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Author Archive | Nick Opich

Yaron Conforti, CEO of Novamind

No new episode of the Green Rush this week, instead we’re replaying an old favorite, our conversation with Yaron Conforti, CEO and Director of Novamind Ventures, which delivers psychedelic therapies to patients suffering from treatment resistant psychological conditions at its Cedar Psychiatry clinics in Utah. 

Novamind is evolving the model of regulated psychedelic medicine by treating patients with ketamine-assisted psychotherapy at its four Cedar Psychiatry clinics in Utah; creating complementary evidence-based therapy modalities that enhance patient outcomes; and, building a network of outpatient mental health clinics and clinical research sites in jurisdictions with established regulations for the use of psychedelics. 

Our hosts Anne and Nick spoke with Yaron to chat with him about the more than 4,000 ketamine-assisted psychotherapy treatments Novamind has administered, the Company’s expansion plans beyond its home base of Utah and Novamind’s RTO onto the CSE.

And no worries, we will be back with a brand new episode next week – so don’t lean back, lean and enjoy! 

Yaron Conforti, Chief Executive Officer of Novamind

Yaron Conforti is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Novamind. He’s an entrepreneur and the principal of Emmcap Corp., an investor in venture-stage companies. Previously, he served in senior investment banking roles at Desjardins Securities and Sandfire Securities, and in CEO, CFO and corporate director roles for private and public companies.

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

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Chad Bronstein, CEO and Founder of Fyllo

Chad Bronstein, CEO and Founder of Fyllo (pronounced Fee-Low), a technology company delivering data, media, and regulatory solutions to the cannabis industry. Under Chad’s leadership, Fyllo has revolutionized marketing technology for highly-regulated industries, allowing the most ambitious cannabis, CBD and consumer brands to overcome the complexities of compliance at-scale.

Our hosts sat down with Chad about the current regulatory challenges the industry faces, how the COVID pandemic has affected his business and Chad makes some bold predictions on what may happen with the SAFE Banking Act. We also learn more about Fyllo’s suite of software solutions that are aiding companies from startups to Uber navigate the cannabis space as well as Chad’s endeavors into the psychedelic space with Wesana Health.

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Chad Bronstein, CEO and Founder of Fyllo

Chad Bronstein founded Fyllo with the expertise gained during a career leading the sales and marketing teams of some of the largest businesses in advertising, media, and technology. His experience leading large-scale acquisitions, venture fundraising, strategic partnerships, and corporate exits has resulted in the scaling of several startups into national leaders. Under Chad’s leadership, Fyllo has revolutionized marketing technology for highly-regulated industries, allowing the most ambitious cannabis, CBD and consumer brands to overcome the complexities of compliance at-scale. Since founding Fyllo in 2019, Chad has overseen the product development, marketing, capital raising, and M&A deals that have uniquely positioned Fyllo to solve the challenges of these fragmented and inefficient markets. 

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

Sturges Karban, CEO of ManifestSeven

Sturges Karban, CEO of ManifestSeven, California’s first and leading omni-channel cannabis distribution company, supporting the legal movement of products across the state and beyond, is this week’s special guest on The Green Rush. Focused on streamlining the distribution of cannabis across the world’s most competitive marketplace, M7 has developed a unified platform supports compliant distribution, retail and deliver operations for both enterprises and consumers.

Our hosts wanted to speak with Sturges to get an update on the growing California marketplace and get a better understanding of what is working in the state and where there may still be shortcomings. We also discuss ManifestSeven’s business model and how it’s focus on distribution and technology in addition to a couple of new key partnerships are setting the company up to be a long-term player in California and eventually other regulated markets. 

Sturges also provides his thoughts on the legislative progress cannabis has seen at the federal level and offers his expectations on what to expect in the coming months and years.

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Sturges Karban, CEO of ManifestSeven

Sturges Karban is the CEO of ManifestSeven, California’s first and leading omni-channel cannabis distribution company, supporting the legal movement of products across the state and beyond. He joined the Company in 2014 as Chief Investment Officer, and in 2017, was appointed Chief Executive Officer. He has more than 17 years of experience across an array of industries, including banking, metals and mining, energy, real estate, technology, and media and entertainment.

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

Nishant Reddy, CEO and Co-Founder of Satya Capital

Nishant Reddy, CEO and Co-Founder of Satya Capital, a privately held boutique investment firm that has its hands in just about every touchpoint in the cannabis industry including its distribution arm Vantage Point Distribution and its CPG brand A Golden State, is this week’s special guest on The Green Rush! 

A long time advocate and consumer of cannabis, Our hosts Anne and Nick sat down with Nishant to talk about his jump from Wall Street into the business of cannabis and how his firm has found success in the industry. Nick and Anne also touch on the Company’s plans for expansion, its focus on operating a sustainable and carbon neutral business and how it has been able to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we touch on consumer behavior trends over the last 14 months, the push for federal legalization of cannabis and how the industry will continue to innovate in a post-pandemic world. 

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Nishant Reddy, CEO and Co-Founder of Satya Capital

Nishant Reddy is a former investment banker and private equity professional, who was an early advocate and visionary on the health and wellness benefits of cannabis. After establishing a successful career on Wall Street, he decided to turn his passion into an entrepreneurial venture and moved to Los Angeles in an effort to be an early adopter pioneering cannabis legalization. Since 2013, Nishant and Satya Capital have built several successful cannabis companies, including a fully vertically integrated operation in CA and CA’s most premier cannabis flower brand, A Golden State.

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

Doug Drysdale, CEO of Cybin, Inc.

Doug Drysdale, CEO of Cybin Inc., a leading biotechnology company focused on progressing psychedelic therapeutics to treat psychiatric disorders utilizing proprietary drug discovery platforms, innovative delivery systems, and novel formulations and treatment regiments, is this week’s special guest on the Green Rush!

Our hosts Anne and Nick sat down with Doug to talk about all things Cybin including the Company’s recent listing on the NEO exchange, its partnerships with Catalent and Kernel, its expanding IP portfolio as well as its growth and expansion plans for 2021 and beyond. In addition, we look at the future of regulations for the psychedelic space, when clinical data may become available and the similarities and differences between psychedelics and cannabis for investors.  

Cybin is one of the most exciting companies in the nascent psychedelics space and it was a real treat to chat with Doug and get an in-depth look at how the company is differentiating itself from its competitors.

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Doug Drysdale, CEO of Cybin, Inc. 

Doug Drysldale has chaired the Board of a NASDAQ-listed company and, as CEO for the past 12 years, has built and turned-around 3 pharmaceutical companies. During Doug’s 30 years of experience in the healthcare sector, he has formed cohesive management teams, recruited board members, completed 15 corporate acquisitions across three continents and has raised $4 billion of both public and private capital. Doug holds a bachelor’s degree in Microbial and Molecular Biology from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom and was recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young in 2012. 

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

Matthew Anderson, the Founder and CEO of Vanguard Scientific

Matthew Anderson, the Founder and CEO of Vanguard Scientific, a systems and solutions provider servicing the botanical industry, is this week’s guest on The Green Rush! Launched by Matt in 2014, Vanguard’s mission is to deliver the capability to manufacture the highest quality, most valued, oils and extracts routinely and cost effectively in the cannabis and hemp industries.

Anne is talking with Matthew as a preview for their free webinar, “Inside the Industry” which will take place next Wednesday, April 14th at 12PM ET. Together Anne & Matt will be hosting a five-segment webinar featuring panelists from across the cannabis industry. They’ll cover everything from tech to CPG, to pharma to investment. You can register for the webinar at the link below. In the meantime, Anne chats with Matthew about what he’s been up to at Vanguard Scientific and what listeners can expect from the webinar. 

Register here:

https://vanguardscientific.zoom.us/webinar/register/4016164308637/WN_mLgbzMIKRv65SIl1v5HInQ

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Matthew Anderson, CEO and Founder of Vanguard Scientific Systems

Matt Anderson, Founder/CEO of Vanguard Scientific Systems, is a leader in the changing world of processing, extraction and active-ingredient manufacturing of natural botanicals. Matt is delivering a global network of integrated systems and solutions to meet the processing needs of the rapidly evolving cannabis and hemp industries. Through partnerships committed to market-leading technology, standards, quality control, and training excellence, Vanguard will lead a compliant, stable supply chain to the global marketplace.

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https://vanguardscientific.zoom.us/webinar/register/4016164308637/WN_mLgbzMIKRv65SIl1v5HInQ

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

Adam Berk, CEO of Driven by Stem

Welcome to the Green Rush, a podcast at the intersection of cannabis, the capital markets and culture.

On a weekly basis, hosts, Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich speak with the leaders who are moving the industry forward. From politicians to investors, from celebrities to advocates, The Green Rush is the place for people who want to learn about the business, politics, policy and cultural impact of cannabis.

Today, Nick and Anne are talking with Adam Berk, CEO of Driven by Stem, a vertically integrated, farm-to-home, delivery-as-a-service platform redefining the future of the Cannabis industry. Our hosts chat with Adam about the company’s most recent evolution following its acquisition of Driven Deliveries and how its positioning the company to quickly scale and dominate the growing delivery landscape. In addition, Adam provides tremendous insight into the interplay between e-commerce and cannabis, the rise of online delivery as well as hot topics in the industry including the reintroduced SAFE Banking Act.

Now on to our conversation with Adam Berk, of Driven by Stem.

Adam Berk, CEO of Driven by Stem 

Former CEO of Osmio (now GrubHub), the first patented web-online food ordering system.  A founder of HYD for Men, an artisanal men’s grooming company, Adam also founded PPI Co., which patented the first paper water bottle.  A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in finance and hospitality, he also has an MBA from University of Miami.

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications. 

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

David Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Enveric Biosciences

This week on The Green Rush, our hosts Nick and Anne are chatting with David Johnson, CEO of Enveric Biosciences, a patient-first biotechnology company developing rigorously tested, novel cannabinoid medicines to improve quality of life for cancer patients. 

It’s been a while since the Green Rush team has talked about CBD so we used this opportunity to get an update on the state of the space including how CBD is fitting into the existing medical landscape, the ways that technology is progressing the validation of these molecules and what the market could look like in the next several years. We also explore Enveric’s business model and how they compare to other players in the industry as well as key news from the industry including Jazz Pharmaceuticals acquisition of GW Pharma. 

Now on to our conversation with David Johnson of Enveric Biosciences.

David Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Enveric Biosciences

Former CEO of Convatec, oversaw the $4.1B spin out of Convatec from Bristol Myers Squibb; former CEO of Alliqua Biomedical, a developer of wound care technologies.

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications. 

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

Dean Friday, CEO of Lyphe Group

This week on The Green Rush, our hosts Nick and Anne are talking with Dean Friday, CEO of Lyphe Group, Europe’s largest online cannabis clinic, and direct-to-patient pharmacy ecosystem. Lyphe is one of the better-known names in the UK, with 60% of all active patients. Our hosts dive into the Lyphe business model with Dean and get an idea on how different the UK cannabis market is compared to its North American counterpart..

Since most of our conversations to date have focused on the North American market, we’re excited to explore the growing European cannabis market and the progress being made across the Atlantic. From patient access to supply challenges, the UK and Lyphe are in the beginning stages of tackling some of the greatest issues facing this growing segment and Dean provides some tremendous insight on where the industry is today and where it hopes to go in the near future. 

Now on to our conversation with Dean Friday, of Lyphe Group.

Dean Friday, CEO of Lyphe Group

As CEO, Dean Friday leads Lyphe Group leveraging more than 12 years of experience serving as a senior executive driving growth in start-up businesses and having raised over $19M across four companies. Prior to launching Lyphe, Dean served as CFO & Partner at ECH Limited. In addition he’s held c-suite roles at Saavy Property Tech and the TSX listed Arian Silver as COO & CFO respectively.

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications. 

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

Jeff Stevens, CEO of Psyched Wellness (CSE: PSYC)

This week on The Green Rush, our hosts Nick and Anne are talking with Jeff Stevens, CEO of Psyched Wellness (CSE: PSYC), a Canadian-based health supplements company focused on the production and distribution of artisanal functional and psychedelic mushrooms. At its core, Psyched Wellness is developing a line of Amanita muscaria-derived water-based extracts, teas and capsules designed to help with three health objectives: promote stress relief, relaxation and assist with restful sleeping.

With increased interest in plant-based wellness alternatives to pharmacological treatments for health issues such as insomnia, depression, and anxiety, Psyched Wellness and its work with the Amanita Muscaria mushroom are part of the larger push within the psychedelics space to transform mental healthcare. We chat with Jeff about the unique characteristics of Amanita, what differentiates Psyched from other psychedelics companies and what the company has in store for 2021. 

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Jeff Stevens of Psyched Wellness.

Jeff Stevens, CEO and Director of Psyched Wellness

Jeff Stevens is the CEO and Director of Psyched Wellness. Jeff has 20+ years of capital markets experience and has been an officer and director with several public companies. He has taken three companies public via reverse takeover, built teams and structured multiple M&A transactions while building successful businesses.

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications. 

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

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