Tremendous technologies all based around Molecular Imprinted Polymers have investors riding the Sixth Wave

Sixth Wave continues to achieve outstanding results at detecting COVID-19 as well as the extraction of cannabinoids, gold & lithium

Innovative methods of detecting and extracting key target materials, such as valuable minerals or even harmful viruses, is a new forefront of nanotechnology.

Today’s company is Sixth Wave Innovations Inc. (CSE: SIXW | OTCQB: SIXWF) (“Sixth Wave”). Sixth Wave is a nanotechnology company that was established in 2013 and has worked on developing commercial products for military and mining applications. For example, SAFE-T® is a legacy product developed for the US Military for explosives detection, developed with internal resources and R&D funds under multiple contracts with the US Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center (ARDEC) and sold to elements of the US Department of Defense and allied forces.

Since that time Sixth Wave has matured the technology and the applications. Today Sixth Wave’s technology has applications across multiple sectors such as mining, medical, defense, and life sciences. Sixth Wave’s 3 key products are:

  • Accelerated Molecular Imprinted Polymers (AMIPs) – For rapid detection of viruses
  • Affinity – For cannabinoid extraction
  • IXOS – For gold extraction


Sixth Wave uses patented Molecular Imprinted Polymers (MIPs) for imprinting, capturing, and releasing substances at the molecular level.

MIPs use polymer synthesis techniques to create smart materials with high affinity for a target

Source: Sixth Wave Innovation website – About MIPs

The MIP technology can detect and/or extract any number of substances as widespread as the COVID-19 virus, cannabinoids, gold, or lithium.

Detection of viruses

Sixth Wave’s Accelerated Molecular Imprinted Polymers (AMIPs) is a Rapid Virus Test for the selective identification of Covid-19 that can give easy-to-read results within minutes. AMIPs will allow for high volume, point-of-use screening in public sector, private industry, hospitals, long-term healthcare facilities, and various forms of public transportation.

On June 10, 2021, Sixth Wave announced a breakthrough that they had successfully detected the UK and South African Variants of SARS-CoV-2, using two independent techniques: a color-based sensor and independently verified on a Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) based AMIP sensor.

The announcement stated: “The flexibility and robustness of the AMIPs platform was demonstrated again. These preliminary results give evidence to the claims that AMIP technology is resistant to loss of efficacy due to virus mutation and new variants. By imprinting and detecting the whole virus AMIPs can be highly resistant to virus mutation.”

Purification and extraction of cannabinoids in cannabis

For cannabis producers, Affinity™ streamlines the traditional processing of THC & CBD. Affinity™ uses MIPs designed to capture and extract cannabinoids to ensure the purest end product and the highest yield.

Sixth Wave recently announced they had commissioned delivery of its first Affinity™ System. It is estimated that the system will be ready for wet testing at AESI in late September and ready for shipment to the Sixth Wave’s proving laboratory in Maryland shortly thereafter.

Sixth Wave plans to deliver the first commercial Affinity™ System to Oregon-based Green Envy Extracts in Q4, 2021.

Extraction of gold from tailings

Sixth Wave has developed a revolutionary gold-processing system designed for the mining industry. IXOS® is a faster, cleaner and a more cost-effective method of processing and extracting gold with a higher and purer end product than traditional activated carbon processing.

Announced on May 18, 2021, Sixth Wave executed a non-binding LOI to test Sixth Wave’s patented IXOS® purification and extraction polymer on gold bearing tailings samples from the Barry-Hollinger Gold Mine (BHGM) in Eastern Ontario. The news release stated: “It is estimated there are approximately 200,000 tons of tailings on the property which have been indicated to contain up to 16,000 ounces of gold…..Sixth Wave will perform a combination of leaching and recovery tests, expected to start in June 2021, baring COVID-19 restrictions. The tailings test protocol could form the foundation for a business model that seeks to identify and recover gold from tailings at other mine sites in the Ontario mining district and throughout the world.”

The global implications are enormous given the massive global tailings available from not just gold mines, but other valuable metals.

Extraction of lithium from brines such as in the Salton Sea area of California

Earlier in 2021, Sixth Wave acquired 100% of Geolithic Corp. (a JV between TriLateral and Sixth Wave). Geolithic was established in 2017 to work on the extraction of lithium from geothermal brines located primarily in the Salton Sea area of California, potentially a huge lithium resource. This has become an important area of interest as it may help the USA and others to be able to extract vast quantities of lithium, which will be needed for this decade’s electric vehicle and energy storage boom.

Final remarks

Sixth Wave has several tremendous technologies all based around its Molecular Imprinted Polymers (MIPs), which can both detect and extract specific target substances.

Key areas of commercialization that are at the beginning are COVID-19 detection, cannabinoids extraction, gold from tailings extraction, and direct lithium extraction. All of these have enormous potential, as well as the potential to expand into related areas.

Sixth Wave Innovation trades on a market cap of just C$27 million and, in my view, is one of the most exciting listed junior companies on the market today. Be sure to take a deeper look at Sixth Wave.

Sixth Wave’s Dr. Jon Gluckman talks about the election and the 2nd wave of cannabis investment

In a recent InvestorIntel interview, Tracy Weslosky speaks with Dr. Jon Gluckman, President, CEO and Founder of Sixth Wave Innovations Inc. (CSE: SIXW | OTCQB: ATURF) about what a Biden presidential win means for an energized and revitalized cannabis sector.

“We’re pretty excited,” said Dr. Gluckman, “that in addition to the Biden win it was pretty clear that the referendums on the state ballots in the U.S. were extremely positive and forward-looking for the future of cannabis and the significant expansion in the United States which is obviously a huge market.”

Asked about what it means, Dr. Gluckman said that Sixth Wave sees it “as a tremendous opportunity for licensed producers to expand their footprints into different spaces and certainly for new equipment requirements which will include Affinity, so we’re stoked.” Affinity™ is Sixth Wave’s cannabinoid purification system.

Discussing the Affinity cannabinoid purification system revenue model, Dr. Gluckman explains that it work on a “total system performance license” basis, where Sixth Wave provides the technology to licensed cannabis producers on a “small profit margin basis”, but then partners to provide upgrades and maintenance in exchange for a portion of the producer’s revenue stream. As Sixth Wave’s Affinity optimization can save a projected 50% of a producer’s production costs, this mutually beneficial arrangement can create a substantial revenue stream for both the producer and Sixth Wave.

Dr. Gluckman explains to Tracy how the application of Sixth Wave’s patented Molecular Imprint Polymers (#MIPs) technology creates “consistent and high purity” cannabinoid from a producer’s raw material that is essential to creating a commercial product.

Regarding revenue expectations, Dr. Gluckman said that they expect to see revenue through a deal with Green Envy as early as December, and ramping up in the first quarter of 2021. Answering Tracy’s question about investors who missed the “first wave” of cannabis investment, he said that “the very interesting thing now is that what we have seen is that the growers are all growing,” and that “as new states come on board they are all going to need new licensed producers.” And since there are federal restrictions on interstate movement of cannabis, production will have to be local to each state, requiring multiple production facilities

“We’re really looking forward to it and scaling up significantly next year,” Dr. Gluckman said.

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Sixth Wave Innovations leads virus detection through breath testing

Using nanotechnology to quickly identify pathogens

Imagine if taking a coronavirus test was as simple as an alcohol breathalyzer, or a pregnancy test, and the results just as fast. One company has developed a test that uses molecular imprinted polymers with the possibility of detecting almost any pathogen, and is now using their technology to develop a way to detect for COVID-19 as easily as using a saliva test or a swab test.

Sixth Wave Innovations (CSE: SIXW | OTCQB: ATURF | FSE: AHUH) is a development stage nanotechnology company with patented technologies that focus on the extraction and detection of target substances at the molecular level using highly specialized ‘molecular imprinted polymers’ (MIPs). The target substances can be anything, such as pathogens (viruses & bacteria), gold, or anything made of molecules (that’s every substance).

Sixth Wave has technology to make a ‘polymer imprint’ for molecules including viruses. Sixth Wave is working to develop a molecular imprint for the coronavirus so they can capture the virus in their polymer and then apply various techniques to detect the virus such as colormetrics or electronics.

The company is working toward incorporating the technology into a mask so you could wear a mask that both protects and detects for COVID-19. Another concept is to have the MIP inside a coated barcode strip which you would then scan with your smartphone to see if you have been infected or not. (See: Sixth Wave working on a virus breath test.)

President, CEO and Founder Dr. Jonathan Gluckman explained that a “virus has a size and shape and we create an imprint in our polymer for that exact virus. Then we will detect that directly based on our chemistry.” He continued that Sixth Wave is “working to integrate this into masks and breathalyzers and then we can just utilize the breath, as we all know that’s the main transmission method. If you think about putting a mask on, not only will that mask provide protection, it can also, right there, be the test for COVID-19.”

Highlighting the advantages of Sixth Wave’s COVID-19 test over other tests, Dr. Gluckman also said that the test will be cheaper, faster, less invasive, and easy to use.

Dr. Gluckman says that Sixth Wave’s COVID-19 detection technology is currently under development, but the Company has successfully launched and commercialized other products with similar properties. The coronavirus tests are planned to be ready for an early 2021 rollout. The company has received a grant from the Canadian government to work with York University and the CTRI to use its virus detection technology to detect COVID-19 virus in wastewater supplies and in air handling systems.

Sixth Wave Innovations can detect and extract anything at the molecular level – Target markets include COVID-19 testing, gold extraction, and cannabis purification


Sixth Wave Innovations technology can be used for other applications

Gold extraction

IXOS® is a line of extraction polymers for the gold mining industry 100% developed and owned by Sixth Wave and patented/patent pending in 40+ countries worldwide. CEO Gluckman says the technology can save gold mining companies about US$100/oz on their processing costs based on pilot scale test results for multiple mines.

Sixth Wave Innovations IXOS® can save gold miners up to US$100/oz in gold processing costs

Source: Corporate presentation

Cannabis Purification

Sixth Wave is in the process of commercializing its AffinityTM cannabinoid purification system. The Affinity™ Technology for the medical and recreational cannabis industry is 100% developed and owned by Sixth Wave with a patent pending. AffinityTM products are now rolling out and starting to generate revenue for Sixth Wave, including an initial 300 Affinity units.

Other applications

Sixth Wave’s Molecular Imprinted Polymers (MIPs) have also been applied in industries including security (SAFE-T explosives detective wipes), mining (gold & silver extraction, also removal of mercury), and other pathogen detection. The potential list of applications is enormous.

Sixth Wave Innovations planned revenue streams

Source: Corporate presentation

Closing remarks

History has repeatedly shown how mankind makes incredible innovative technology during incredible times. Here we are facing one of this century’s greatest pandemics and scientists globally are racing to develop better diagnostic tests, treatments and vaccines.

In the case of Sixth Wave Innovations it is fast-tracking the development of an innovative technology to detect and extract polymer molecules. They are now focused on adapting their technology to make a polymer imprint of the coronavirus that can, if successful, make COVID-19 detection as simple and fast as a breath test, whether on a test strip or even on a dual-purpose face mask. Imagine wearing a face mask that can also detect COVID-19. Sixth Wave’s COVID-19 detection technology targeted for early 2021, and if successful it will be a massive win-win for the public and also for Sixth Wave Innovations.

Meanwhile, Sixth Wave will be advancing their near term revenues from AffinityTM, and later hopefully from IXOS®. The current market cap of Sixth Wave Innovations is only C$21m thereby presenting a tremendous early stage speculative opportunity for investors.