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Francis Bellido on Quantum eMotion’s commitment to innovation in quantum-based cybersecurity solutions
In a recent interview with Tracy Weslosky, Francis Bellido, President, CEO, and Director of Quantum eMotion Corp. (TSXV: QNC | OTCQB: QNCCF) shared insights into the significant advancements in the creation of their first Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG) on a microchip. Highlighting the successful miniaturization of their quantum technology, Francis explains how this microchip offers possibilities for embedding quantum-enhanced security features directly into medical devices, consumer electronics, IoT devices, and other digital systems making them nearly ‘unhackable’.
Unlike competitors that primarily use photons to generate randomness, Quantum eMotion utilizes electrons, a distinction Francis believes grants their technology a competitive edge in terms of robustness, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. This approach not only aligns seamlessly with existing electronic systems but also promises high-speed production of randomness, crucial for dynamic encryption processes.
Francis’ vision extends beyond current achievements, anticipating the QRNG microchip’s readiness by fall 2024. With initial applications focused on the healthcare sector, Francis explains how this sector is lucrative to hackers and necessitates the highest security standards to protect patient data. Francis’ discussion of the company’s strategic partnerships and patent protections further illustrates Quantum eMotion’s commitment to innovation and market leadership in quantum-based cybersecurity solutions.
Greg Fenton Discusses Zentek’s 2024 Progress and Exclusive Aptamer Technology Rights
In a detailed interview with Tracy Weslosky, Greg Fenton, CEO and Director of Zentek Ltd. (NASDAQ: ZTEK | TSXV: ZEN), shared insights into the company’s strategic progress and emerging opportunities, particularly emphasizing its work with aptamer technology. With an exclusive global license for innovative Aptamer-based platform technology developed by McMaster University, Zentek is pioneering advances in both diagnostic and therapeutic applications, underscoring its dedication to healthcare innovation. The company has made notable breakthroughs in COVID-19 therapeutics with its C19HBA aptamer, showing significant promise in preclinical trials by outperforming leading monoclonal antibodies. This success has paved the way for Phase 1 clinical trials for COVID-19 and exploration into other areas such as oncology, immunology, and neurology.
Fenton highlighted the positive reception from major pharmaceutical companies, reflecting a broad industry interest in Zentek’s aptamer technology. Additionally, Zentek’s ZenGUARD™ technology platform, known for its 99-percent anti-microbial activity, has been instrumental in enhancing the bacterial and viral filtration efficiency of surgical masks and HVAC systems. A recent study on ZenGUARD™ Enhanced Air Filters revealed its potential to offer significant energy, emission, and cost savings for commercial buildings, showcasing a scalable solution for improving indoor air quality and addressing climate change.
Throughout the conversation, Fenton articulated Zentek’s ambitious plans for partnerships and expansion, leveraging the favorable market conditions to boost the company’s visibility and impact. His vision for Zentek includes strategic partnerships, leveraging its proprietary technology, and a commitment to revolutionizing the approach to managing infectious diseases and enhancing environmental sustainability.
Mark Vanry on Wedgemount’s Integration and ramp-up of both new and historical Texas Oil Well Assets
In an engaging discussion with Tracy Weslosky, Mark Vanry, the President, CEO, and Director of Wedgemount Resources Corp. (CSE: WDGY | OTCQB: WDGRF), provided updates on the company’s ambitious production enhancement efforts. Despite weather-related delays, Wedgemount has nearly completed chemical stimulations on 17 Texas wells, part of a broader strategy to significantly boost oil production. From initial acquisitions producing 31 barrels of oil equivalent per day, the company has surged to 177 barrels, with expectations to further double this output. The completion of service facility optimizations, now 100% done, and the integration of the TCS light oil acquisition, bringing the total to 24 producing wells, underscore the company’s progress.
Vanry also revealed that infrastructure improvements are 95% complete, enhancing oil treatment and sales processes to shorten the working capital cycle from 70 to about 30 days, promising quicker cash flows and shareholder benefits. The appointment of Steve Vanry, a CFO with extensive experience, adds strategic financial oversight as Wedgemount transitions from pre-production to active operation. Looking forward, Vanry anticipates a comprehensive update on production enhancements by the end of Q1, alongside active exploration for additional asset acquisitions, aiming to expand the portfolio by mid-2024. He summarized the company’s position and outlook, expressing excitement about the integration and ramp-up of both new and historical assets.
Industry Leaders Lifton and Karayannopoulos China’s Influence on Rare Earth Prices and Markets Today
In a thought-provoking Investor.News interview hosted by the Critical Minerals Institute founder Tracy Weslosky, Jack Lifton and Constantine Karayannopoulos, two renowned figures in the rare earths market, share their insights on the sector’s current trends and future prospects. Constantine Karayannopoulos, reflecting on the state of the market, observes, “There is never a dull moment in the rare earths industry,” highlighting the ongoing slide in prices for critical rare earth elements like neodymium and praseodymium. He expresses a cautious outlook, noting, “I’m a little pessimistic about the near term… it’s a cyclical industry.”
Critical Minerals Institute (CMI) Co-Chair Jack Lifton adds: “The low prices may be here for a while because the principal producer in the world is China, and China’s having a very bad time economically right now.” He emphasizes the opportunities presented by the current market conditions for strategic investments, advising, “This is the ideal time for real mining and real processing companies to get into the game.”
Karayannopoulos also touches on the disconnection between market interest and actual market trends, suggesting, “There’s always a disconnect between reality versus expectation.” He elaborates on the nuanced dynamics within China, mentioning, “The Chinese consumer has not stopped buying, China grew at 5% last year… However, the main consumer of rare earths today, the magnet industry that feeds the electric vehicle production in China, it’s not growing as fast as people thought it was going to grow.”
Lifton further discusses the broader implications of supply and demand, cautioning, “As long as the supply is in excess, the prices are not going to go up.” He also highlights the strategic importance of investments in raw material sources and processing capabilities, particularly in light of China’s dominance in the market.
Through their conversation, Lifton and Karayannopoulos provide a nuanced analysis of the rare earths market, blending perspectives on economic trends, geopolitical strategies, and investment opportunities.
Tom Drivas on the 3 world-renowned rare earths experts on Appia’s Critical Minerals Advisory Committee
In a recent interview with host Tracy Weslosky, Tom Drivas, CEO and Director of Appia Rare Earths & Uranium Corp. (CSE: API | OTCQX: APAAF), announced the significant addition of Constantine Karayannopoulos to Appia’s Critical Minerals Advisory Committee. Tom discussed how this move is a major endorsement of Appia’s projects, given Constantine’s reputation in the rare earths sector. Constantine, who is well known for his leadership in the critical mineral sector lead the Neo Materials deal by Molycorp in 2012 for C$1.3 billion. He was also the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Neo Lithium Corp. when it was sold to Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd. for $960 million in 2022.
Constantine Karayannopoulos joins Appia’s Advisory team, alongside world renowned critical minerals expert and the co-founder and Co-Chair of the Critical Minerals Institute (CMI) Jack Lifton. Jack who was the co-editor of the recently published textbook, Rare Earth Metals and Minerals Industries: Status and Prospects 1st ed. 2024 Edition, is joined with Don Hains, P. Geo who is a Consulting Geologist and well-known expert in ionic clay projects. In this interview, Tom emphasizes how having three of the world-renowned rare earths experts on Appia’s Critical Minerals Advisory Committee supports the commitment to leverage top-tier expertise to advance Appia’s Projects in Canada and Brazil.
Appia’s recent announcement of exceptional diamond drill results from the PCH ionic adsorption clay project in Brazil was also discussed in the interview. These results have revealed significant concentrations of Total Rare Earth Oxide (TREO) within the top 20 meters from the surface. Tom added, “Just for comparison, there is a deposit that went into production in the same area, and their average grade is 1,200 parts per million (PPM). We’re getting up to 93,000 PPM.”
Moreover, Tom outlined Appia’s broader strategy, which encompasses both rare earths and uranium projects. Tom outlined Appia’s involvement in the uranium sector, noting several uranium projects in the Athabasca Basin in Saskatchewan and Ontario. With plans to begin drilling at the Loranger Uranium-Bearing Property in Saskatchewan, Tom explains how Appia is positioning itself to capitalize on the rising uranium market.
Jack Lifton and Panther Metals Darren Hazelwood on the “greenstone belt for VMS deposits” in Canada
In this Investor.Coffee interview with world renowned critical minerals expert and Critical Minerals Institute (CMI) Co-Chairman Jack Lifton, Darren Hazelwood, CEO of Panther Metals PLC (LSE: PALM) discusses their exploration efforts focused on Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide (VMS) deposits in Ontario.
Explaining why Panther’s quest to become the next VMS Camp in Canada is the priority, Darren starts with: “They are polymetallic deposits. In Canada, 49% of the zinc Produced is from VMS, and about 25% of the copper is from VMS — west to us is the Sturgeon Lake Greenstone belt. Now that’s a renowned greenstone belt for VMS deposits. There were 5 past producing mines, all produced commercially from the late 60s to the early 90s.” Darren adds: “Actually, Glencore was back prospecting there in 2023 and Jim Franklin, who’s a world-renowned expert on VMS and a world-renowned geologist said that he believes that Obonga, which is the greenstone belt we’re working on, is the sister greenstone belt to Sturgeon Lake. We couldn’t wish for a better exploration property than Obonga.”
In this interview, Darren and Jack discuss the significance of VMS deposits, and the past success of Northern Ontario for locating such camps. Darren provides commentary on the six holes targeting VMS deposits in the Obonga Project that have already been drilled. Confirming the area’s potential for VMS mineralization, including identifying four separate lenses from five drill holes at the Wishbone area where the Panther team has discovered significant mineralization, including high percentages of zinc, silver, and copper.
With an extraordinary land package of 291 square miles in Northern Ontario, Jack explores the substantial experience of the Panther Metals team. Citing Nicholas O’Reilly, a reporting geologist who is well known for the work he contributes to the Geological Society in London: Jack focuses on Darren’s sizable success as a business professional before transcending into the resource industry. Jack comments: “The thing that is so noticeable about the junior mining industry is that there’s no businessmen in it. It’s usually geologists with a dream. You bring a different dimension to the business because you’re starting off thinking like a business professional.