with a biotech development of an enzyme that would unlock the economic potential of industrial hemp fiber as a cost-competitive alternative to cotton. The first patents for this new technology called CRAILAR™ are expected to be filed shortly.
Hemptown will begin working on licensing agreements to bring the new fabrics to market through a select number of top-level manufacturing firms in the very near future.
Jason Finnis, President of Hemptown, noted, “Recognition from two independent bodies from within the Government of Canada are proof that our product is not only environmentally sustainable, but has valuable economic potential. We are very pleased to be on the leading edge of this industry, and the burgeoning Hemp Bio-Tech industry.”
Hemptown Clothing Inc. is the world’s largest hemp T-shirt apparel brand and sells a line of hemp/cotton activewear: T-shirts, sweatshirts and ball caps to wholesalers, retailers and consumers. Hemptown is also involved in ongoing research and development of quality and conservation-based textile bio-technology, working vertically to enhance its products and the benefits they provide to crop farmers, consumers and the environment.
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