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Startup Uses DNA Tests to Recommend Cannabis Products | Slack Files to go Public

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
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The Big One

A breakdown on the day's biggest Inno story.

DNA Tests for Cannabis Recs

For people looking to treat ailments with cannabis, getting started can be intimidating. With a wide variety of strains, products and effects, guidance is crucial, but often hard to find.

"Cannabis is not a one-size fits all product," Jackson Rowland said. "Different individuals experience different effects from different products."

In an effort to ease the entry into medical cannabis, Rowland has developed a DNA test that will match people with products that are most effective for them.

Rowland, who has a background in chemistry and biochemistry, said he knows people who use cannabis functionally for various medical ailments. He was also aware of the lack of information that often deters people from cannabis.

"A lot of people want to use it functionally, but don't know where to start. They don't know who to see about it," he said.

After doing research, he determined DNA testing was the most effective and consistent way to recommend cannabis products, and co-founded Green Genomix with Aaron Moss.

"Genetic testing seemed to be the most likely to come about and the most effective," he said about the future popularity of cannabis recommendations. "Everyone has the same genes, they just have different variants. Its consistent across all humans."

In December, he began selling the Green Test DNA Collection Kit. The Green Test uses your DNA to identify specific genetic variants known to be responsible for the uniqueness of your biochemical makeup. This information is used to help determine which cannabis products you should use and how often you should use them for the desired effects.

[For more on Green Genomix and what the company's DNA test reveals, check out our story here.]


Making Moves

Inside the people, companies and organizations making moves today.

STEM Certification Program

Denver-based mindSpark Learning, a nonprofit focused on professional learning experiences for educators, announced today that Ball Corporation is its latest partner for STEMpath, a graduate-level STEM certification program. 

The 12-month program offers STEM coursework, work-based learning externships and professional learning to educators. The first STEMpath cohort kicked off on January 23 in Denver, with 14 educators enrolled for the program.

Ball joins Couragion, Morgridge Family Foundation, Colorado Succeeds, Metropolitan State University, Bitsbox and Pathway 2 Tomorrow in supporting the program.

Slack Files to go Public

The WSJ had it last month, but workplace messenger platform Slack has now officially filed paperwork with the SEC to go public by direct listing.

The company, which has plans to bring a gigantic second headquarters to Denver, would be the second major tech company to circumvent a traditional IPO listing, after Spotify followed a similar route in April 2018.

The new Slack HQ in Denver could hire up to 550 employees, according to this Denver Biz Journal story.


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Random, Rants & Ramblings

The fun stuff.

The Smell

We need to address the smell that routinely wafts over Denver. It took me by surprise when I first moved here, but now I realize it's not a one-off scent. Yesterday was BRUTAL.

I've done my research and realize that Greeley (and impending snowstorms) are to blame, but how can we stand for this? In December, I mentioned a Colorado Sun story about the state's efforts to ramp up 'cloud-seeding' to increase snowfall.

Well, I'm proposing we use that same technology to shoot some air fresheners up there as well. I'm a big fan of the clean laundry scent, so that's my vote, but I'm open to suggestions.

Anything to quell the smell.


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