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Testing & Processing Formulation, Cannabinoid analysis, Potency testing

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You've had a varied career...

Yes, I started out in cancer research, but it was tough to find grant funding in the aftermath of the 2007 financial crash. So when an opportunity arose to work in QA/QC for a brewery, I decided to give it a try. I learned a lot about manufacturing, production, and quality management in the brewing industry, but I was keen to start using my hard-won laboratory skills again, so I was delighted to join Green Thumb Industries as Director of R&D and Quality. The cannabis industry was particularly appealing to me because there’s so much left to discover. The industry is evolving at breakneck speed and I thrive on change!

What does your role entail?

There are two sides to my role. First, I help design and formulate new products; at the moment, we’re doing a lot in topicals and edibles. Second, I make sure that we are producing high-quality, consistent products by looking at the technology and methods we use in all areas of the business, from cultivation to drug delivery.

A fun project we worked on recently was creating a new transdermal product line. It was great to have an opportunity to engineer a product to deliver cannabinoids through the skin and then prove it using the classic tape strip experiments used to test suncream and other consumer products.

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