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Brendan McKernan
CEO

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 new pup, Calvin.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Doug Kennedy
Director, CannMed Events

I joined the Medicinal Genomics team at the onset of co-founding CannMed Events in 2016. Before then, I worked with the Courtagen Life Sciences team as Director, Non-Profit and Volunteer Outreach after more than twenty years of experience in providing humanitarian aid in impoverished regions around the world. I began my work in the non-profit sector in Honolulu where I developed the New Hope Relief program and lead more than 200 medical, first response, and community development outreach programs in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific.

Following the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, my relief efforts included working as a producer on the film “The Third Wave”, which was screened in the first ever Presidential Jury Screening in the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and resulted in the development of CTEC – a community based tsunami warning center in Peraliya, Sri Lanka. As a result, I joined the staff of the Happy Hearts Fund as the Director of Volunteers where I developed multiple platforms for individuals and groups to participate in providing second wave response efforts following natural disasters including, a New York City based intern program that played an active role with the Clinton Global Initiative.

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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.

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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.

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Ben Amirault
Marketing Manager

I am a well-rounded marketing professional with experience in digital marketing, lead generation, social media, design, and content creation. I started my career as the editor of a healthcare coding and billing newsletter. While it was not nearly as exciting as working in the cannabis space, I learned how to explain complex topics in a simple and effective manner. That skill comes in handy at MGC. The science team is doing some amazing, innovative things in the lab, and I welcome the challenge of trying to simplify it for the layman. In addition to doing all things marketing for MGC, I also maintain Kannapedia.net and help organize and execute our annual CannMed Conference. In my spare time, I enjoy running, playing soccer, supporting the New England sports teams, and spending time with my family.

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Kate Landry
Controller

I have spent over twelve years in various accounting and tax roles, in many industries both public and private.  Using those experiences will allow be to help Medicinal Genomics grow.   Working with the team to navigate the evolving industry is an exciting challenge.  I received my BS in Marketing, along with my MBA and MSA from Bentley University.  When I am not working I enjoy traveling, volunteering, and knitting.

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Zac Eaton
Senior Sales Representative

I have been in the clinical diagnostic space for most of my professional career. A long-time cannabis grower, enthusiast, and legalization supporter, now I get to utilize my knowledge of genetics and passion for cannabis to help ensure safe, quality products hit the medical and recreational markets around the world.

Born and raised in Maine, I now live in Rhode Island with my wife and our 2 kids. When I’m not helping our clients improve their operations, you can find me at the beach, my indoor garden, on the ski slopes, or just traveling around New England on a family adventure.

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Kyle Boyar
Sales Representative

Kyle Boyar is a cannabis scientist with a background in neurobiology and analytical chemistry who has been working in the industry for five years. Kyle received his Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of California Santa Cruz and was previously employed as a Laboratory Manager for SC Laboratories. In addition to his work with Medicinal Genomics he also serves as the Social Media Coordinator for the American Chemical Society’s Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision.

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Blair Beach
Customer Support Specialist

I joined the Medicinal Genomics team after working for over 2 years with Courtagen Life Sciences. During my time at CLS I was able to get a glimpse of what MGC was building, and the great possibilities that the field has to offer. To be involved in an industry that is bringing hope and change to people, and their families, with life-altering illnesses is a tremendous opportunity. Public opinion is becoming more and more favorable towards medicinal cannabis, and it is the progress in science and technology that is fueling that. I am excited to be in a position to assist our team, as well as our customers, in navigating this quickly growing industry.

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Denise Marston
Executive Assistant/Office Manager

I am proud to be working with all of the talented folks on the Medicinal Genomics Team in this exciting industry to ensure safe, quality cannabis.  With extensive experience in  office management,  I’m ready to help build this Company to infinity and beyond.

A true New Englander, I love the mountains and the beach, watching Boston sports teams, and spending time with my husband and two teenagers.