Lab Team

PhytaTech - Stephen Goldman, Laboratory Director

Stephen Goldman - Laboratory Director

Stephen Goldman is an analytical chemist with extensive industrial and academic laboratory experience. He brings to PhytaTechSM expertise in GC, HPLC and mass spectrometry, chemical and biochemical engineering as well as project and business management. Prior to joining PhytaTechSM, Stephen served as an analytical chemist at the CLIA and CAP certified Forensic Laboratories, overseeing toxicology testing. Earlier, he was a scientist-chemist for Novartis (Sandoz), Kemin Industries, Genentech and served as a contract chemist. In that capacity, Stephen was involved in research into biocatalyst production and new chemistry products, neutraceuticals, antibody conjugate linkers, technical services, quality control, analytical method development and validation.
Before embarking on a career in the private sector, he was a research assistant in academic laboratories at the University of Kansas and the University of Iowa. There, he engaged in research into the intracellular trafficking, cellular localization and stability of small molecules as well as the purification and quantification of heparin oligosaccharides.

Stephen has published a number of research papers in the fields of biological and analytical chemistry. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and the American Chemical Society. Stephen has a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry with Honors from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Iowa.

PhytaTech - Robert Howland, Sales Director

Robert Howland - Sales Director

Robert Howland brings over twenty years of sales, marketing and product development experience to PhytaTechSM. A veteran independent sales representative, Rob has worked with K2 Snowboarding, on school recognition programs and in a wide range of industries. He has a wealth of experience in meeting the needs and challenges of businesses as well as establishing strong B2B relationships around outstanding products, services and solutions.

Robert has received multiple awards for sales and service from corporations, retailers and national associations of sales representatives.

PhytaTech - Connor Fitzhugh, Laboratory Scientist

Connor Fitzhugh - Laboratory Scientist

Experienced with using molecular methods to identify microbial species, Connor has a B.A. in biology from the University of Colorado, and has pursued a M.S. in Biology, with a focus on microbial ecology, at Humboldt State University. Connor’s graduate research was published as "Microbial Heterotrophic Production in an Oligotrophic Acidic Geothermal Lake: Responses to Organic Amendments and Terrestrial Plant Litter" in FEMS Microbial Ecology. Through this research, he gained experience with designing large scale enrichment experiments, specialized DNA extraction methods, and next generation sequencing.

Leading the effort to certify PhytaTechSM Microbial Testing, Connor has integrated modern molecular methods into the PhytaTechSM quality control regimen allowing precise detection and quantification of common microbial contaminants of Cannabis. Previous experience working in microbiological quality control at the Eel River Brewery in Humboldt County has also given Connor expertise in microbial contamination and control in production oriented environments.

PhytaTech - Jessica Reedy, Office and Compliance Manager

Jessica Reedy - Analytical Chemist

Jessica Reedy brings to PhytaTechSM a background in science, management and compliance. After, Jessica received her Bachelors of Science in chemistry with a minor in biology at Towson University in Maryland, she moved to Colorado in order to pursue a career in Cannabis science. At one of Denver’s leading dispensaries, she advanced to the position of manager and compliance officer. She joined PhytaTechSM to pursue her passion for Cannabis science.

As a key member of the team, Jessica continues to be actively engaged in this central aspect of the emerging medical Cannabis industry.

PhytaTech - Sarah Otis, Analytical Chemist

Sarah Otis - Analytical Chemist

Sarah earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Physiology from Michigan State University in 2007 and worked as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department. She moved to Colorado shortly after graduating and worked in the environmental sciences testing water and soil. She also brings experience from a research lab in the department of medicine at the country’s leading respiratory hospital. Having started in the Marijuana industry in 2010 as a manager of a small mountain shop in Summit County where she learned every aspect of the business from growing, product research and ordering, patient education and service, and compliance and regulations. Since then she has gained years of experience in all areas of the business from inventory management at a busy Denver based dispensary to working in CO2 extractions for a well-known marijuana infused product company, Sarah started at PhytaTechSM in January of 2015 and is very excited about the future of Cannabis and all we are learning about the many benefits of this amazing plant!

PhytaTech - Andrea Nolte, Analytical Chemist

Andrea Nolte - Analytical Chemist

Andrea brings Cannabis industry experience to PhytaTechSM including quality control, analytical chemistry, and laboratory maintenance. She received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a minor in chemistry from the University of Colorado. Andrea’s interests lie in pharmaceutical outcomes research and regulation.

In the future, Andrea hopes to be involved with medical Cannabis research as the industry expands into the pharmaceutical sector.