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-Laboratory Manager / Quality Officer / Chemical Analyst
Marco Troiani was the laboratory manager of DB Labs from its founding 2015-2016. His responsibilities included developing methods for the detection of terpenes and solvents (GC-MS), metals (ICP-MS), pesticides (GC-MS-MS), and Total Yeast and Mold, Total Aerobic Bacteria, Total Coliform Bacteria, and Salmonella spp. In cannabis and associated products, as well as hiring, training and managing lab employees. Additionally, Mr. Troiani was responsible for writing and maintaining the laboratory QAQC manual, and was responsible for personally signing each certificate of analysis released to a client. Mr. Troiani’s previous experience includes assisting as a lab technician at Steep Hill under Mr. Sguera, and previously working at the Lokey Research Group in Santa Cruz, CA on synthesizing and assaying for membrane permeability a series of novel peptides derived from natural venoms.
Mr. Troiani has many years of experience in a manager role, supervising technicians and employees in commercial laboratories, academic laboratories, and non-scientific commercial settings. Mr. Troiani is the co-founder of Digamma LLC, a consulting firm specializing the science aspects of the cannabis industry established in 2013. Digamma’s work with analytical laboratories includes: developing new methods, validating existing methods, increasing the robustness of quality and client data generated by a laboratory, often to meet accreditation standards.
Digamma’s work with extraction laboratories includes: increasing yields, purity and terpene retention of cannabis concentrates. Work with medical laboratories includes: presenting data generated by peer-reviewed publications on the safety and efficacy of cannabis as a medicine, educating doctors and clinicians on the chemical composition of cannabis, education on analysis performed on cannabis for potency and safety standards, education on the endocannabinoid system and the properties of cannabinoids in the human body.
In his capacity as a consultant to the industry, Mr. Troiani has authored many articles, documents and reports detailing the effects of scientific elements of a cannabis company and how these elements affect the purity and quality of the product, and the final revenue for the company. In addition Mr. Troiani has lectured on the science of cannabis in various contexts, most recently at the ACS conference in September 2016 where he presented his research on the extraction and detection of pesticides from cannabis, and at CannMed conference in April 2017 where he presented his research on the prevalence, grouping and medical efficacy of the terpenes in cannabis and their effects on patient health.