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Eight Years and $83 Million Later, Syqe Medical Releases First Cannabis Inhaler

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An employee sorts freshly harvested cannabis buds at a medical marijuana plantation in northern Israel, March 21, 2017. Photo: Reuters / Nir Elias / File.

CTech – Tel Aviv-based cannabis company Syqe Medical has unveiled its first cannabis inhaler Wednesday, after having invested $83 million and eight years into its development. The company will begin distributing its product in Israel before expanding to other countries, Syqe’s founder Perry Davidson said in a Wednesday interview with Calcalist.

The metered-dose inhaler is roughly pocket-sized, and is designed for precise delivery of cannabis and other medicinal plants’ molecules. The inhaler will be priced at NIS 1,950 (approximately $545), the company said in a statement.

Tel Aviv-listed Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will market the company’s inhalers exclusively in Israel, after signing a marketing and distribution agreement with Syqe in 2016. Syqe will be responsible for the production of the inhaler and its accompanying disposable containers and Teva will distribute the inhalers to doctors, nurses, hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies.

The company has raised a total of $83 million to date and employs a team of 100 people. The company is working towards receiving FDA approval for its inhaler, Davidson said.

The company was issued a permit to import medical cannabis for research purposes, which the company imported from the Dutch company Bedrocan, Davidson said. The use of the imported cannabis is not permitted in the commercial framework, Davidson said.

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