NetworkNewsBreaks – SinglePoint, Inc. (SING) Enters LOI to Acquire Bitcoin Beyond

Specialized holding company SinglePoint, Inc. (OTC: SING) this morning announced its entry into a letter of intent to acquire 100 percent of Bitcoin Beyond, a premier platform that enables merchants to accept bitcoin payments using their existing web-enabled point-of-sale devices. Per the update, the acquisition, priced at $1 million all stock, is expected to provide SinglePoint with a full end-to-end purchasing experience that supplies merchants and bitcoin users with unprecedented capabilities. “We are thrilled with this opportunity,” Wil Ralston, president of SinglePoint, stated in the news release. “Acquiring Bitcoin Beyond put us ahead of what we believe merchants have access to now. This platform has by far the easiest user interface we have seen in the market, and we are confident merchants will be quick to adopt this solution as it stands as the sole alternative to traditional options offered to the cannabis industry.”

To view the full press release, visit http://nnw.fm/aJtQ2

About SinglePoint, Inc.

SinglePoint, Inc. (SING) has grown from a full-service mobile technology provider to a publicly traded holding company. Through diversification into horizontal markets, SinglePoint is building its portfolio by acquiring an interest in undervalued subsidiaries, thereby providing a rich, diversified holding base. Through its subsidiary company SingleSeed, the company is providing products and services to the cannabis industry. For more information, visit www.SinglePoint.com

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NetworkNewsBreaks – MGX Minerals Inc. (CSE: XMG) (FKT: 1MG) (OTCQB: MGXMF) Appoints New Vice President of Business Development

Diversified resource and technology company MGX Minerals Inc. (CSE: XMG) (FKT: 1MG) (OTCQB: MGXMF) this morning announced its appointment of Randall W. Keller as its new vice president of business development. Keller brings more than 35 years of global experience in the energy industry to the MGX team. Per the update, Keller will work alongside former California Senate Majority Leader Richard Polanco to target geothermal lithium exploration in California and other western states that MGX has identified for potential partnerships and acquisition targets. “We welcome Randy Keller to the MGX team and look forward to utilizing his deep industry experience as we target additional acquisition and strategic partnerships throughout California,” Jared Lazerson, president of MGX, stated in the news release. “We continue to build our U.S. leadership team and more specifically our California-focused team as we believe the State offers a multitude of opportunities to implement lithium extraction and water purification systems.”

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About MGX Minerals

MGX Minerals is a diversified Canadian resource and technology company with interests in lithium, magnesium and silicon assets throughout North America. MGX currently owns 34% of PurLucid and has the exclusive right to acquire a 100% interest as well as owning the global rights to recently developed lithium and mineral extraction technologies co-operatively developed by PurLucid and MGX. Learn more at www.mgxminerals.com

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Established Companies Positioning to Invest in Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

NetworkNewsWire Editorial Coverage: Despite the skepticism in the market about the legitimacy and longevity of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the underlying blockchain technology is something that tech firms and the financial sector cannot ignore. While cryptocurrencies’ surging values and wild price fluctuations have made many established organizations reluctant to invest in this market, Bloomberg reports that Goldman Sachs is setting up a trading desk for cryptocurrencies (http://nnw.fm/ayFK8). This positions the company to be the first large Wall Street investment banker to trade in digital currency. Businesses such as ChineseInvestors.com, Inc. (CIIX) (CIIX Profile) are taking advantage of the deeper rooted blockchain market that seems to offer infinite application. Xunlei Limited (XNET), a cloud-based computing company, is another company extending its reach by incorporating blockchain technology in its offerings, and still others showing interest in the cryptocurrency, bitcoin and blockchain sector include MGT Capital Investments, Inc. (MGTI), Riot Blockchain, Inc. (RIOT) and the retailer Overstock.com, Inc. (OSTK).

The number of corporate investors in blockchain companies hit a record high in 2017, with large banks and financial service organizations leading the way. Among the growing list of recognizable names, Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), is another big investor in blockchain (http://nnw.fm/guBC3). Increased application and acceptance are subsequently pushing the value of cryptocurrencies, the tokens used in blockchain technology, higher. In 2017, they surged to $600 billion from just over $18 billion at the start of the year (http://nnw.fm/wVAZ0).

Additionally, initial coin offerings (ICOs) are overtaking traditional funding options for blockchain start-ups. Several huge deals were negotiated during 2017, including the $107 million raised by R3, a company developing a blockchain database for use by global financial institutions. Coinbase, a digital currency exchange based in San Francisco, raised $100 million in equity funding.

Committed to Cryptocurrency

ChineseInvestors.com, Inc. (CIIX) was founded in 1999 and has developed into a leading financial website for Chinese-speaking investors in China and the United States. The company’s clients trade in the OTCQB Venture Market, NASDAQ and NYSE public markets, among others. With a core focus on investor education, the site offers various products and services such as real-time market analysis, commentary and investment education. The company also offers advice to smaller companies on growth strategy, while providing support services for advertising and public relations.

ChineseInvestors.com saw its first-quarter investor relations (IR) revenues grow 186 percent over comparable revenues reported in the first quarter of 2017. During the 2017 fiscal year, the company’s IR sales made a 130-percent, year-over-year leap to $808,362 (http://nnw.fm/53Ge6). ChineseInvestors.com is becoming more selective about its client companies in the process, and is entering into more cash compensation arrangements. Now it proposes to extend its educational coverage to bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market.

The company has stated its commitment to the future of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, and has thus decided to spin off its wholly owned cannabis subsidiaries (CBD Biotechnology Co., Ltd. and ChineseHempOil.com) to focus efforts on its new cryptocurrency division. Despite China’s ban on cryptocurrency trading on domestic regulated exchanges, company CEO Warren Wang remains highly optimistic about the future of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, noting that Chinese investors are bypassing the ban to trade on unregulated offline platforms.

In an interview with the Bad Crypto Podcast, Wang said: “The Chinese investor is an advocate of gambling. Most today trade bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on the offline market. The Chinese-speaking people within China and also in North America — the U.S. and Canada — are excited about bitcoin.”

Cryptocurrency also provides investors the ability to diversify their portfolio and shift away from traditional investment opportunities.

“Real estate is very expensive and so are labor and rents in China. Investors have a high savings rate. They now would like to make bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies part of their assets. They are trading offline on platforms of decentralized exchanges to do so,” Wang explained.

With a strong commitment to cryptocurrency education and awareness, ChineseInvestors.com broadcasts a daily video, called Bitcoin MultiMillionaire, from the NYSE. The company also hosts and has installed a Bitcoin ATM in the lobby of its headquarters in San Gabriel, California. This installation enables the company to reach the Chinese-speaking community worldwide with bitcoin marketing, even though Chinese regulators have banned sales of bitcoin.

“Although there has been some volatility in the cryptocurrency market, Bitcoin’s price resilience is impressive … With each rebound in price relative to news, we see more evidence that the concept of digital currency is taking root with investors and the general public alike,” Wang stated in the press release (http://nnw.fm/mU7QS). “In addition to providing skilled investors with news about digital currency, ChineseInvestors.com, Inc. hopes to satisfy the average person’s curiosity about cryptocurrency, including how to purchase Bitcoin. Moreover, the underlying Blockchain Technology is extremely compelling and we expect to see many interesting developments in this area. Bitcoin ATMs are just one example of how this area is moving forward. We are excited to make this service available to the Chinese community.”

Wang advised industry entrepreneurs to be patient with Chinese investors while they learn about digital wallet management and the processes for trading in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. He expressed confidence that China may organize a regulated market for cryptocurrency trading in the future.

Comparable Companies

Multinational technology company Xunlei Limited (XNET) is an online service provider investing in cryptocurrency from its base in Shenzhen, China. The company’s cloud-based platform enables users to access, manage and consume digital media content. Its Xunlei Accelerator product enables users to accelerate digital transmission over the internet through various products, such as Green Channel and Offline Accelerator. Mobile Xunlei allows users to search, download and consume media content on mobile devices. Xunlei’s OneThingCloud is a LinkToken mining platform designed to be mobile-compatible for digital currency mining. Mid-October 2017, the company launched OneCoin, a cryptocurrency that has experienced a dramatic increase in value, more than 80-fold since launch.

MGT Capital Investments (MGTI) focuses on acquiring and developing a portfolio of cyber security technologies. The company also addresses various cyber threats through the implementation of protection technologies for mobile and personal devices, as well as corporate computer networks. MGT is also actively engaged in bitcoin mining. In December 2017 the company announced its agreements to secure reliable and adequate electric power in Sweden and that it expects to start deployment of mining rigs early in 2018. The initial phase of the agreement will provide MGT with 25 megawatts of power, enough for more than 15,000 Bitmain S-9 mining rigs.

Originally known as Bioptix Pharma, Riot Blockchain (RIOT) has experienced rapid growth following its decision to reorient its focus from biopharmaceuticals to blockchain technology. The company’s stock soared from $7 in November 2017 to over $46 in mid-December. Riot Blockchain’s mission is to establish itself as an authority on blockchain technology, while offering investors valuable exposure to the blockchain market. The company invested in Verady, LLC, which provides accounting and auditing services to the digital currency market. It also owns a share in Coinsquare, a Canadian-based cryptocurrency exchange. Riot Blockchain has majority ownership of TessPay, a blockchain-based payment resource for wholesale telecom carriers.

Overstock.com (OSTK) is a U.S.-based online, award-winning retailer, which, through its Medici Ventures INC subsidiary, is also focused on blockchain applications with the potential to disrupt industries such as capital markets, finance and banking, property registration and voting identity verification. Medici recently raised over $2.2 million in a seed funding round for mobile voting platform, Voatz, which aim to use blockchain technology and biometrics improve voting infrastructure security (http://nnw.fm/4nqGD).

Many companies are concerned about the volatility in the cryptocurrency market. However, there is increasing acceptance that blockchain technology is here to stay and will continue to have a growing impact on the way the world transacts and does business. These companies are taking the lead by positioning themselves to capitalize on this opportunity and develop their enterprises as leaders in this industry.

For more information on ChineseInvestors.com, please visit: ChineseInvestors.com (CIIX)

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Diversity Spells Success in the Cannabis Market

NetworkNewsWire Editorial Coverage: For the growing population of investors within the cannabis market, marijuana-related portfolios are frequently designed to be diverse — an advisable investment strategy for any trading portfolio. From the cultivation side of the cannabis sector to biotech/medical/pharmaceutical, ancillary services, cannabis oils, edibles and beyond, the different avenues for marijuana investment are abundant. For companies like Earth Science Tech, Inc. (ETST) (ETST Profile), the existence of diversity within its own operations offers a similar advantage, enabling the company to touch on and benefit from the success of various subsectors within the cannabis market. Though uniquely structured, ETST is paced alongside other cannabis industry players like Insys Therapeutics, Inc. (INSY), Namaste Technologies, Inc. (CSE: N) (OTCMKTS: NXTTF), Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. (CRBP) and Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc. (TSX.V: EMH) (OTCQX: EMHTF).

A Diverse Arena

The forward-march of cannabis legalization throughout North America has led to record-breaking growth within this market, and business opportunities have gone far beyond the bud to include assorted products like gourmet marijuana edibles, cannabis-derived oils, cannabis-based pharmaceuticals, health and beauty products, vape pens and smoking accessories, agricultural innovations, payment solutions, and more.

As decriminalization efforts continue worldwide, the cannabis market only grows stronger. A recent Bloomberg report cites Brightfield Group’s prediction that legal cannabis sales will reach $31 billion on a global level by 2021 (http://nnw.fm/Xo0Ts). Like the individual strands in a rope, the diverse subsectors within the cannabis market are twining together to form an increasingly strong whole.

Strength in Variety

For companies like Earth Science Tech, Inc. (OTC: ETST), operating diversified subsidiaries is proving to be favorable path of growth within the cannabis market. The innovative biotech currently has three wholly owned subsidiaries under its umbrella, building an effective tripod of strength for the company. Though these subsidiaries are diverse in nature, their synergy lies in the application of science to the pursuit of optimal health.

Launched in February 2017, the Cannabis Therapeutics, Inc. (“CTI”) subsidiary is purposed to develop proprietary cannabinoid-based nutraceuticals and pharmaceutical products. At the core of this mission are Earth Science Tech’s existing cannabis cannabidiol (CBD) patent, IP and future technologies to be developed.

Focused on exploring and harnessing the medicinal power of CBD, CTI’s research and development efforts are geared toward the development of CBD-based drugs and nutraceuticals; and the integration of the CBD molecule with existing generic drug molecules to make drugs more efficient with fewer and less severe side effects.

The subsidiary’s pipeline includes two cannabinoid-based pharmaceutical drugs and three cannabinoid-based nutraceutical products for a variety of ailments, such as anxiety, depression, triple negative breast cancer and fatty liver disease.

CTI positions ETST in the rapidly evolving cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals market, which Statista projects could reach $50 billion by the year 2029. Meanwhile, a report in Hemp Business Journal predicts the CBD consumer market will grow to $2.1 billion by 2020, while other industry experts expect an increase to almost $3 billion by 2021.

Discovering New Revenue Streams

ETST again extended its reach in June 2017 when it entered into a joint venture to launch its wholly owned KannBidoid, Inc. (“KBD”) subsidiary (http://nnw.fm/c6VBH).

Positioned to take advantage of the recreational vape/smoke shop space, each of KBD’s products is formulated with CBD and kanna — a small groundcover plant natively found in southern Africa — sold and distributed in the form of edibles and vapes/e-liquids products.

Rooted Research & Development

Though not centered on cannabis, ETST’s Earth Science Pharmaceutical, Inc. subsidiary represents the core of the company’s R&D capabilities.

Earth Science Pharmaceutical is focused on the development of low-cost, noninvasive diagnostic tools, medical devices, testing processes, and vaccines for sexually transmitted infections (STI) and/or diseases. Its first medical device, MSN-2, is a home detection STI kit being prepared for molecular diagnostics trials.

The subsidiary is managed by an executive team with years of scientific, medical and business experience in health, research and manufacturing. The expertise of this team — headed by ETST CEO and SCO Dr. Michael Aubé and COO Nickolas Tabraue — provides each of ETST’s subsidiaries a multi-dimensional approach to their respective markets.

Strategic Expansion via Acquisition & Partnerships

In 2017 Earth Science Tech also increased operational diversity with the acquisition of Montreal-based Canna Inno Laboratories, which provides ETST access to government grants for up to half of its R&D expenditures.

ETST also has agreements with the Centre de Développement Bioalimentaire du Québec (“CDBQ”), which specializes in helping companies develop the processes needed to take a prototype agro-food or nutraceutical product to industrial-scale production for the marketplace; and with Brazilian company, Bionatus. Inc. to develop a treatment for asthma (http://nnw.fm/PE43r).

Branded Cannabidiol

Leveraging the strategies of its subsidiaries, ETST continues to raise brand visibility, offering full-spectrum, high-purity hemp-derived CBD oil. In collaboration with the University of Central Oklahoma and the DV Biologics Laboratory, the company is conducting R&D projects designed to scientifically support the health care benefits of its completely natural and organic CBD oil.

Earth Science Tech’s products include CBD in the form of vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, personal care products, homeopathics, functional foods and other products delivered in such forms as capsules, tablets, soft gels, chewables, liquids, creams, sprays, powders and whole herbs. They are available at retail stores throughout the United States, as well as online.

The company has also started pre-launch human trials on a new CBD formula to fight against the U.S. opioid epidemic. The new formula, expected to decrease cravings and the negative effects of withdrawal in addicts, is based on industrial hemp CBD oil mixed with a known natural ingredient proven to help increase dopamine levels.

2017 Performance Points to 2018 Potential

As discussed in a recent article (http://nnw.fm/pd0Md) and year-end review (http://nnw.fm/38VbO), ETST nearly doubled its revenues in 2017 compared with the previous year, and a price target of more than $4 has been set for its stock.

ETST’s achievements in 2017 add weight to Dr. Aubé’s positive forecast for the company’s future.

“This past year has been amazing. I am elated about the start of the New Year given all that we accomplished in 2017. … We have built the foundation and infrastructure the Company needs to succeed long-term … and I feel that we are now on the way to becoming the next billion-dollar (in-capitalization) company on the OTC Markets.”

Comparable Cannabis Players

Insys Therapeutics (INSY) is focused on improving patient care by addressing unmet medical needs through cannabinoids and novel drug delivery systems. The company’s approved products include SYNDROS, a cannabinoid medicine used to treat anorexia in adults with AIDS and to address nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, and SUBSYS, which is used to manage breakthrough pain in adult cancer patients who have become tolerant to opioid therapy.

Namaste Technologies (NXTTF) is an online retailer of medical cannabis delivery systems, distributing vaporizers and smoking accessories worldwide through e-commerce websites in 26 countries and five distribution hubs. Through its 2017 acquisition of CannMart Inc., Namaste is pursuing a new revenue vertical in online medical cannabis retail sales in the Canadian market, with an aim of positioning itself as a retail medical cannabis distribution leader in Canada. During 2018, Namaste intends to establish a secure telemedicine portal that will connect doctors with medical marijuana patients, allowing Canadian patients to receive product recommendations via email and to have their prescriptions filled via postal mail. The company further plans to expand its product offerings in 2017 and to launch a Canadian warehouse in the CannMart facility.

Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings (CRBP) is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company that is focused on developing and commercializing novel therapeutics to treat rare, chronic and serious inflammatory and fibrotic diseases. Lenabasum is the company’s lead product candidate and is a novel synthetic oral endocannabinoid-mimetic drug designed to resolve chronic inflammation and fibrotic processes. It is currently being evaluated in systemic sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, dermatomyositis and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Emerald Health Therapeutics (EMHTF) is an emerging global cannabis player and, through its wholly owned subsidiary Emerald Health Botanicals Inc., is a licensed producer of medical marijuana in Canada through the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). The company currently operates an indoor facility in Victoria, B.C., and is in the process of constructing a 500,000-square-foot greenhouse in Metro Vancouver that has expansion potential to 1 million square feet. Emerald additionally owns 50 percent of Pure Sunfarms Inc. (a partnership with Village Farms International Inc.), which is currently converting just under half of its 1.1 million-square-foot greenhouse in Delta, B.C., from a tomato-growing operation into a cannabis-cultivation facility.

Broadening the Landscape

Diversity is advisable for any investment portfolio, and innovative companies like Earth Science Tech are proving diversity’s effectiveness as a business strategy as well. As the global cannabis market continues to gain strength, the above-mentioned companies are positioned to lead the way into the foreseeable green future.

For additional information about Earth Science Tech, visit Earth Science Tech, Inc. (OTC: ETST).

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NetworkNewsAudio – Expectations for 2018 on Blockchain Applications in the Energy Industry

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Petroteq Energy is engaged in the development and implementation of its proprietary environmentally friendly heavy oil processing and extraction technologies. Our proprietary process produces zero greenhouse gas, zero waste and requires no high temperatures. Petroteq is currently focused on developing its oil sands resources and expanding production capacity at its Asphalt Ridge heavy oil extraction facility located near Vernal, Utah. The company also owns a minority stake in an exploration and production play located in southwest Texas held by Accord GR Energy Inc. Petroteq is also developing technologies to optimize petrochemical industry workflow processes. For more information, visit www.PetroteqEnergy.com.

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NetworkNewsAudio – Cannabis Conundrum Fuels Possible Advantage for Industry Sub-sectors

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Cannabis stocks just got whipsawed. The sector soared after the New Year when California legalized recreational marijuana. The following day the sector sank when the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the federal policy of non-interference with qualifying state marijuana laws, known as the Cole Memorandum. Mr. Sessions’ action sent shivers of uncertainty and confusion throughout the cannabis industry. At the heart of the conundrum is what to do about the millions of people who rely on non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) as part of their personal care and wellness regimen. The hemp-based CBD sector looks to be the possible beneficiary of the current cannabis quandary. The Control Substances Act excludes certain parts of the cannabis plant, typically characterized as hemp, from the definition of marijuana. Companies that produce and/or market hemp-derived CBD products, like Marijuana Company of America, Inc. (MCOA) (MCOA Profile) are well-positioned to possibly garner increased traction in product sales. Other hemp-focused companies, including United Cannabis (CNAB), AmeriCann (ACAN), General Cannabis (CANN), and PotNetwork Holding, Inc. (POTN) (POTN Profile), may also weather potential legal issues caused by uncertainty.

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About Marijuana Company of America, Inc.

MCOA is a corporation engaged in business including, but not limited to: (1) product research and development of legal hemp-based consumer products containing CBD under the brand name “hempSMART™”, that targets general health and well-being; (2) an affiliate marketing program to promote and sell its legal hemp-based consumer products containing CBD; (3) leasing of real property to separate business entities engaged in the growth and sale of cannabis in those states and jurisdictions where cannabis has been legalized and properly regulated for medicinal and recreations use; and, (4) the expansion of its business into ancillary areas of the legalized cannabis and hemp industry, as the legalized markets and opportunities in this segment mature and develop. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.MarijuanaCompanyofAmerica.com

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Skinvisible, Inc. (SKVI) Set to Repeat Olympic Performance in 2018 with DermSafe

  • Targeting $80 billion global skincare and dermatology market
  • Revenues to be derived from royalties and other licensing fees
  • DermSafe sales have taken off in Greater China
  • Pending merger will expand product offerings

Among the winners at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio was DermSafe® from Skinvisible’s (OTCQB: SKVI) subsidiary, Kintari. Donated to Team Canada, the non-alcohol hand sanitizing lotion offered protection from pathogens to athletes during the Olympic Games. Now, with the Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea from February 8-25, the need is more pressing. Reported outbreaks of the flu have increased dramatically this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://nnw.fm/OKg3z). For the first time since it began monitoring flu patterns, the CDC has reported widespread flu activity in every part of the continental U.S. There is no doubt that antiseptics like DermSafe, which inhibit the spread of contact infections, will take center stage again. There’s a lot at stake. Influenza kills at least 12,000 Americans every year.

The main curse this season is the particularly malevolent influenza virus H3N2. It is the most dominant strain not only in the U.S. but in Canada and the UK. The virus, experts believe, is mainly transmitted through the air by droplets formed when infected persons cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets land on hard surfaces like door knobs and as soon as one touches it they have just transferred the virus to their hands. With over 90 percent of all germs coming into one’s body from their hands, it is very important to wash them regularly. Regular use of an alcohol hand sanitizer will work as a replacement to hand washing, but it, too, is only immediate and offers no long term protection. Independent studies verify that DermSafe, when applied to the hands, offers a continuous long term kill on bacteria and viruses tested including the H3N2 virus.  Consequently, a hand sanitizer like DermSafe is a vital safeguard against the spread of such germs.

DermSafe incorporates Skinvisible’s proprietary Invisicare® drug delivery technology, which is effective at bonding active ingredients to the skin for up to four hours and longer. Invisicare is non-occlusive; it allows normal skin respiration and perspiration while moisturizing and protecting against exposure from a wide variety of environmental irritants. When topically applied, products formulated with Invisicare adhere to the skin’s outer layers, forming a protective bond, resisting wash-off and delivering targeted levels of therapeutic or cosmetic skincare agents to the skin. This allows enhanced delivery performance for a variety of topicals resulting in improved efficacy, longer duration of action, reduced irritation and lower dosage of active agent required. The “invisible” polymer compositions that make up Invisicare wear off as part of the natural exfoliation process that removes the skin’s outer layer of cells.

Having made its debut in Rio, DermSafe is set for a repeat performance at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Skinvisible has donated over 1,000 bottles of DermSafe to the Canadian Olympic team. DermSafe provides a long-lasting protective barrier that binds to the skin and actively combats the spread of germs between people and between people and hard surfaces. Composed of four percent chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG), the same active ingredient found in soaps used in hospital operating rooms, DermSafe offers long-term protection and destroys both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria and viruses. It has proven effective against a host of infectious germs, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Escherichia coli (E. coli). Sales of DermSafe have already taken off in China, and the product will be marketed throughout Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

China, with a population of over 1.6 billion people, exhibits a strong demand for American-made products, driven both by the growth of the middle class in large cities and an increased desire for high quality products. Last year, China imported $2.7 billion in personal care products, and around 69 percent of Chinese women, in one recent survey, said they are in the market for such products and would buy them from online stores, spending an average of $1,800 a year. As well as DermSafe, Kintari offers a line of anti-aging products that includes day cream, night cream, hand and body lotion, and sunscreen. Skinvisible’s foray into Greater China is in line with its strategy of driving Kintari-branded product sales through subsidiaries in the U.S. and Canada and international distribution and licensing agreements.

Along with Skinvisible’s cosmeceutical and over-the-counter products, Skinvisible has signed a letter of intent with Quoin Pharmaceuticals Inc. to merge the two companies and to pursue additional medical conditions, such as post-surgical pain and PTSD with suicidal thoughts in the military.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Skinvisible.com

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