Mr. Austin Stevenson is the Chief Innovation Officer at VERTOSA, using advanced encapsulation technology to develop reliable, and trusted cannabis and hemp products for mainstream food, beverage, health and beauty markets. He joins the founding team with 10 years of experience launching early-stage companies in biotech, and several years in the cannabis industry. Most recently, he has leveraged his biotech experience building the regulatory Hemp/CBD testing program for Eurofins—a world leader in food, environment, and product testing services—to ensure quality assurance. He was also an early member of California’s first Cannabis Benefit Corporation, Humboldt Legends. From cultivation to regulatory testing, Austin’s expertise extends across the value-chain.
Austin began his career in microfinance at Citigroup. With a personal passion for community impact, he advised and invested in local SME community businesses.