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Powered by optical physics quantum technology, their drug testing solution can detect multiple substances from a single breath sample.


Co-Founded in 2022 by CEO, Leyla Kara and COO, Anna Harb, SpectraCann is changing the on-site, rapid drug detection market with cutting-edge breathalyzers. Powered by optical physics quantum technology, their drug testing solution can detect multiple substances from a single breath sample, providing results in 30 seconds.

SpectraCann’s flagship product, the THC breathalyzer, is set to soft-launch by the end of 2024, marking a significant advancement in drug detection technology for enhanced road safety and workplace safety, ultimately reducing accidents and fatalities. Beyond THC detection, SpectraCann’s technology offers real-time multi-substance detection for fentanyl, and more, addressing critical issues such as drug overdoses. Their technology will play a significant role in changing the status quo in drug screening, transportation safety, and emergency support services.

In 2023, SpectraCann witnessed a notable surge in momentum, with business support and one to-one coaching from the Experts on Demand program after successfully graduating from Alberta Catalyzer’s Velocity program and clinching the People’s Choice Award at the Fall 2023 Northern Velocity Showcase. They also developed their third prototype, began the final stages of securing their first capital raise, and were accepted into the Alchemist X, TELUS Community Safety & Wellness Accelerator (CSW).

Coaching support was one of the main strengths of the Catalyzer program, and we are beyond grateful for experts such as Mark Mitchel for his unwavering support. The guidance and mentorship provided…were invaluable in helping us navigate the complexities of entrepreneurship and refine our strategies for success. Experts on Demand [helped us] to further enhance our knowledge base and address specific needs or questions that we face during our entrepreneurial journey.

At the core of their 2024 strategic path lies the initiation of third-party validation studies and pilot programs, coupled with dedicated efforts to enhance their machine learning algorithm through a new partnership with the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii). In the next six months, they’ll actively seek fundraising opportunities from angel investors and venture capitalists to further their mission of fostering a safer society.

Connect with them on LinkedIn and stay updated on the latest developments at SpectraCann. To learn more, about SpectraCann, visit their website. To read Edmonton Unlimited’s 2023 annual report, go here.

Programs made possible, thanks to the Edmonton Regional Innovation Network and Alberta Innovates, through the Scaleup GAP.

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