Cannabis in Space & THCv – Front Range Biosciences
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Front Range Biosciences was created as a partnership with farmers, combining progressive R&D with modern agriculture to grow crops with successful yields. Tune in to E.114 featuring Dr. Jon Vaught, CEO & CO-Founder of FRB as we discuss the innovative work they are doing in the cannabis industry to create more stable plant varieties for cultivators in both the hemp and cannabis space. Jon tells us about some of the common problems they are looking to solve with their research as well as new technology on the forefront for their industry. We also chat about FRB’s exciting role in sending cannabis into space through a SpaceX mission to research the effects of microgravity on the plant.
Recently FRB announced that they were the first genetics company to launch a line of THCv products. This is an exciting announcement for consumer’s focusing on specific experiences as THCv has been known to aide in appetite suppression, as well as create energizing, less psychoactive experiences. Due to the various reported effects plants that are high in the THCv cannabinoid have been deemed to be “skinny” or “diet” weed.
Learn more about releasing cannabis into space and the new frontier of THCv on the latest episode of Lit & Lucid!
Dr. Jon Vaught
With more than 15 years of experience developing and commercializing technologies for human diagnostics, food safety and agriculture, Dr. Vaught brings a diverse background with both a strong scientific and practical business acumen. As CEO and Co-Founder of Front Range Biosciences, Dr. Vaught drives the evolution of cannabis agriculture through science, improving efficiency for farmers along with safety and reliability for consumers.
He has built a team of experts in horticulture, agriculture, translational research and supply chain professionals who are moving the needle forward for the cannabis industry with a focus on innovation and sustainability.
Prior to founding FRB, Dr. Vaught served as the Director of Assay Development for Velocity Sciences, and a Senior Scientist for SomaLogic where he led cross functional teams in the development and commercialization of assay technologies for personalized medicine and clinical validation for pharmaceutical companies. He also served as Senior Product Development Scientist for the Beacon Biotechnology where he led the development and commercialization of a food safety platform for onsite detection of food pathogens in large scale food processing facilities. He is an inventor on three patents and an author on 7 publications in peer reviewed journals. He received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Vaught also operates a small farm at his residence in Colorado and is the founder of Mountain Flower Dairy, a 501c3 non-profit in Boulder, focused on providing educational opportunities for the local community to learn about where their food comes from.