Scientist behind one of Washington’s pioneering cannabis testing labs joins MCA

Posted:  Dec 02, 2016
After a long stint at Washington State’s first ISO 17025 cannabis testing lab, CanaSafe Analytics, Dr. Aaron Stancik brings his credentials as a pioneering scientist in the cannabis industry to Medicine Creek Analytics.

He was instrumental in building Pullman’s CanaSafe into one of the State’s most well-respected cannabis testing labs and has been one of the primary voices pushing for better cannabis science in Washington.

Stancik’s background in serving both the cannabis industry and academic community made him the ideal candidate to serve as Scientific Director for Medicine Creek Analytics. Supported by the Puyallup Tribe, Medicine Creek Analytics’ mission goes beyond providing top-quality recreational marijuana testing and medical marijuana testing

Investing in academic research
The tribal cannabis testing lab will be performing research in collaboration with the University of Washington-Tacoma. Their interest in cannabis testing stems largely from a desire to provide safe, natural, and innovative treatment to cancer patients in their community. 

Housed in the Puyallup Tribe’s Salish Cancer Center, Medicine Creek Analytics will support the center's efforts to provide holistic cancer treatment.

With an eye toward growing the biotech industry in the greater-Tacoma area, the tribe has also provided input and tours of their Medicine Creek Analytics lab to the Wedge Biotech Accelerator. 

Says Stancik, “Proximity to UW-T, Madigan, and MultiCare provides us with a large patient base and creates some unique opportunities for collaboration and cannabis research.”

Growing industry and consumer awareness
Stancik’s status as a true leader in Washington’s cannabis science community will set the Medicine Creek Analytics apart from other labs, some of which have recently come under fire for providing industry friendly cannabis testing.

“Objectivity and good science is everything to us. That’s where we believe the cannabis industry is going,” says Stancik. “Slapping falsified potency or microbial test results on a product may move the sales needle in the short term, but as the industry matures, successful businesses will provide a consistent, safe, quality product. And businesses using shady labs will be discovered and weeded out. No pun intended.”


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