Fiona Wilson, co-founder of medicinal cannabis consultancy Holmes and Wilson, has passed away aged 61 after a short illness.

Sadly missed: Fiona Wilson (left) with business partner and friend Patty Holmes

Following a long and successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, she joined Althea as regulatory affairs manager in July 2020, where she met director of medical affairs Patty Holmes.

A year later, the pair left Althea to launch Holmes and Wilson, with a mission to help the industry transition to the pharmaceutical environment and navigate the regulatory standards of development, registration, communication, and supply.

Holmes told Cannabiz: “Since we enjoyed working together so much and had complementary skill sets, we launched Holmes and Wilson to continue our work in the industry.

“I will remember Fiona foremost as a dear friend and wise companion with a wicked sense of humour. She didn’t stand for any BS, she called it as she saw it. She was one of the smartest individuals I have ever met and will be sadly missed.

“My only regret is that she was a one-eyed Collingwood supporter.”

Wilson leaves behind her partner, Eric, and two daughters, Jess and Emma, who Holmes described as “young, strong, independent women – a real credit to Fiona”.

Cannabiz co-founder Martin Lane added: “When I first met Fiona I warmed to her immediately. She was a big supporter of Cannabiz, a brilliant occasional writer for us, and great fun. Our thoughts are with her family and Patty at this difficult time.”

And writing on LinkedIn, industry commentator Rhys Cohen said: “Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Fiona Wilson. Fiona was one of the best – intelligent, compassionate, fiercely ethical, and just fun to be around and have a chat with. My condolences to her family and friends. Rest in peace.”

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