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.
Ian Rice, Co-Founder and Vice President
Ian Rice leads sales, marketing and development activities for the company. He has significant education and work experience in the medical cannabis industry consulting for medical cannabis cultivators, dispensaries, and patients. Ian has also worked as a paralegal and trial assistant.
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.
Travis Ruthenburg, Chief Science Officer
Travis directs technical operations and is primarily responsible for executing the scientific mission of the company. He holds a B.A. in chemistry from Carleton College and a PhD from University of California, Davis in analytical chemistry. Travis has over a decade of experience in key roles in medicinal cannabis analytical laboratory operations and in lead chemist roles. He also has expertise in cannabis analysis lab set up and licensing.
Jeff Sauer, Quality Control Officer
Jeff directs SC Labs’ quality control activities. He has an extensive background serving in a variety of analytical and regulatory roles for quality control laboratories, with focus on HPLC analysis. He has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, with emphasis on aquatic toxicology and chemistry.
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.
Mallory Speakman, Laboratory Director
Mallory manages the lab at our southern California facility. She has a background in Quality Control, Research and Development, analytical chemistry, and wet chemistry techniques. Mallory has extensive experience both as a quality assurance auditor and lab technician. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Utah State University.
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.
“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.”