How Ora Pharm’s Zoe Reece Works: Cannabis Workspace

How Ora Pharm’s Zoe Reece Works: Cannabis Workspace

<![CDATA[Name: Zoe ReeceLocation: Waikato, New ZealandTitle: Founder & CEO, Ora PharmOne word to describe your cultivation style: Process. Being an engineer, I have a big focus on process and commercialization.Indoor, outdoor, greenhouse or a combination: Combination – currently greenhouse but soon expanding to outdoor and indoor as well.Can you share a bit of your background and how you and your company got to the present day?I decided to move home to New Zealand in 2019 to bring back [the] extensive cannabis industry experience [I] acquired in the U.S. I am a civil/structural engineer who graduated from the University of Auckland with Honors. After graduating, I worked in the mining and construction industries in engineering, supervising and project management roles.At Curaleaf, [I acted as] the director of engineering and project manager, [and] reported to the chief operating officer. I played a leading role in the company’s expansion by completing the design, planning, build, and start-up of more than 80 operational facilities in the two years I was with Curaleaf. I helped secure licenses in nine states and was involved in implementing state regulations for the company in 16 states. During my time at Curaleaf, [I] had exposure to the end-to-end operation of the business, including scaling a cannabis company from a start-up to a high-volume business.Ora Pharm started in July 2019; we received our medicinal cannabis license in New Zealand in January 2021. This month we received a government grant through Callaghan Innovation to further our R&D cultivation program. We are currently raising our Series A capital raise in order to expand our cultivation and fulfill export contracts.RELATED: Ora Pharm Awarded Callaghan Innovation Grant For Environmentally Friendly Innovative Technology to Grow High-Yield New Zealand Medicinal CannabisWhat tool or software in your cultivation space can you not live without?Safety Culture app. This…

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