Dr. Lessard is director of cannabis manufacturing at Varin Science, LLC, in Santa Cruz, California. He and his team have over three years’ experience in extraction and distillation of cannabis to create high purity, award-winning, pharmaceutical-grade THC and CBD medicinal products and formulations. Dr. Lessard and his team have developed technology in:
- Catalytic Pesticide RemovalTM (patent pending), a unique process that removes pesticides from extracted biomass
- Delta-8 THC (an isomer of the more common delta-9 THC) production
- Nanoemulsion beverage technology and solutions
- Custom cosmetic, topical, tincture, pet, and vape formulations
His company, Varin Science, offers toll distillation and emulsion solutions as well as licensing, joint venture and other collaborative opportunities in both North and South America. Prior to forming Varin Science, Dr. Lessard worked as lead chemist at HC Ventures, winner and producer of the 2018 “Best Distillate” at the Emerald Cup, and Delta 9 Laboratories. Prior to that, he was head of R&D for 18 years at the Granite Rock Company. Dr. Lessard has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Davis, 1990, and also has B.S. degrees in Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry.