TORONTO and SAN DIEGOJune 19, 2019 /CNW/ – Cover Rivers Inc. (“Cover Rivers“, the “Firm”) (TSXV: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) and ZeaKal, Inc. (“ZeaKal“) are happy to announce an funding and strategic collaboration between Cover Rivers and ZeaKal, a California-based plant science innovator with proprietary applied sciences that sustainably improve photosynthesis, enhance plant yield and improve dietary profiles for quite a lot of agricultural crops. The funding from Cover Rivers marks one other vital company milestone this calendar 12 months for ZeaKal, following the February announcement of its R&D collaboration (hyperlink) with Corteva Agriscience (NYSE: CTVA), the lately spun-out and NYSE-listed agricultural science division of DowDuPont.

ZeaKal’s proprietary know-how, PhotoSeed™, will increase a plant’s intrinsic photosynthetic capability, which means that PhotoSeed™ crops can convert extra daylight and carbon dioxide into power for development. This ends in substantial enchancment in seed and grain yield, in addition to improved macronutrient profiles that drive a rise in each oil and protein content material. For farmers, this implies higher productiveness and revenue margins; for customers, this implies increased dietary profiles and an environmentally pleasant strategy to meet rising world demand. With multi-year discipline trials throughout various plant species in america, Canada and New Zealand, the preliminary industrial focus has been on main row crops. Following Cover Rivers’ funding, ZeaKal intends to increase its program to incorporate cannabis and hemp.

“Our funding in ZeaKal, the fifth consecutive worldwide transaction for Cover Rivers, builds on our thesis of choosing globally scalable and revolutionary processes, merchandise, and applied sciences from complementary industries, and making use of them to the cannabis and hemp financial system,” stated Mary Dimou, Director of Enterprise Growth at Cover Rivers. “Plant sciences is a largely neglected however completely vital phase of the cannabis and hemp worth chain, and we’re in search of to handle this hole with this funding. ZeaKal’s know-how has already realized success throughout a variety of crops throughout discipline trials, and these are crops which were commercialized for many years. The appliance of this revolutionary know-how all through the Cover Rivers portfolio and the cannabis and hemp trade at massive may very well be a sport changer.”

Cover Rivers believes that ZeaKal’s PhotoSeed™ know-how has the potential to translate into vital advantages for the cannabis and hemp trade. Because of prohibition, the cultivation of cannabis and hemp has lacked the agricultural analysis and developments which have considerably improved the cultivation of different crops. Cover Rivers believes that making use of ZeaKal’s PhotoSeed™ know-how to cannabis and hemp represents a major step ahead – with elevated crop yield, increased oil manufacturing, further develop cycles, and enriched cannabinoid output numbering among the many potential advantages of the know-how. Whereas trials on cannabis and hemp have but to start, the optimistic outcomes already achieved give Cover Rivers confidence in ZeaKal’s skilled workforce and its potential to efficiently optimize and adapt its know-how for growth into this trade.

“We’re elated that Cover Rivers, a cannabis and hemp trade authority, has chosen ZeaKal as an agriculture accomplice,” stated Han Chen, Chief Govt Officer of ZeaKal. “Past the capital, it’s additional validation that PhotoSeed™ is a next-generation blockbuster trait that may be utilized throughout various industries. With its wealthy area and technical experience, Cover Rivers is supporting our entry into the cannabis and hemp markets with a know-how we count on to be transformative for the sector.”

On account of its US$10,000,000 funding, Cover Rivers owns roughly 8.7% of ZeaKal on a completely diluted foundation and holds an observer seat on ZeaKal’s board of administrators.

About Cover Rivers:
Cover Rivers is a singular funding and working platform structured to pursue funding alternatives within the rising world cannabis sector. Cover Rivers works collaboratively with Cover Progress Company (TSX: WEED, NYSE: CGC) to establish strategic counterparties in search of monetary and/or working assist. Cover Rivers has developed an funding ecosystem of complementary cannabis working firms that signify numerous segments of the worth chain throughout the rising cannabis sector. Because the portfolio continues to develop, constituents will probably be supplied with alternatives to work with Cover Progress and collaborate amongst themselves, which Cover Rivers believes will maximize worth for its shareholders and foster an setting of innovation, synergy and worth creation for your complete ecosystem.

About ZeaKal:
ZeaKal is a plant science firm developed from the incubation pipeline of Kapyon Ventures in partnership with AgResearch Ltd. The corporate is targeted on growing, PhotoSeed™, a next-generation trait know-how that has been confirmed to extend the photosynthetic capability and yield of a number of main crops.

Ahead-Trying Statements

This information launch accommodates statements which represent “forward-looking data” throughout the which means of relevant securities legal guidelines, together with statements concerning the plans, intentions, beliefs and present expectations of Cover Rivers with respect to future enterprise actions and working efficiency. Ahead-looking data is commonly recognized by the phrases “could”, “would”, “might”, “ought to”, “will”, “intend”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “consider”, “estimate”, “count on” or comparable expressions and consists of data concerning: the applying and advantages of ZeaKal’s PhotoSeed™ know-how for quite a lot of crops and industries, together with cannabis and hemp; the growth of ZeaKal’s program to incorporate cannabis and hemp; ZeaKal’s workforce and its potential to optimize and adapt the PhotoSeed™ know-how for cannabis and hemp; the influence of ZeaKal’s PhotoSeed™ know-how on Cover Rivers’ portfolio, the cannabis and hemp trade, farmers and customers; Cover Rivers’ funding thesis; and different expectations concerning financial, enterprise, and/or aggressive components.

Buyers are cautioned that forward-looking data is just not primarily based on historic information however as an alternative displays administration’s expectations, estimates or projections regarding future outcomes or occasions primarily based on the opinions, assumptions and estimates of administration thought-about cheap on the date the statements are made. Though Cover Rivers believes that the expectations mirrored in such forward-looking data are cheap, such data entails dangers and uncertainties, and undue reliance shouldn’t be positioned on such data, as unknown or unpredictable components might have materials opposed results on future outcomes, efficiency or achievements of Cover Rivers. Among the many key components that might trigger precise outcomes to vary materially from these projected within the forward-looking data are the next: regulatory and licensing dangers; the precise software and advantages of ZeaKal’s PhotoSeed™ know-how; adjustments in ZeaKal’s program; the efficiency of ZeaKal’s workforce and its potential to optimize and adapt the PhotoSeed™ know-how for cannabis and hemp; the precise influence of ZeaKal’s PhotoSeed™ know-how on Cover Rivers’ portfolio, the cannabis and hemp trade, farmers and customers; the flexibility of ZeaKal and Cover Rivers to collaborate; alternatives for funding by Cover Rivers; adjustments usually financial, enterprise and political situations, together with adjustments within the monetary markets; the worldwide regulatory panorama and enforcement associated to cannabis, together with political dangers and dangers regarding regulatory change; dangers regarding anti-money laundering legal guidelines; compliance with in depth authorities regulation; public opinion and notion of the cannabis trade; and the chance components set out in Cover Rivers’ remaining brief kind prospectus dated February 21, 2019, filed with Canadian securities regulators and out there on Cover Rivers’ profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Ought to a number of of those dangers or uncertainties materialize, or ought to assumptions underlying the forward-looking data show incorrect, precise outcomes could range materially from these described herein as meant, deliberate, anticipated, believed, estimated or anticipated. Though Cover Rivers has tried to establish essential dangers, uncertainties and components which might trigger precise outcomes to vary materially, there could also be others that trigger outcomes to not be as anticipated, estimated or meant. Cover Rivers doesn’t intend, and doesn’t assume any obligation, to replace this forward-looking data besides as in any other case required by relevant legislation.

Neither the TSX Enterprise Trade nor its Regulation Providers Supplier (as that time period is outlined within the insurance policies of the TSX Enterprise Trade) accepts duty for the adequacy or accuracy of this launch.

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