GCI Virtual Summit Thought Leader – Tjalling Erkelens, Bedrocan
Tjalling participated as a thought leader at the GCI Virtual Summit 2020, joining 1000+ registered global leaders in both cannabis and psychedelics.
Check out his bio below:
Tjalling Erkelens is the founder of Bedrocan and currently holds the position of Founder/CEO. Back in 1984 he started Bedrocan in the Netherlands together with his brother-in-law Freerk Bruining, focussing on indoor production of vegetables and herbs. Tjalling is strongly committed to maintaining these family business roots, especially now Bedrocan continues to grow.
The cannabis plant came into the company back in 1992 for the first time. Since 2003 Bedrocan has provided standardised cannabis of pharmaceutical quality to the Dutch government. It is the oldest legal company in the world providing several, chemically different cannabis varieties to be used by patients on doctors’ prescriptions, and as a raw material for the pharmaceutical industry (API).
Over the past 26 years, Tjalling Erkelens has developed and standardised unique methods of producing cannabis to pharmaceutical standards to a level achieved by no other company until today. His strong commitment to product quality resulted in the Dutch Bedrocan production facilities being approved for GMP/API (Good Manufacturing Practice/Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) by the Dutch Health Authorities in 2017.
“It is my strong belief that there should be a clear distinction between medicinal and recreational use of cannabis and that patient needs for safe and consistent cannabis is a priority”, Tjalling says when talking about the company’s mission and vision. He is convinced that this can be achieved by going through the formal drug approval process. “Only fully standardised medicinal cannabis is the foundation on which such approval can be achieved.”
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