Meet the Team

 

 
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Bahram Daneshvar

Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance

Bahram has a Ph.D. from University of Copenhagen and a Master of Science in Pharmacy (Msc) from University of Copenhagen and has extensive experience from Novo Nordisk, Lundbeck, UCB Pharma, Chr. Hansen and more. He has 20+ years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry within medical devices and manufacturing of API/DP across all phases of the product life cycle research, pre-clinical, clinical development and commercial production of small molecules and biologics (antibodies, anti-body fragments and polypeptides), Bahram has accumulated the skills within quality control and quality assurance for API, Raw materials, Bulk and Finished Products.

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Sibilla Laldi

Quality Assurance Professional at Medican A/S

Sibilla has a MSc in Organic Agriculture from Wageningen University in Holland and a BSc in Herbal Medicine from Carlo Bo University in Italy. During her study in Holland she worked with Bedrocan on a project to develop innovative and environmentally friendly greenhouses with the purpose to grow medical cannabis in Israel. Sibilla is originally from Italy but speaks and write both Italian, English, Spanish, Danish and a bit of Dutch. Sibilla comes from a position as Scientific advisor and QA/GMP responsible person at Mellisa Natural Cosmetics Ltd.

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Brian Palm Svaneeng Mertz

Chief Executive Officer

Brian Mertz has twenty years of experience with start-up enterprises where he has served on management teams, boards of directors and in executive level management positions.

Brian first invested in the cannabis industry Nube Serena in 2015, an industrial hemp and CBD production company based in Uruguay and became a board member of the US-listed cannabis-based fund Newbridge Global Ventures Inc. in 2017.

As soon as the Danish Medicines Agency approved the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, he founded Medican and quickly engaged in the opportunity to apply and obtain a license for medical cannabis cultivation in homeland of Denmark. Brian strategically teamed up with experienced leaders in the industry to form Medican and brings his passion for cutting edge technology to our state of the art production facility.

Brian has special qualifications within international negotiations, merger and acquisitions, public offerings, sales, business development and business-to-business marketing. He served as Chief Operations Officer of the Nasdaq listed IT-security company EuroTrust in the period of 2001 to 2004, where he worked with the company’s largest shareholder, VeriSign (now Symantec). Brian was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Guava A/S (former Notabene.net), a Danish online marketing company listed on the Danish Stock Exchange from the period 2004 to 2009 and Chief Executive Officer of the Norwegian listed entertainment company GIG Inc. during the period 2012 to 2014. Brian is educated with a BA in Organization and Marketing from Niels Brock Business College in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Daniel Grabowski

Chief Operating Officer

As a life-long entrepreneur, Daniel has successfully built and operated commercial cannabis businesses in California and Oregon. Today, Daniel continues to create opportunities in the industry, while recognizing and capitalizing on the unlimited possibilities that the cannabis industry has presented him.

Daniel’s vast construction knowledge and experience as a general contractor helped him jump start his entrance to the cannabis industry nearly a decade ago and helped him rapidly achieve success. With Daniel’s expertise in construction, he was able to quickly perfect his ability to provide ideal environments for growing high quality, high yield cannabis.

In the past, Daniel has partnered with government officials, large corporations, and educational institutions to lead the way in certified green energy and environmentally friendly construction. Daniel is committed to designing cutting edge, ergonomic work environments to help catapult the success of each of his production facilities. His expertise in running teams of several hundred employees has given him the ability to fine tune the operations of each project to deliver a consistent, top quality product.

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Gunner Heard

Chief Cultivation Officer

Gunner Heard brings cultivation experience from multiple projects on both coasts of the United States with an extended focus in the Bay Area of California. Gunner specializes in cannabis production, facility design and operations.

With the help of his team, Gunner has become a jack of all trades within the cannabis industry and has developed a well-rounded aptitude and understanding of standard industry practices inside and outside of the gardens.

As a gardener, Gunner has hundreds of indoor harvests under his belt, successfully growing a multitude of different phenotypes and varieties of cannabis. Gunner and his team have won a variety of awards for their work. Their products have been showcased in multiple California based cannabis magazines and newsletters.

Gunner takes pride in his attention to detail in the cultivation process to bring the healthiest of plants to wholesome medicine. Gunner’s mission within the medical cannabis market is to show patients in need that there is still hope for those experiencing debilitating symptoms and pain.

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Danielle Grabowski

Chief Digital Officer / Cultivation Engineer

Danielle Grabowski has years of experience in the cannabis industry primarily in the California market. She combines her passion for art and design with her cannabis knowledge to drive growth by converting traditional "analog" businesses to digital ones. She over sees operations in the rapidly changing digital sectors like mobile applications, social media and related applications, virtual goods, as well as web-based information management and marketing.

Danielle’s accolades as a commercial gardener have been documented in cannabis magazine and newsletters in California and she has won multiple awards for her work. She is dedicated to her work in producing medical cannabis for those who are in need of an alternative form of medication.

Danielle struggled with medical issues of her own and found relief through cannabis which has changed her quality of life and solidified her belief in the medicinal benefits of cannabis. She is fully committed to cultivating medicine and delivering top quality products for those who struggle.

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Kristen Alexovich

Director of Human Resources

Kristen Alexovich brings ten years of experience managing, developing and empowering her teams to drive organizational and personal growth. She combines her passions for people and possibility, to see past what was, and instead transform the standards of the medical cannabis industry. Kristen lays the foundation for the HR infrastructure to keep Medican compliant, allowing for her team to focus on what matters – our people and our medicine.

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Martin Johansen

Chief Security Officer

Martin is First Lieutenant Army Reserves in the Danish Royal Lifeguard. Previous Platoon Commander and still active as instructor.

In addition, he has more than 20 years of experience within security and law enforcement. Graduated Educated from the Danish Police Academy School in 2006. He has had recent experience as a Police Instructor, Incident Commander and Platoon Commander.

Trained in heading up safe working environment according to Danish rules and regulations.


 

Board of Directors

 
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Dr. Kevin Smith

Medical Director

Dr. Kevin Smith is our Medical Director and a member of the Medican board of directors. Kevin is board certified in preventative medicine, is licensed to practice medicine in five states, two countries, and holds a DEA license in USA. Kevin has focused his attention on medical cannabis through consulting and presenting in Ohio, Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida and online.

Kevin earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Universidad Central del Este School of Medicine in Dominican Republic, his Masters of Public Health from Yale University School of Medicine and is presently studying to earn his PhD in the Division of Epidemiology of the Institute of Environmental Medicine at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

Kevin’s field experience ranges from emergency room physician to clinic physician, business development coordinator to chief medical officer, and founder to occupational medicine advisor, in the UK.

Kevin professed his medical education at institutions including Yale University, Drake University, University of Osteopathic and Medical Health Science, Kennesaw State University and Emory University. He has over ten publications internationally, contributes to four professional societies and serves the USA in the Army Reserve since 1987.

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Ole Sigetty

Chairman / Lawyer

Ole Sigetty, serves as our Chairman of the Board since our establishment in 2017. Ole is an experienced professional with more than 30 years as an attorney-at-law in Denmark. Ole is admitted to the Supreme Court of Denmark where he appears regularly. Ole is a senior partner of the Law Firm Németh and Sigetty A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark. During his professional work, Ole has practiced business law and litigation with a focus on M&A transactions, contract law, and public listings. He has served on several boards as both director and chairman. Currently, Ole holds a position as director for New Bridge Global Ventures, Inc, traded OTC as NGBV. Previous positions include the chairman of the board of Guava A/S, a Danish online marketing company listed on the Danish Share Exchange in the period 2004-2009, director and chairman of the board Norwegian listed entertainment company, GIG Inc., in the period 2012-2013, director and chairman of the board of International Food Science Center A/S and director of MMC Optical A/S, director of Seven Seas Clothing Co. A/S. Mr. Sigetty holds a Master of Arts in Journalism and Public Affairs from the American University in Washington D.C.

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Christian Espersen

Experienced C-Level Management

Christian Espersen is a member of the Medican board and the largest investor of Medican. Christian comes to us with over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience and C-level management. His primary focus has been in the food industry. Currently, Christian is the CEO of Skagerak Fiskeeksport and Skagerak Pelagic. Christian successfully ran international operations for DATE-SHAUB and ESS-Food in Spain, as the General Manager.

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Kim Holm

Extensive Management Experience / Capital Managemnet /Real Estate Experiece

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Consultants

 
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Jakob Sandersen

Director of Regulatory Affairs hos S-Cubed

Experienced Vice President Regulatory Affairs with a demonstrated history of working in the pharmaceuticals industry. Skilled in Management, Coaching, Business Strategy, GMP, and Sales Management. Strong business development professional graduated from Holte Gymnasium.

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S-cubed

Pharmaceutical Consultancy Services and CRO Services

Founded in 2007, S-cubed provides clients with a wide range of tailored services, from in-sourcing solutions, individual ad-hoc advice and consultancy, to delivering large projects. S-cubed has a highly experienced staff that has extensive expertise in supporting projects ranging from pre-clinical and clinical development, pharmaceutical licensing in the EU and US, medical technology research and other healthcare management activities.

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