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Alex Brooks is one of the UK’s pre-eminent analysts on all things cannabis and his scientific curiosity has been equally piqued by the industrial gas helium.

In his role as senior analyst at Canaccord Genuity, he admits that before embarking on research for explorer Helium One Global, he wasn’t aware about the depth of applications that are required for helium. He now has encyclopaedic knowledge of the gas and its uses from MRI scanners, fibre optics, hard drives, specialist welding, rocketry, to a lesser extent airships; and helium is now being proposed for a new generation of fusion reactors coming out of Japan. It’s no wonder Brooks describes helium as “chronically undersupplied.”

After an oversubscribed fundraise in November and AIM market debut in December, Helium One Global gave investors the opportunity to be part of the Rukwa project in Tanzania, said to be the largest known primary helium resource in the world.