Media Advisory: Colorado State University offers media tours for grand opening of unique cannabinoid research center Oct. 19


Grand opening of the Panacea Life Sciences Cannabinoid Research Center at Colorado State University


11 a.m., Oct. 19


Chemistry Building, Colorado State University campus, Center Avenue, 1st floor


On Oct. 19, Colorado State University will celebrate the grand opening of the Panacea Life Sciences Cannabinoid Research Center, housed in the Chemistry Building in the heart of campus. The center is expected to be a leader in cannabinoid research nation- and worldwide as the industry continues to grow at a rate of over 21% (CAGR from 2021-2028) and a market size value in 2021 of $3.5 billion. Revenue is forecasted to hit $13.4 billion by 2028.

The unique center, made possible by a $1.5 million gift from CSU alumna Leslie Buttorff, boasts state-of-the-art chemical separation and analysis instrumentation that will enable foundational research in the chemistry of cannabinoids, including medically relevant, THC-free cannabidiol. The center, part of CSU’s College of Natural Sciences, will serve as a springboard for CSU-based research that’s focused on new and emerging cannabinoids with implications for human and animal health.

Members of the media are invited to tour the laboratory, learn about the instrumentation used, and hear about how CSU offers broad expertise in cannabinoid chemistry as well as in other aspects of the hemp value chain.

Tour attendees will have the opportunity to interact with Buttorff, CEO of the Golden-based cannabinoid company, Panacea Life Sciences (Panacea Exactus: EXDI); Nick Cavarra, executive vice president of sales for Panacea Life Sciences (Panacea Exactus: EXDI); Melissa Reynolds, professor in the Department of Chemistry and director of the Panacea Life Sciences Cannabinoid Research Center; and Jamie Cuchiaro, chemistry Ph.D. student.

More information about the center and the different areas of cannabinoid research on campus:

New Research Center paves way for CSU’s leadership in cannabinoid science


Jennifer Dimas at or (970) 988-4265.