Brendan McKernan

I have spent my career utilizing world class operating principles in the life science and clinical diagnostic industry.  Our MGC team’s attention to detail ensures that we can fulfill our commitment to produce the finest quality products in the world.  This approach has been part of our culture and one of my passions.  I have had the opportunity to work with incredibly bright scientists, entrepreneurs and business professionals while building Agencourt Bioscience, Agencourt Personal Genomics, Courtagen Life Sciences and Medicinal Genomics.  

When I am not pushing for lean manufacturing concepts, I enjoy boating, martial arts, boxing and volunteering my time to help Avon Old Farms School, Boston Harbor Angels and Rensselear Polytechnic Institute.  And let’s not forget to mention my trusty old pup, Addison.

Kevin McKernan
CSO & Founder

I have spent my career researching and developing various DNA sequencing technologies in both the research and clinical industries. In addition, I have a parallel interest in driving the tools used for personalized medicine into the world of cannabis medicine. In fact, the intersection of personalized medicine, genomics, and cannabis is, in my opinion, one of the most exciting growth opportunities in our lifetime.  My experience spans the gamut of working with incredibly bright scientists at the Whitehead Institute to entrepreneurs and business professionals from the most successful and innovative life science companies in the world. When I am not decoding DNA and unraveling the mysteries of cannabis medicine, I enjoy boating, skiing, and gardening.

Elizabeth Holland
Vice President, Human Resources

I have long been an advocate of cannabis legalization, cannabis safety, and ensuring people know exactly what strain they are using to make it most beneficial for their specific condition. Being a part of a team of people who are bringing state-of-the-art technology to cannabis plant genetics is very exciting for me. I have over 20 years of experience building teams and human resource capabilities for start up organizations, and I am thrilled I can apply this expertise to MGC.

Joe Lillis
Director, Regulatory Affairs

I joined Medicinal Genomics with over 20 years of knowledge and experience as a food industry CEO where I had extensive involvement with food safety and industry government affairs. My background allows me to truly understand the regulatory, industry, and patient needs in the medicinal cannabis space. I am able to relate to all of the industry stakeholders and facilitate the ongoing creation of sensible regulations that ensure consistent and safe products for patients. I live in Boston with my wife Amanda and enjoy golf, cooking, travel, and staying active.

Tim Olcott
Vice President, Operations

For the last 15 years I have worked in the genomics space alongside many of the MGC team members. From Agencourt, to Beckman Coulter Genomics, to Courtagen Life Sciences I have been focused on building a world class sequencing laboratory operation and managing all aspects of order management and customer support. I believe that we’re only scratching the surface of cannabis research and development of medical marijuana.  I am excited to see the industry grow, and to see Medicinal Genomics Corp. grow with it. When out of the office I can usually be found on a golf course.

Heather Ebling
Sr. Applications Scientist

The Cannabis industry is an ever changing and highly interesting space. Working with the very talented Medicinal Genomics team allows me to be part of this exciting and groundbreaking field. With a background in molecular biology and technical customer support, I am able to train and support our customers, allowing them to obtain accurate results in a timely manner. When a product is going to help someone in pain or struggling with an illness, these two things are extremely important.

Yvonne Helbert
Sr. Scientist

I have over 12 years of R&D experience in DNA/RNA purification and qPCR assay development. I joined the Courtagen Life Sciences R&D team in 2011 and was instrumental in the development of the mtSEEK and nucSEEK assays. My expertise in DNA purification and qPCR assay development has been key to producing high quality products for Medicinal Genomics.