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Daniel Ball

Daniel Ball

Chief Executive Officer

Daniel Ball is a technologist and avid entrepreneur with expertise in blockchain, telecommunications, AI, and ISO-level environmental testing for hemp and cannabis. He started his operations leadership in the Fortune 500 space with telecom company T-Mobile, later joining the Army broadening his operations background as a SIGINT Non-Commissioned Officer managing the deployment of over $250m of ground and airborne assets in foreign theaters of operations.

After leaving the military, Daniel helped a friend and colleague launch one of Oregon's first full-suite Cannabis and Hemp testing laboratories. His leadership and process implementations helped make them a state-leader in testing fidelity and turnaround time, growing their starting company revenue by over 1,200% within 15 short months, making it one of the first cannabis-focused testing labs to break above a $50m valuation in that newly regulated market, all while navigating complex and quickly changing regulations, product marketplace inconsistency, and strict ORELAP and OLCC guidelines.

Since that time he has founded several companies, successfully exited a few and helped launch several more. He comes to KRTL bringing a wealth of knowledge of the Oregon, Washington, and Californian hemp and cannabis markets, experience as a regulatory consultant on now emerging-psilocybin legislation in Oregon, and an IP holder for several key technologies to support KRTL's international biotechnology efforts and revenue generation potential.

Cesar Herrera

Cesar Herrera

Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Cesar Herrera, through his experience he has been able to penetrate many diverse industries ranging from the financial, including real estate, and the brokering of major industrial fundraisings, Cannabis and Psilocybin industries to Mining. Cesar Herrera has successfully worked his way through these markets by capitalizing on the worldwide network he has assembled over the years through his business relationships.

Mario Anthony Hernandez

Mario Anthony Hernandez

Corporate Secretary/ Treasurer

Mr. Mario Anthony Hernandez has over 20 years of extensive experience in the financial industry. Mr. Hernandez has been involved in all aspects of finance ranging from relationship management to residential, business, and commercial lending. In his role as a finance specialist for business, he honed his skills in corporate structure and compliance, helping his clients streamline the way they managed their entrepreneurial endeavors.

Kyong Lae (Kai) Kim

Kyong Lae (Kai) Kim

Executive Director of International Relations

Kai (Kyong Lae) Kim, our Executive Director of International Relations has built quite a career through his involvement in multiple business ventures. Mr. Kim has been able to amass an impressive resume, with his experience being engage in different facets of business.

Malcolm A. Leissring, Ph.D.

Malcolm A. Leissring, Ph.D.

Advisor/ Pharmaceutical and Medical Strategist

Dr. Malcolm A. Leissring is an award-winning biomedical researcher who is internationally recognized for his work on the molecular pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes mellitus. He conducted his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School in the laboratory of Dennis J. Selkoe, M.D., the world’s leading researcher in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Leissring’s research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and numerous private foundations, and he has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in top-tier scientific journals.
Of note, Dr. Leissring pioneered the development of pharmacological inhibitors of insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE), which have demonstrated utility for the treatment of diabetes (Maianti et al., Nature 2014) and wound healing (Suire et al., PLoS ONE 2018). Dr. Leissring has received awards from many prestigious organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Diabetes Association, the Ellison Medical Foundation, and the American Federation for Aging Research.

Dr. Brent LaGrange

Dr. Brent LaGrange

Research and Development

Brent LaGrange is a biomechanics specialist and biochemist from Evergreen, Colorado.

Mr. LaGrange develops industrial hemp formulations, case studies and product claim substantiation. He assists in technical support for facility development. Brent developed nutritional and topical products to improve mental and physical energy that empower the body's cells to heal themselves.

Dr. DaeHee Lee

Dr. DaeHee Lee

Research and Development

Dr. DaeHee Lee is a Research Professor at the Department of Marine Bioscience and Technology in Gangneung-Wonju National University. He was also a Research Professor at Korea University College of Medicine.

Dr Kyeung Il Park

Dr Kyeung Il Park

Research and Development

Dr. Kyeungil Park specializes in plant breeding, plant tissue culture, and cryopreservation of virus-free plants. He published research in Plant Journal.

Chae-Seok Lim, Ph.D.

Chae-Seok Lim, Ph.D.

Research and Development

Dr. Lim, professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Wongwang University School of Medicine, researches CBD treatments for dementia. He is also working on studies with autism, depression, and PTSD. Dr. Lim published fifty-four SCI international research papers.

Dr. Kooyeon Lee

Dr. Kooyeon Lee

Research and Development

Dr. Kooyeon Lee obtained his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Chemistry at Kangwon National University, Korea in 2004.

Dr. SangGuan You

Dr. SangGuan You

Research and Development

SangGuan You obtained a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries Resource Development at the Kangnung National University, Master of Science in Food Biotechnology at the Korea University, Seoul, Korea in1999 and Doctorate of Philolophy in Food Science at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada in 2005.

Sumeet Kamat

Sumeet Kamat

Strategic Advisor/ Systems Development

QUALIFICATION PROFILE
• Object Oriented PHP / MySQL web application developer
• Over 12 years of LAMP development experience
• Extensive experience in backend programming using MySQL, MongoDB and PL/SQL that includes stored procedures, triggers, and cursors.
• Extensive experience in Linux, Windows and network administration including high traffic networking and load balancing technique.
• Highly skilled in designing user-centric interfaces for customized applications using JavaScript, Ajax, HTML, CSS, XML, JSON.
• Strong background working with cross-functional teams in the design, development, and quality control of applications, systems, and databases.
• Co-authored two papers submitted to international press conferences and numerous technical reports and presentations.

Jill Narcisco

Jill Narcisco

Strategic Advisor/ Grant Coordinator

Jill Narciso is a UCLA graduate and current Lead Administrator for UCLA’s Department of Medicine- Veterans Affairs Division. She has over 10 years of experience managing Federal, State, and Private Contracts and Grant Funding, and she manages a research grant portfolio of over $25 million.

Cruz Avila

Cruz Avila

Strategic Advisor/ Non-Profit Administration

Cruz Avila was CEO of Poverello House for 6 years. Cruz managed a 3.0-million-dollar budget, 37 employees, Naomi’s House, The Men’s Resident Rehabilitation program, and a temporary overnight shelter for men and women.

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