VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. (the "Company" or "Abattis") (CSE:ATT) (OTC:ATTBF) is pleased to announce the closing of its previously announced agreement with Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. ("Emerald") (TSXV:EMH) pursuant to which Emerald has invested $2.5 million into Northern Vine Canada Inc. ("Northern Vine") in exchange for a 53% equity stake in Northern Vine.

Northern Vine has now received the $2.5 million investment.  Abattis remains a 47% equity stakeholder in Northern Vine, and gains several potential benefits from the transaction with Emerald. Northern Vine's LD status permits the exporting and importing of cannabis and cannabis oils while Emerald's LP status permits the sales and import/export of cannabis.

"It has been a pleasure working with Emerald's team and we're very excited to officially begin our partnership together," said Rob Abenante, President and CEO of Abattis and Northern Vine.

"Abattis is now partnered with one of the most experienced LPs in Canada. Together we are exposed to a new business and market opportunity which includes: ample supply of cannabis, analytical testing, formulation, genetic research and development and tissue culturing," added Mr. Abenante.

Together, the partnered companies are focused on high-quality product innovation, giving particular regard to wellness and medical benefits, that they believe can set their products apart from many licensed producers in the space that are focused on scale.

"Our investment into Northern Vine and partnership with Abattis will set the wheels in motion on a number of strategic business opportunities that we have been nurturing," said Avtar Dhillon, MD, Executive Chairman of Emerald.

Northern Vine Update

Abattis is also pleased to announce that Health Canada has officially renewed Northern Vine's federal dealer license to conduct activities with cannabis.  Northern Vine's laboratory, located in Langley, British Columbia, continues to play a strong role within Abattis's full downstream service plan to test, analyze, formulate, provide regulatory expertise, and assist in branding and selling downstream products from cannabis cultivators.

About Abattis Bioceuticals Corp.

Abattis is a life sciences and bioceutical company which aggregates, integrates, and invests in cannabis technologies and biotechnology services for the legal cannabis industry developing in Canada. The Company has successfully developed and licensed natural health products, medicines, extractions, and ingredients for the biologics, nutraceutical, bioceutical, and cosmetic markets. The Company follows strict standard operating protocols, and adheres to the applicable laws of Canada and foreign jurisdictions.

About Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc.

Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc. (TSXV:EMH) (OTCQX:EMHTF) operates through Emerald Health Botanicals Inc. ("Botanicals"), a wholly owned subsidiary and Licensed Producer under Canada's Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. Botanicals is authorized to produce and sell dried medical cannabis flower and medical cannabis oil. It currently operates an indoor facility in Victoria, BC, and is building a 150,000 s.f. hybrid greenhouse on 32 acres in Metro Vancouver, with the potential to expand this facility to 1 million s.f. to address the needs of the legal Canadian recreational cannabis market. Botanicals has also entered into a partnership with Village Farms to convert an existing 1.1 million s.f. greenhouse in Delta, BC from growing tomatoes to growing cannabis. Emerald's team is highly experienced in life sciences, product development and large-scale agribusiness. Emerald and Botanicals are part of the Emerald Health group, which is broadly focused on developing pharmaceutical, botanical and nutraceutical products designed to provide wellness and medical benefits through interacting with the human body's endocannabinoid system.

About Northern Vine Canada Inc.

Northern Vine Labs™ is licensed by Health Canada (Dealers License) for the possession of Cannabis and related active ingredients, as well as the production of extracts for the purpose of analysis. Northern Vine Labs™ product certification and quality assurances programs incorporate global best practices and procedures for application in the legal Canadian cannabis market.


" Rob Abenante"Robert Abenante, President & CEO

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