PRAIRIE PLANT SYSTEMS INC. (PPS), founded in August 1988, is a privately held plant biotechnology company specializing in biopharmaceutical and agricultural products. The company specializes in the principle of manufacturing pharmaceuticals derived from harvestable plants grown in biosecure Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) production facilities, including medical cannabis for clinical trials, research and direct to patients through their CanniMed subsidiary.
PPS began its business by advancing agricultural biotechnology to
provide fruit tree stock to commercial and private orchards. Fruit
Until March 31, 2014, PPS was the sole supplier of medical marijuana
* 1988 – Established as a privately held plant biotechnology
company with a focus on research and development
* 1988 – Development of micropropagation protocols and in vitro
rooting techniques for the Saskatoon berry tree, a hardy fruit-bearing
tree native to Saskatoon, Canada. This initial corporate program
effectively produced disease-clean trees, critical for the use in
commercial Saskatoon berry orchards.
* 1990 – Research endeavours continued to include 29 different
varieties of plants in culture including Saskatoon berries, apples,
plums, raspberries, cherries, cutleaf birches, miniature roses and
several medicinal plant species.
* 1990 – Joint venture with Hudson Bay Mining to establish an
underground growth chamber 365 metres below ground in Flin Flon,
Manitoba providing further opportunities for diversification and
expansion of services.
* 2000 – Awarded a five-year, $5.5 million contract by Health