Kris Marsh.

Scientific Leader | Career Cannasseur | Psychedelic Advocate

Los Angeles, CA

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Hello! I am a business-savvy scientist. There are many businesspeople who understand scientific concepts to some degree. There are fewer scientists with the soft skills required to “hang” with the business types. I am both. While I was doing my PhD at UCLA I made sure to network with the students over at the business school to both satisfy my entrepreneurial curiosities and because I knew I wanted to manage a business some day. Since then, I have held positions of increasing responsibility at the management and director levels of several cannabis companies. Why did I make the move into cannabis after finishing my graduate work? I am passionate about health and well-being, and I believe that plant medicines and natural products offer incredible benefits that greatly improve people’s lives. When it comes to natural health, cannabis, hemp, fungi, adaptogens, and other natural medicines are all important to understand at a fundamental level so we can unlock their full potential, and I enjoy working with companies and teams who share this vision. Specialties include: Quality Management, Regulatory Compliance, Expert Cannabinoid and Terpenoid Knowledge, Project Management, Team Building, Continuous Improvement, Business Development, and Public Speaking

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Cannabis Industry Software
psychedelics
iso 17025
quality management
Work experience
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Jun 2021 - Present

Green Scientific Labs

Director of Integrated Sciences

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Jan 2021 - May 2021

Cherry

Principal & Chief Innovation Officer

Responsible for several core areas of business operations including Processing/Extraction, Marketing, Regulatory Compliance, and Business Development.

Feb 2019 - Dec 2020

The Niva Labs

Lab Director

The Niva Labs is an ISO 17025 accredited and BCC licensed cannabis and hemp testing laboratory and contract research organization in Los Angeles, CA. License No. C8-0000024-LIC Key Achievements and Responsibilities: • As the first lab director - planned, developed, and implemented a QMS that was awarded ISO 17025 accreditation after an initial accreditation assessment which resulted in zero nonconformances • Directed from-scratch method development and designed validation protocols that led to the successful issuance of a California Cannabis testing laboratory provisional license for all required test methods • Review and sign off on all laboratory COAs and ensure compliance with BCC and CCTT-METRC • Tracked cost analyses and developed a key performance indicator dashboard to track turnaround time, sample throughput, and overall company growth • Public speaking engagement including at the 2020 Emerald Conference, as a panel member at CannaFarmCon 2019, as a guest interviewee on the LabAroma Podcast, and in various other publications • Guided the lab in key interlaboratory comparison tests with NIST and the Cannabis Beverage Association

Oct 2018 - Feb 2019

EVIO Labs

Laboratory Director

EVIO Labs is the leading national provider of accredited cannabis testing, providing high quality analytical and consulting services for agricultural and biomedical industries in North America. EVIO Labs is dedicated to providing clients with superior customer service, reliable results, and world class expertise. Key Responsibilities: • Directed daily lab operations and process flow to maximize sample throughput and minimize turnaround time in a regulated, GLP environment • Oversaw a continually improving quality management system in accordance with the ISO 17025 standard • Monitored and reported KPIs to executive leadership and interfaced regularly with clients • Developed and optimized methods and ensured compliance of chemical and microbiological assays • Assisted the software development team with the design and implementation of a custom LIMS platform

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Apr 2018 - Sep 2018

Steep Hill

Production Lab Manager

As Production Lab Manager I oversaw daily lab operations at Steep Hill’s headquarters location in Berkeley. Key Responsibilities: • Track sample throughput, ensuring optimization of lab tasks by employees • Lead method development for LC-MS/MS, GC-MS, and ICP-MS analyses • Personnel management • Collaborate with the sales and R&D teams • Design and execute method validation protocols in accordance with ISO 17025 requirements • Communicate with the Lab Support Manager regarding routine and preventative maintenance https://www.steephill.com/

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Nov 2017 - Apr 2018

Steep Hill

Lab Analyst

Founded in Oakland, CA in 2008, Steep Hill is a science and technology firm that has become the industry leader in cannabis testing and analytics in the US and internationally. With cannabis labs in 4 states, Steep Hill is the largest lab network in the country. The company pioneered the first medical cannabis potency and microbiological contaminants testing methodology use in California - the first state to legalize medical cannabis. Steep Hill has since developed a variety of revolutionary cannabis testing products, including QuantaCann™, Strain Fingerprint™, and GenKit™. Steep Hill also provides expert consulting services to many states and municipalities and is developing proprietary genetic testing services for the industry as well. Key Achievements: • Analyzed over twelve different kinds of cannabis matrices using LC-MS/MS, GC-MS, HPLC/PDA, and Shimadzu Lab Solutions software • Developed and optimized LC and GC methods to improve sample throughput, analyte sensitivity, and rapid quantitation • Designed validation protocols for SOPs/methods in accordance with ISO 17025

Oct 2012 - Oct 2017

RENAISSANCE KIDS, INC

Physical Sciences Tutor

A family business at the core, Renaissance Kids works with families to support all academic needs, from reading readiness to test preparation. We provide courses both on site and online. Key Achievements: • Tutored middle school, high school, and university students on science concepts, from basic chemistry, to advanced organic chemistry, to physics, and more • Prepared lesson plans for students taking the SAT II chemistry subject test, resulting in all students scoring a 750 or higher out of 800

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Jan 2017 - Jun 2017

Skywell

Sr. Water Quality Engineer/ R&D Scientist

Founded in 2011, Skywell LLC is a late-stage startup company in Santa Monica specializing in commercial atmospheric water generators. Skywell is committed to impacting our world’s water crisis. We’re empowering people to control their own water supply—and in the process, to act in a socially responsible manner regarding the Earth’s waning supply of clean drinking water. Key Achievements: • Delivered recommendations to executive staff on standardizing water quality testing, resulting in acceptance and compliance with key California regulations and several federal standards required prior to consumer usage • Evaluated product commercialization opportunities for atmospheric water generators, successfully identifying several high-impact ideas and actionable strategies to de-risk market entry • Carried out routine analytical testing and analyses for bacteria, VOCs, SOCs, metals, and general chemistry • Sourced materials for innovative water filtration in closed-loop systems, including iodinated resins www.skywell.com

Aug 2012 - Jun 2017

UCLA

Graduate Research Assistant / Teaching Assistant

Earned PhD in the materials chemistry program at UCLA working in Professor Richard Kaner's research lab in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Key Achievements: • Authored eleven refereed journal articles in top tier scientific journals and mentored 3 students in advanced materials research, including carbon-based supercapacitors, 2D materials (boron nitride, graphene), and reverse osmosis filtration membranes • Synthesized novel perfluorophenyl azide small molecules and characterized them with NMR, FTIR, and XPS • Analyzed and processed XPS samples as departmental expert for over five separate, collaborative research projects • Engineered novel conducting polymer thin films with industry partner The Boeing Company • Volunteered two years as lab safety officer, ensuring compliance with OSHA and UCLA safety codes • Spearheaded a collaborative project with industry partner Momentive Performance Materials resulting in one peer-reviewed publication and one patent (WO 2016/040599 A1) • Designed and coded the Kaner group website from scratch, using HTML/CSS

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Jun 2016 - Sep 2016

Walt Disney Imagineering

Imagineer Intern

Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development, Inc. is the research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company, responsible for the creation, design, and construction of Disney theme parks and attractions worldwide. Key Contributions: • Directed discussions and interactions with dozens of engineers and artists to fulfill creative intent on innovative new projects, advising on material design feasibility and suggesting implementation of additive manufacturing techniques • Assisted in designing a new materials laboratory for mechanical stress/strain, abrasion, drop, and environmental testing • Coordinated research and development efforts to advance cutting-edge, flame-retardant materials for theme parks and robotics

Jan 2013 - Feb 2015

UCLA Bruin Marching Band

Percussion Instructor

The Solid Gold Sound of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band is a 270-piece ensemble which performs en masse at all home UCLA football games and in smaller contingents at a variety of other collegiate sports events, band festivals, and private gigs on the national and international scope. Key Contributions: • Led rehearsal, wrote musical scores, and assisted with choreography design for the drumline section • Managed six section leaders, including scheduling rehearsal time, discussing percussion pedagogy, and improving morale • Initiated and completed the redesign of the drumline drum colors, resulting in a vibrant finish more reflective of the band's brand and spirit

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Sep 2014 - Dec 2014

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Student Team Member of Technology Commercialization & Innovation Class

Evaluated commercial value of drag-reduction material on multidisciplinary team of 4 across business and science, conducting market analysis and IP assessment for an advanced material invented by Professor CJ Kim at UCLA Synthesized analysis and identified commercialization opportunities resulting in a formal business plan for the technology

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Jun 2011 - Jun 2012

Johns Hopkins University

Staff Researcher

Conducted research on carbon nanotubes using wet chemistry and surface science techniques as part of Professor Howard Fairbrother's research group.

Education

2014 - 2017

University of California, Los Angeles

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Materials Chemistry

2012 - 2014

University of California, Los Angeles

Master of Science (M.S.), Materials Chemistry

2006 - 2011

Towson University

Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Chemistry

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