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Colin Reily PhD
Co-founder, Scientific Consultant

I received my Ph.D. in molecular pathology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine studying autoimmune disease. Plants have been used for thousands of years to help ameliorate human and animal ailments. In fact, most modern medicines are derived from our investigations into the pharmacology of plant-based molecules. As the medicinal properties of plant-based nutraceuticals gains popularity in the medical space, the role of cannabis is at the very forefront with many participants attesting to its beneficial properties. I currently use hemp-extracted CBDA oil to help with sleep and inflammation. I am thrilled to be a part of the movement to provide scientifically rigorous hemp-based cannabinoid products to people.


Paul Reily
Co-founder, Operations, Hemp Farmer

Growing up, I spent a lot of time outside, the joy I found from being outdoors developed into a desire to form my life and work around the natural world. I graduated from Appalachian State in North Carolina in 2012 with a degree in Appropriate Technology and a minor in Sustainable Development. Following graduation, I worked on an organic vegetable farm in orange county North Carolina where I grew up. This experience inspired me to want something similar of my own, and I moved to the smoky mountains of Tennessee to Homestead and farm on a portion of my grandfather’s land. I established myself on 2 acres and raised vegetables for the Knoxville farmer’s market.

Hemp, with its many uses for the human body, captures my interests in plants and self-reliant health practices. In 2017, two years after the hemp pilot program was legalized, I applied for my growers and processors license and have had them ever since. I continue to work closely with the land growing small batches of hemp for processing in our facilities.


Justin Bowden
Co-founder, Business Development

I am the co-founder of the Birmingham-based raw juice company, The Fresh Squeeze, as well as Produccion Agricola Internacional, S.A. (PAISA), an international produce company based in the Republic of Panama. My work with PAISA introduced me to the world of controlled environment agriculture, and large-scale hydroponics, which we plan to incorporate on a small scale at our downtown laboratory building via a rooftop hydroponic greenhouse. I began using hemp-extracted CBDA oil to help with sleep and anxiety. For me, the results have been nothing short of miraculous. Now, my goal is to introduce as many people as possible to the benefits of this incredible plant.


Luigi Ferruccio Bertoli MD
Co-founder, Medical Consultant

After college at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, I went to medical school at the University of Panama, where I had the honor of being a B student in my Dad’s classroom. A medical residency at Gorgas Hospital in the Canal Zone was followed by a fellowship and faculty position in hematology and oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). A fascination with labs and research began in a wonderful UAB immunobiology laboratory and persists with clinical research in immune deficiency in our private practice at Brookwood Hospital and the ongoing conversion of a historic building into labs with my brother-in-law Justin. Reports from patients about the effects of CBDA led me to join Frontier CBD Science to produce and research its clinical and chemical complexities.

 

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