Press Release – December 10, 2018

Flow Control Valve

Vitalis Extraction Technology Granted Patent for Design of its Flow Control Valve

KELOWNA, British ColumbiaDec. 10, 2018 

Vitalis Extraction Technology, the leader in industrial-scale supercritical CO2 extraction equipment manufacturer, was just granted its first patent. The patent, number US10,143,937, protects the design of its cyclone separator and superfluid extraction system with a novel needle flow control valve. The novel needle valve allows the operator of the superfluid extraction system to manage the flow of CO2 running from the extraction vessel into the separator assembly and achieve process optimization for the best ratio of yield, quality, the quantity of solvent, and extraction time.

The new technology represents a significant improvement from a simple needle-valve design. The novel Vitalis Flow Control Valve allows the equipment operator to have a more delicate control over the flow of CO2 at all pressure ranges, compared to on/off or pressure control valves. It also offers the operator quick access to clean the valve if required. The patent was granted on the heels of Vitalis earning its American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) certification of its fabrication facility in October. Vitalis Extraction Technology is one of Canada's first and only ASME BPV certified extraction original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in their marketspace.

James Seabrook, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Vitalis, said, "This patent exemplifies our dedication to ongoing innovation and producing equipment that exceeds the accepted standards and raises industry expectations when it comes to CO2 extraction technology. It underscores our commitment to providing our customers with the highest level of quality and workmanship. We look forward to continuing to our culture of innovation."

By combining outstanding engineering design with knowledge and experience honed in pressure component manufacturing, Vitalis' scalable systems feature best in class flow rates, innovative separation technology, and efficient recovery solvent system. All of these principles are applied to their standard product ranges which vary from 40kg of biomass processing to their larger and custom systems capable of over 1,000Kg daily.

 

PRESS CONTACT

For Additional Information, please contact

Judy Campbell, Campbell Consulting
judy@campbellconsulting.com, 541-410-9113

Press Release – October 2, 2018

Pressure gauge

Canada’s First ASME Certified Extraction Equipment Manufacturer

Vitalis Extraction Technology Raises Bar, Sets New Standard in Growing Cannabis Industry

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA,CANADA , October 2, 2018
Vitalis Extraction Technology, the largest supercritical CO2 extraction equipment manufacturer serving the international cannabis industry, today claimed the title as Canada’s first and only American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) BPV certified extraction original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in the cannabis industry. The announcement comes on the heels of the company’s rapid expansion that doubled its production capacity.

While all Vitalis Extraction Technology equipment has always been designed, fabricated, and tested and certified in accordance with the latest ASME and CSA codes, the recent ASME certification now allows Vitalis to manufacture its own certified pressure vessels in-house, owning the process from start to finish.

“Becoming ASME certified to manufacture fully-certified vessels in house was a huge undertaking and an even bigger accomplishment,” said Pete Patterson, COO and co-founder of Vitalis Extraction Technology. “ASME completed an extensive audit of our fabrication facility and processes and found our methods and procedures to be excellent. Being able to produce certified vessels in house is unprecedented in our nation’s industry. Reaching this goal was a true team effort that involved everyone from our founders to engineers and fabricators who all knew what it would take to keep us ahead in this competitive and growing market.”

Founded in 2016, Vitalis Extraction Technology produces the most sophisticated high-flowing, industrial-scale, supercritical CO2 extraction systems for the cannabis industry. Renowned for their reliability, scalability, and continuous operation, all Vitalis systems are designed and manufactured in accordance with ASME and CSA Standards for Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Construction. Each vessel is stamped with a CRN and NB registration number confirming that the vessels meet both US and Canadian code requirements.

“Simply being ‘designed-to-code’ isn’t enough when you’re handling a high-pressure system,” said Joel Sherlock, chairman and co-founder of Vitalis Extraction Technology. “Extraction systems are a required component in cannabis oil production. With something so imperative yet potentially dangerous, safety is critical. Owning this process allows us to continue to build certified, ‘future-proof’ machines, designed to expand for increased output and volume as a customer’s demands increase.”

With full legalization on the horizon, tightened regulations are inevitable. Vitalis' ASME certificate affirms that each system is built in accordance with the latest regulatory codes, eliminating downstream problems for customers by helping to ensure compliance with their local jurisdictional requirements for installation and operation. Voted Top Extraction Equipment at the 2017 Lift Canadian Cannabis Awards, Vitalis is on the forefront of emerging Canadian and global markets. On track for a 105% increase in sales this fiscal year, these accomplishments confirm Vitalis’ place as the largest commercial supercritical CO2 extraction equipment company in the cannabis space in North America.

PRESS CONTACT

For Additional Information, please contact

Judy Campbell, Campbell Consulting
judy@campbellconsulting.com, 541-410-9113

Press Release – July 30, 2018

R-200-Team-1674x1365

Vitalis Extraction Technology Adds Ten New Hires in Ten Days

Doubles Production Capacity, Expands Footprint Helps ‘Future-Proof’ Cannabis Companies

Kelowna, British Columbia – July 30, 2018 – Vitalis Extraction Technology today announced a rapid expansion plan solidifying its position as the largest supercritical CO2 extraction equipment company serving the cannabis industry in North America. Vitalis Extraction Technology works with some of the largest and most award-winning names in cannabis – both extract and edible companies – all over the world.

“Our expansion will keep us one step ahead in a fast-growing industry,” said Joel Sherlock, co-founder and chairman of Vitalis Extraction Technology. “Global market increase brings new and returning customers, meaning we have to increase capacity and productivity on every level. We’re adding to headcount and growing our workspace, which will empower us to double our daily system output while driving new research and development.”

Founded in 2016, Vitalis Extraction Technology produces the most sophisticated high-flowing, industrial-scale, supercritical CO2 extraction systems for the cannabis industry. Voted Top Extraction Equipment at the 2017 Lift Canadian Cannabis Awards, Vitalis is on the forefront of emerging Canadian and global markets. Expanding its team of 40 employees, Vitalis’ 10 new hires will include warehouse managers, equipment fabricators and assemblers as well as service technicians across North and South America. The company will almost double its footprint by adding 10,000 square feet of workspace in Kelowna, BC.

“Extraction equipment is one of the most expensive and critical components of cannabis production and distribution, and we understand the gravity of a purchase this size for a growing company,” said Sherlock. “Oftentimes a customer will purchase a machine, and shortly thereafter need a system with greater capacity. Instead of buying a whole new machine, the Vitalis Q and R series systems are ‘future-proofing’ our clients’ businesses, meaning they’re designed to expand for increased output and volume. So when it’s time to scale and expand, no matter the company size, the Vitalis machines will be able to meet those growth needs without a complete replacement.”

Leading the extraction equipment field, Vitalis systems are renowned for their reliability, scalability, and continuous operation. All Vitalis systems are designed and manufactured in accordance with ASME and CSA Standards for Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code, and stamped with a CRN and NB registration number confirming that the vessels meet code and have been designed and examined by professional engineers and Authorized Inspectors.

“As the cannabis industry grows, so do our clients,” said Sherlock. “Their success is our success. Expanding our space and hiring new talent will empower us to continue to provide the best product and support in the most aggressive timeframes in the industry.”

Vitalis currently has 40 employees and is set to hire 10 more in August and employ a total of 75 people by the close of 2018. On track for a 105% increase in sales this fiscal year, Vitalis is set to remain the largest commercial supercritical CO2 extraction equipment company in the cannabis space in North America.

About Vitalis Extraction Technology

Vitalis Extraction Technology Inc.© (Vitalis) is a privately-owned, Kelowna-based engineering and manufacturing company, producing the highest-flowing industrial supercritical CO2 extraction system for the cannabis industry. The company’s core focus on innovation and design has vaulted it to the forefront of the market. Renowned for their reliability, scalability, and continuous operation, Vitalis systems are designed and manufactured in accordance with ASME and CSA Standards for Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code. The vessels are stamped with a CRN and NB registration number confirming that the vessels meet code and have been examined by an Authorized Inspector. With systems on three continents, Vitalis has the most deployments of industrial CO2 supercritical extractors into the cannabis industry. Vitalis was voted Top Extraction Equipment at the 2017 Lift Canadian Cannabis Awards and Thompson Okanagan Business Excellence Award for Manufacturer of the Year, 2018.

PRESS CONTACT

For Additional Information, please contact

Judy Campbell, Campbell Consulting
judy@campbellconsulting.com, 541-410-9113

Just Another Night

TOBE Award

It was supposed to be just another fun night.

24 hours after being recognized at Kelowna's Top 40 Under 40 celebration, Pete Patterson and James Seabrook were enjoying the evening at the 2018 Thompson Okanagan Business Excellence Awards.

The gala, hosted and supported by Grant Thornton LLP was the first in the Thompson Okanagan region, celebrating the accomplishments of companies from Kamloops to Penticton.

Then it happened again.

Vitalis Extracton Technology, led by Patterson, Seabrook, and co-founder Joel Sherlock, was the recipient of another accolade, this time taking home the 2018 award for Manufacturing Business of the Year.

Quick to share the success, Patterson immediately thanked the Vitalis team, "This is because of all of you! We have such a great team and I’m proud of all of you".

Without a doubt, the enthusiastic and skilled team at Vitalis is an Okanagan success-story. After more than 2 years of research, development, and innovation, Vitalis opened its doors in early 2016 to take the supercritical extraction industry by storm.

In short order, Vitalis became an industry leader with deployments across three continents and more industrial-scale deployments than any other competitor. With 18 patent claims in the first year alone, Vitalis brought industrial innovation and business expertise to a market that had seen less than 10 patents filed in its lifetime.

Winner of the 2017 Canadian Cannabis Award for Top Extraction Equipment, and finalist in the International Trade Category at the BC Small Business Awards, Vitalis has grown into one of the Okanagan's rising business stars with industry recognition becoming a welcome and regular occurrence.

"We're exceptionally fortunate for the great relationships we've forged with our customers, the amazing team we've assembled, and the growth we've witnessed," Patterson remarks. "Certainly, our future looks bright, and we're extremely happy to be recognized for our accomplishments thus far."

With another trophy bound for the showcase, the bar for what constitutes a fun night at Vitalis is rising.

No longer whispering: Top 40 profile of Pete Patterson

Steve MacNaull May 23, 2018, Kelowna Daily Courier
See the original article here

Pete Patterson loves to see people's reaction when he tells them he makes the machinery used to process marijuana.

Pete Top 40 under 40Some are shocked and taken aback, after all, cannabis used to be an illegal drug.

Others are impressed and think it's cool Patterson is capitalizing on a thoroughly modern and lucrative business sector.

"When we first started Vitalis Extraction Technology, I used to cover my mouth and say what business I was in quietly," said Patterson, who is the company's co-founder and chief operating officer.

"Now, I'm very open about it. It's not taboo anymore. We don't touch the plant."

That's right, Vitalis manufactures, sells and installs the units that use high-pressure carbon dioxide to turn cannabis into the essential oils used in products for both medical and recreational use.

In fact, 40 Vitalis-made machines are in use around the world.

Most are in the U.S., but 10 are in Canada, two are in Colombia and one in Serbia.

Marijuana is legal in Canada for medical use, but is expected to also become legal for recreational use by the end of the year.

"We're already seeing many Canadian companies ramping up for the recreational legalization," said Patterson.

"Canada is a good market for us, but 80 per cent of our business is in the U.S."

The recreational use of cannabis is legal in nine states – Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington – plus the District of Columbia.

It is also decriminalized in another 13 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The extraction machines are manufactured by Vitalis in Kelowna, where it has 37 employees.

Vitalis' botanical extraction systems are state-of-the-art and have dramatically improved technology that hadn't really changed in the past century.

In fact, Vitalis' innovation meant it filed patents with over 18 unique claims in its first year of operation.

Making essential oil-extraction machines for the cannabis industry is a far cry from the photocopier business Patterson used to be in.

However, Patterson knows business operations and it's served him well in both careers.

He was the Vancouver-based national operations manager for Ricoh photocopiers overseeing a $100-million-a-year business.

He also has an executive MBA from Royal Rhodes University in Victoria.

When he moved to Kelowna six years ago it was because his clinical psychologist wife, Fiona, had landed a dream job here.

The only person Patterson knew in Kelowna was ReMax realtor Joel Sherlock, who had just helped engineer James Seabrook buy a house.

Sherlock was also helping Seabrook raise money to start Vitalis.

Patterson came on board to help write the business plan and handle operations.

For the business plan, Patterson followed a Blue Ocean Strategy as outlined in the book of the same name by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne.

Such strategy urges businesses to skip competing with other companies in the bloody, red ocean and come up a niche where you have the market to yourself, thus an untouched, blue ocean.

So, rather than get into the highly-competitive field to supply extraction machines for coffee or cosmetics sectors, Vitalis decided to concentrate on the under-served burgeoning cannabis extraction market.

It's worked and Vitalis is a world leader and is positioned to only get bigger and better.

Working at a rapidly growing company leaves Patterson with very little spare time.

"It's a good thing business is my passion because I spend most of my time with Vitalis," said Patterson.

"But I also enjoy family time with my wife and our son, Hemingway, 2. We get out on hikes, go to the pool, go to Vancouver Island to see family and get to Hawaii for a week here and there on vacation."

Patterson's volunteerism is linked to Vitalis.

The whole staff has made lunches to distribute to the homeless, stuffed Christmas hampers for clients of the Central Okanagan Food Bank, donated blood and cycled for Multiple Sclerosis fundraising as a group.

PRESS CONTACT

For Additional Information, please contact

Judy Campbell, Campbell Consulting
judy@campbellconsulting.com, 541-410-9113

Vitalis Extraction Technology announces deal with HempAmericana

Kelowna Engineering & Manufacturing Company supplying extraction equipment to New York CBD Oil Producer

Kelowna, BC, February 2, 2018 - Kelowna engineering and manufacturing company, Vitalis Extraction Technology, is pleased to announce their working relationship with HempAmericana (OTCPK:HMPQ), a New York-based CBD Oil production company. Vitalis is completing construction and installation of a 200L supercritical CO2 extraction system, delivery scheduled for Q1 2018.

HempAmericana, under the leadership of CEO Salvador Rosillo, had the option to lease but instead chose to purchase the machinery in full, completing payment terms in January 2018. HempAmericana recently made announcements to their shareholders highlighting the procurement of this industrial-scale extraction system.

The 200L R-Series extractor, a system capable of processing more than 200lbs of dry product per day, is one of the largest offerings in the Vitalis fleet. With plans to unveil an even higher volume system in late 2018 combined with the most North American deployments of industrial-scale supercritical CO2 extraction machines, Vitalis has become the market leader.

"We're excited to be working with HempAmericana, and I enjoyed going through the process with Sal and his team," commented Vitalis Director of Sales, Rob Murray. "We're looking forward to a great business relationship."

Vitalis was founded in 2016, engineering, manufacturing and distributing the most sophisticated and highest flowing industrial supercritical CO2 extraction systems in the world.

Engineer here by mistake: Top 40 profile of James Seabrook

Steve MacNaull January 24, 2018, Kelowna Daily Courier
See the original article here

James Seabrook, originally from Ottawa, is in Kelowna by mistake.

"I applied to UBC's science program because I always wanted to move to Vancouver," said the 30-year-old.

"But, my acceptance was for UBC's Okanagan campus. I'd never been to Kelowna. It was meant to be because it was a great opportunity for me. I graduated and stayed in Kelowna to start a business and enjoy the whole golf-and-ski lifestyle."

After graduating from high school in Ottawa, Seabook moved to Osaka, Japan for a year to teach English and French.

It was while finishing up in Japan that Seabrook sent that fateful application to the University of British Columbia.

He graduated in 2011 with an applied science degree in mechanical engineering.

Seabrook landed a job at Multipower Products in Kelowna, doing mechanical design for drilling equipment used in mineral prospecting.

While Seabrook enjoyed the work, he's an entrepreneur at heart and decided to leave his job to start his own business designing drive train technology.

"It started and failed pretty quickly," he said.

"A lot of factors led to the failure. It wasn't the right product at the right time. The market wasn't there and I wasn't with the right people. But absolutely, I learned from that failure and it's led to my success with Vitalis Extraction Technology."

To start Vitalis in 2016, Seabrook teamed up with two friends and associates – Joel Sherlock, who heads up sales for the company, and Pete Patterson, who handles operations.

"Those two guys deserve a Top Forty Under 40 nomination as much as I do," said Seabrook.

"But our corporate lawyer, Sylvia Lee, nominated me because I'm the designer of the equipment and the chief technology officer."

The equipment is Vitalis' customized units and process using high-pressure carbon dioxide to turn virtually any biomass into essential oils.

It could be used to decaffeinate coffee beans or turn lavender flowers into extract.

However, Vitalis has found its niche making the machines for the marijuana industry.

"It's a sensitive topic," said Seabrook.

"We design and sell equipment to companies that are legal or approved by Health Canada. We're just the manufacturer of the equipment, not the processor. Our machines are used 40 per cent for hemp processing and 60 per cent for cannabis processing."

Of the 30 machines Vitalis has sold, 10 are being used by Canadian processors, two are in Colombia, one in Serbia and the rest in Washington state, Oregon and California.

Sales have ranged from $275,000 for a smaller machine to $5-million for a facility set up.

Vitalis' growth has been rapid and it now has 30 employees – six engineers, five salespeople and the rest at the head office and manufacturing facility in the Sexsmith Road area of Kelowna.

With the legalization of marijuana on the horizon in Canada, a whole legitimate industry has emerged.

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business of Cannabis lunch with guest speakers Feb. 14 at the Coast Capri Hotel.

And Vitalis is one of five finalists in the best international trade category of the B.C. Small Business Awards.

Regardless of what industry Vitalis is in, Seabrook said his business mantra is constant.

"Bring a viable product to market quickly and always keep innovating," he said.

All 30 Vitalis employees volunteered at once at the Central Okanagan Food Bank to help pack Christmas hampers.

Seabrook lectures three of four times a year at UBC Okanagan to relay his experiences at the school, finding work, starting a company that would quickly fail and starting a company that's a success.

He also judges engineering student competitions at the university.

PRESS CONTACT

For Additional Information, please contact

Judy Campbell, Campbell Consulting
judy@campbellconsulting.com, 541-410-9113

Vitalis Extraction Technology Makes Top 5 In BC

SBBC Awards Top 5 Banner

Local Manufacturer advances to final stage in the SBBC Awards

KELOWNA, BC, January 22, 2018 - Kelowna manufacturer Vitalis Extraction Technology has advanced to the final stage of the Small Business BC (SBBC) Awards, reaching the top 5 finalists for Best International Trade with Friday’s announcement.

Vitalis is one of two Kelowna-based companies to make the top 5 in any SBBC category. "This is great recognition for the hard work, effort, and dedication of our amazing team," noted Vitalis co-founder, Pete Patterson. "We're very honored to make the top 5, and to be representing Kelowna's manufacturing sector." With continual innovation, research, and development, Vitalis is emerging as a global leader in industrial applications within the international botanical oil extraction industry.

The Small Business BC Awards annually recognize the outstanding achievements of BC's entrepreneurs. These awards are a celebration of the contributions small business owners make to their local communities and to the global economy.

Vitalis Extraction Technology was founded in 2016, manufacturing and distributing industrial botanical oil extraction equipment. Comprised of engineers, academics and business professionals, the Vitalis team is on the forefront of emerging Canadian and global markets.

A Big Day for Vitalis Extraction Technology

Vitalis Community Support

Industry Awards and Community Support the Tone for the Day

KELOWNA, BC, December 1, 2017 - A banner day for Vitalis Extraction Technology saw the local manufacturer make over $1,000 in charitable donations to local organizations, as well as being awarded for Top Extraction Equipment in Lift's 2017 Canadian Cannabis Awards.

Vitalis' Q90 Series Extraction machine was recognized in the fourth year of the awards, and the company's second full year in operation. With continual innovation, research and development, the Kelowna based company is emerging as a leader in industrial applications within the global botanical oil extraction industry.

Closer to home, the team at Vitalis was ecstatic to mark the start of December with a pair of charitable contributions to both the Central Okanagan Food Bank, and Moms for Moms. With the season of giving now in swing, the donations were part of Vitalis pledge to support local charities and causes.

Vitalis Extraction Technology was founded in 2016, manufacturing and distributing industrial botanical oil extraction equipment. Comprised of engineers, academics and business professionals, the Vitalis team is on the forefront of emerging Canadian and global markets.