Antonio had several roles in the management, development, and company reorganization in Italy and abroad. He provides elasticity and flexibility in relationships, a view of the company decisions not only in a financial, but also in a strategic context, motivation in team as well as individual work, initiative in building new relationships or searching partners for the development of 360° projects, operations coordination and supervision centered on problem solving and result-oriented.
Diego has been working for over 10 years in the Cannabis industry in California, specializing in cannabis extraction on an industrial scale. He is skilled on each step of the process, from raw material selection to optimization of the extraction processes on an industrial scale, and the development of new equipment. Co-founder and CFO of Greenleaf Processors Inc, a company leader in the extraction market in California, Diego brings together with Greenleaf Processors, all his expertise exclusively to CANAX in Europe, from lab design to production development on an industrial scale.
As Albert Einstein said years ago, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious”, curiosity has always been fundamental and central to my professional career, almost like the dogmatic figure of the black monolith in Kubrick’s ‘2001 Space Odyssey’. This gift has always been at the center of my thinking (besides the passion for quotations and filmography); over the years, it has pushed me to study and understand the world around us in more and more detail. It started with the scientific diploma and continued, first with the Bachelor’s degree in Biology, and then with the Master’s degree in Food Science and Human Health, (food has always been another great passion of mine, perhaps more important than Einstein and Kubrick). Starting from 2018, the training path is joined by the work path through the activation of a PhD course in apprenticeship in Pharmaceutical and Biomolecular Sciences with the participation of Exenia group and the University of Turin. During these 3 and a half years, I have learned a lot and I have always tried to combine the skills developed in the company, with those deepened in the university, two different worlds that must be known and understood in order to develop a critical and managerial thinking. Within the Exenia universe, at first I dealt with the extraction field, refining the management of the process and understanding all the real operational phases that characterize it, such as the management of variables, the loading and unloading of the machine and the monitoring of extraction. I had the opportunity to work with public and private entities, as well as to participate in national and international projects. Later, I specialized and developed sensitivity and skills in algal culture management, particularly at the level of different green single-cell species. Here the challenge becomes more complicated, as the reference system becomes biological and the number of variables involved increases dramatically. In any case, I specialized in the management of light, culture media, pH, temperature and crop health, parameters to be checked every 24h and remodeled for each algal species examined. Extremely formative and interesting congress experiences AlgaEurope 2019 and 2020, two editions of one of the most important international events in the world on this topic. In the university environment, I had the opportunity to work in several departments, in particular those of Plant Physiology, Cardiovascular Physiology and Pharmaceutical Biology at the University of Turin and, for a period of three months, in the Department of Pharmaceutical Biochemistry at the Universidad Mayor de San Andres in La Paz. In these locations, I honed my technical knowledge on different analytical methods such as HPLC, TLC, GC and preparative chromatography, but above all, I learned to work in sterile environments, testing plant extracts directly on endothelial cells in a laminar flow hood completely in BSL-2 (Biosafety Level 2). Besides all this, there are also all the training courses carried out in these 3 years of doctorate that range over different topics, mainly belonging to the biology/pharmacy sphere, including the microbiota macro-theme, a focal point of contemporary world research. Finally, I would like to point out that, in terms of operational goals achieved, the most important one has been the ability to work in a team. I have always firmly believed in this way of working, and during these years I interacted day after day with colleagues, professors, technicians or simply workers in Italian, English and Spanish and I hope to refine more and more my skills in this area. For this reason, my future goals are related to a personal growth with the focus on research and development, up to the management of a close-knit team eager to learn and experiment - in a word, curious, just like me.