Our Story

From science to seed to soil, we’re growing a better world.

Who We Are

We’re growing a new industry.

We’re a diverse group of biotech researchers, plant scientists and modern farming experts working together to grow the highest performing hemp, coffee and other high-value crops. We’re taking on the challenges of this new frontier and creating solutions that pave the way for increased profitability and sustainability. Together, we’re working to reinvent the industry and grow a better future.

What We Do

The most important part of bioscience isn’t the science. It’s the farmer.

The farmer is at the center of everything we do. From R&D to field-testing, our scientific discoveries revolve around what farmers need. We don’t just provide quality plants and seeds; we roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty. We strive for success by developing innovations that grow crops, grow investments and grow opportunities. And if we can do all that for one farm, we can do it for the world

Grower focused.

Made for farmers.

By investing in the success of farmers, we are investing in the sustainability of the industry.

Experience

We have over 200 years of agricultural & horticultural experience, plus over 100 years of R&D experience.

Intellectual Property

We have built a strong intellectual property portfolio, protecting our hard work and innovations.

Grower Focus

We help farmers achieve higher returns with reduced risk. We know that when farmers succeed, we all succeed.

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We are always looking for talented people who believe in what we are building. Discover the current opportunities available to join our team.

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Global Reach

We see this as a global industry and are here to help.

Spain

Research & Development
Breeding Facility

California

Plant Services
Coffee
Production Greenhouse
Field Trials
Tissue Culture Lab
Sales & Distribution

Colorado

Headquarters
Production Greenhouse
Field Trials
Tissue Culture Lab
Sales & Distribution
Research & Development
Breeding Facility

Southeast

Field Trials
Sales & Distribution

Northwest

Field Trials
Sales & Distribution

Northeast

Field Trials
Sales & Distribution

Wisconsin

Production Greenhouse
Sales & Distribution

Leadership

Meet Our Team

Our vision of growing a better world starts with people who all believe in the opportunity to apply creativity, hard work, and innovation to high value crops - plants that we believe positively impact the world.

Jonathan Vaught, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

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Scott Wiley

Chief Operating Officer

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Nick Hofmeister

Chief Strategic Officer

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Cecilia Zapata, Ph.D.

Vice President of Nursery

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Brad Schwartz

Vice President of Sales

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Steve Taylor

Vice President of Sales, Operations, & Channel Management

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Ray French

Vice President of Business Development

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Reggie Gaudino, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research & Development

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Research & Development

Chris Zalewski, Ph.D.

Director of Research, Plant Sciences

Keith Allen, Ph.D.

Director of Bioinformatics

Thomas Blank, Ph.D.

Director of Data Analytics

Caleb King

Director of Process Development

Anthony Torres

Molecular Biology Lab Director

Caroline Brugge

Analytical Chemist / Research Associate

Kim Neubauer

Research Scientist I

Chris Pauli

Research Scientist II

Agronomy & Horticulture

Steve Noffsinger, Ph.D.

Field Breeding & Trials Manager

Sierra McDonald

Product Development Manager

Jeff Harpt

Greenhouse Manager, Wisconsin

Nathan Renkas

Head Grower, Wisconsin

Michael Westendorp

General Manager, Salinas

Jose Ocampo-Briceno

Head Grower, Salinas

Rob de Bree

Head Grower, Gilory

Lee Heyl

Senior Director of Operations

Carolina Sarmiento

Tissue Culture Production Lab Manager

Alexandre Bosco de Oliveira

Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory Production Manager

Timothy Johnson

Greenhouse Manager, Denver

Fallon Lowe

Head Grower, Denver Greenhouse

Stephen Lipton

Greenhouse Manager, Lafayette

Scientific Advisory Board

Cristobal Uauy, Ph.D.

Project Leader, John Innes Center

Dario Cantu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, UC Davis

Jason Argyris, Ph.D.

Centre for Research in Ag Genomics

Todd Jones, Ph.D.

Dir of Ag Research, Dupont Pioneer

Linda Judge

IP and Commercial Counsel

Kymron De Cesare, Rev. Dr.

R&D Advisor, Phytochemistry

Daniela Vergara, Ph.D.

R&D Advisor, Genomics

Robert Marc Givens, Ph.D.

Technical Writer, Front Range Biosciences

Don Land

R&D Advisor, Analytical Chemistry

Board of Advisors

Ephraim Lindenbaum

Managing Director, Advance Ventures

Frank Traylor

Cofounder - CEO, Terra Health Care Labs

Lara Sasken

VP of Communications, SurveyMonkey

Micah Tapman

Partner, CanopyBoulder

Andrew Septimus

Private Equity Investor, Kuzari Group

Michael Dovbish

Executive Director, Nutrition Captial Network

Mark Waxman

Chief Marketing Officer, CBIZ, Inc.