Innovating the Science of Cannabis from Day One
Count on us to improve your cannabis craft today and tomorrow
Some liken the past decade of the cannabis movement to the Wild West. Though a passionate, vital community, there was no safety and quality testing regulations or requirements. Four activist entrepreneurs thought there should be a consistent way consumers could trust their cannabis and cultivators could improve their products. The idea: develop testing and certification standards that could be built into the cannabis production process, at scale.
In 2010, Jeff, Josh, Alec, and Ian opened SC (Science of Cannabis) Labs in Capitola, California and developed the industry’s first testing standards. These guidelines are now widely adopted by the cannabis community, regulators, governments, and many organizations. As our industry transforms, we’ll continue to support standards — helping clients meet new challenges, advocating for common sense regulation — and always keeping a strong connection to our cannabis roots.
Our Talented Team Is From Every Corner Of The Industry
With decades of combined experience, our staff of chemists, microbiologists,
and other scientists comprise the largest, most highly-trained in the industry.
Jeff Gray, CEO and Co-Founder
Jeff focuses on general management oversight, investor relations, all financial aspects of the business, identifying strategic partners, and managing legal compliance. With more than 15 years consulting experience in the cannabis industry, he holds a degree in Business Management from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Josh Wurzer, President and Co-Founder
Josh is primarily responsible for managing regulatory compliance, research and development, and intellectual property. He has a background in analytical and synthetic chemistry and has spent his career in the pharmaceutical and electronic materials industries. He has written several cannabis-related patent applications and is a published author. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Alec Dixon, Director of Client Relations and Co-Founder
Alec is our Director of Client Relations, with five years of experience as a sales consultant in the hydroponic industry and formerly serving in the Navy. He is Outreach Director for Veterans for Medical Marijuana and is on the Board of Directors for Wo/Man’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana.
Brian Weigel, Oregon Laboratory Director
Brian manages our Portland lab facility. Over the past 20 years, he’s worked as an analyst, department manager, and lab director overseeing diverse analyses for several of the country’s largest environmental labs. Brian is a graduate of Grove City College with a B.S. in Biology/Pre-Med.
Max Duimstra, Oregon Operations Director
Max manages operations of our Portland lab facility. He has extensive experience in analytical chemistry and biodynamic, organic and conventional farming practices as winemaker for several top U.S. wineries. His winemaking expertise translates seamlessly to cannabis science. Max holds a Bachelor’s in viticulture and enology from UC Davis.
Heather Lee, Corporate Controller
Heather directs accounting and finance activities for all SC Labs facilities as well as ensuring the company maintains corporate compliance. Her background includes extensive accounting and management experience in a variety of industries. She is also experienced in human resources, auditing, tax, and legal. Her educational background includes accounting, business, and an advanced degree in Fine Arts.
Sean Kobayashi, VP of Marketing
Sean heads up our Marketing team, spearheading our strategies as a leader in laboratory analysis of cannabis, hemp, and CBD. He has decades of experience building world-leading products and brands, the majority of which focused on working in toxicology, healthcare and diagnostics. Sean holds a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design from Academy of Art University.
Travis Ruthenburg, Senior VP of Research and Development
Travis leads our research and development efforts toward improving laboratory efficiency and exploring new service offerings. Throughout his impressive career, Travis has been involved in creating quality systems to meet ISO and TNI standards as well as acquiring licensure in multiple states. Travis holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from UC Davis.
Chris Cargill, Director of Human Resources
Chris joined SC Labs in July 2017, and brought with him almost two decades of HR experience. After beginning his HR career forming HR teams from the ground up at two different Bay Area start-ups, he furthered his expertise in multiple industries. Always up for a challenge, Chris decided to bring his HR skills and abilities to Santa Cruz where he continues to enjoy the daily/weekly challenges the cannabis industry can bring.
“SC Laboratories, Inc. is an extremely professional organization. The technicians and sophisticated technology that they use to test marijuana samples from legal cultivators and dispensaries inspire great confidence in the way in which they carry on their work.”
“We have been using SC Labs to test our medicine for about a year now. They do an excellent job, and test results are posted quickly. Their staff is always punctual and helpful.”
“SC Labs has an excellent reputation as the most trusted source for reliable and accurate testing of cannabis. They have the infrastructure and experience necessary to support large contracts with government agencies and government-approved medical marijuana providers.”
“From the onset our collaboration with SC Labs has been exemplary, consistently professional, accurate, reliable and indispensable. Recognizing the relevance of tested medicine has proven to be of significant impact in patient treatment planning.”
“SC Labs has consistently provided reliable data throughout the extent of our relationship. I am particularly comfortable working with SC Labs based on the exceptional team they have put together.”
“SC Labs has proven itself to be an organization the raises the bar high and continues to be at the forefront of the legitimate cannabis movement. They are renowned for their timely response to client issues and phenomenal customer service.”