Open Book Extracts has promoted Andrea Baillo to chief scientific officer.
In her new role, Baillo will oversee all research and development efforts at Open Book Extracts, including ingredient R&D, product development, and ingredient and product safety and efficacy research. She will lead global research engagements with partners, clients, academia and non-governmental organizations; help build the pipeline of leading science and technology talent at Open Book Extracts; and provide leadership of the Open Book Extracts Product and R&D Teams.
"Open Book Extracts is committed to leveraging data to deliver better products and outcomes to consumers,” said Open Book Extracts CEO Dave Neundorfer. “With more than 15 years of research experience, Baillo brings the expertise needed to advance our business and scientific understanding of the endocannabinoid system and the products that best support it. We look forward to Andrea's leadership of Open Book Extracts' ambitious scientific goals."
Since 2019, Open Book Extracts’ business has been deeply rooted in science. It leads research in fields related to quality of life, health, wellbeing and supply chain resilience. Key projects that the business has delivered include three clinical studies with Radicle Science, the largest randomized, controlled clinical studies on minor cannabinoids on quality of life outcomes including pain, sleep, and focus; safety and toxicology studies on CBN, CBC, THCV, CBDV; a clinical study on THCV to address acne, in partnership with Dr. Zoe Dralos and Dr. Jeffrey Dover; and university research programs with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (mechanistic effects of cannabinoids on brain cell functions), Harvard University (Alzheimer's, dementia, bipolar disorder, and depression) FAMU (Cancer), and UC Boulder (Depression / PTSD).
"I am excited to be driving discoveries that have the potential to impact not only the future of our business, but also to improve the quality of life for people around the world," Baillo said. "I'm fortunate to be surrounded by some of the best and brightest scientists, researchers and professionals at Open Book Extracts, and I'm looking forward to continuing our important work together."
Baillo has a history of working in cannabis research, development, and manufacturing, cancer research, and food and beverage industries. Baillo has served as vice president of research and innovation for Open Book Extracts since July 2021, and she previously served as senior director, research & development, quality at Green Thumb Industries. She is known for her focus on product safety and stability while promoting and supporting basic and applied research, assuring science is at the forefront of R&D. Baillo attended Wayne State University School of Medicine, where she completed her PhD in cancer biology.