Upon receiving a B.S. in organic chemistry from Oregon State University, Ken White worked for Thermo Fisher Scientific developing large scale synthesis and purification for the manufacturing of fluorescent biomarkers, increasing scale by over 300% and increasing reaction efficiency by 20%. While working at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Ken earned his Master of Industrial Chemistry from the University of Oregon.
Ken White, Chief Scientist & Vice President of Manufacturing
Hungry for new experience, Ken White transitioned to Bend Research where he developed several pediatric formulations of cancer medication for pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, and continued developing techniques for large scale manufacturing of chemical compounds.
With the legalization of cannabis, Ken left Bend Research to start his own consulting company. During this time Ken assisted several Oregon cannabis companies set up and develop their cannabis processing facilities, earning several industry awards for hawards for his products. Ken also consulted for a large scale Oregon Department of Agriculture approved hemp processing facility, implementing systems and procedures for very large scale hemp extraction and processing.
Ken joined Cura (Select) January 2017 as the Chief Scientist and Director of Manufacturing. Ken designed and built an industry leading cannabis laboratory for Cura that has quickly become the most efficient and largest scale processing facility in Oregon. Ken has developed many innovative products such as pure THCA and CBD Isolates as well as water soluble formulations. Ken has also been an integral part in formulating products for several new projects including hemp CBD formulations for Select CBD.
Ken left Cura in May 2019 to once again Consult for the Cannabis industry. His focus is around large scale manufacturing of cannabis products, custom design and fabrication of manufacturing equipment, product formulations, automation, and innovation in cannabinoid chemistry