Research &
Development (R&D)


Research and Development has been in medcanns’ DNA since its beginning with the technification processes, and further implementation of ambitious hybridization programs, using marker-assisted selective breeding technology.

In a changing reality in which scientific evidence on different cannabinoids – and combinations of these – appears daily, the company ensures the continuous execution of projects for the generation of new chemovars that seek higher concentrations of specific active components, greater resistance to pests, and productivity improvement.

This way we can offer a diverse genetics portfolio of the highest quality, fully formalized and registered, for our clients’ cultivation operations.


Technical – scientific team

We have an exceptional team working on an interdisciplinary basis:
professionals from chemistry, chemical engineering, agronomy, and
mechanics areas; project management specialists, master´s degrees in crop
physiology and administration and management; and PhDs in plant breeding and seed science and technology.

Led by two of our co-founders, recognized experts with international prestige and experience.

Steve Dale

Co-founder, Master breeder

Steve is a lifelong aficionado who has been collecting, cultivating, and breeding all types of cannabis for over 30 years. His experiences working with the species goes back to the late 1980´s, spans several continents, and even more climates, including every paradigm from indoor, greenhouse, and field grown.

He is also known for pioneering the aquaponic cultivation of cannabis, since 1994.
Cultivars which he developed in the 1990´s and early 2000´s are still popular today, as are many downstream hybrids of them.

He identifies as a cannabis futurist, and medcann was originally formed to pursue his strategic vision: become a serious gene bank using marker-assisted selective breeding technology, and a producer at scale of the most affordable meds on the planet by making the transition from horticulture to mechanized agriculture while staying true to the conviction of cultivating biologically and sustainably.

Gary Strachan

Co-founder, Scientific

Former MIT professor with academic and practical experience in genetic sequencing and chromatography technologies.

Gary is also Former agriculture Canada scientist and member of many international professional societies for genetics, microbiology, food science, viticulture, and enology.

Former Canadian delegate to O.I.V. (Organization International de la Vigne et du Vin) with broad teaching experience in enology and viticulture.