Dr. Andrea Holmes is a Professor of Chemistry at Doane University in Crete Nebraska and the Chief Growth Officer of Precision Plant Molecules in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Holmes received her Ph.D. in organic chemistry at New York University and was a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral Fellow at Columbia University in the Department of Chemistry and Columbia Medical College, College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.
In 2018, Dr. Holmes was appointed as a PhD scientist at AgriScience Labs in Denver, a state certified and ISO audited marijuana-testing lab. At AgriScience Labs, Dr. Holmes tested marijuana consumer products for potency, residual solvents, terpenes, pesticides, yeasts, molds, salmonella and e-coli. She also conducted her own research and developed an automated image analysis for counting yeast and mold colonies in marijuana, eliminating the need for a microbiologist to count the colonies manually. Furthermore, Dr. Holmes hosted a Doane student at AgriScience Labs and developed a portable cannabis colorimetric sensor that is able to detect and quantify THC. Dr. Holmes presented these scientific innovations at the Institute of Cannabis Research at the University of Pueblo in Colorado and at the American Chemical Society in Orlando, Florida.
In December 2018, Dr. Holmes co-founded and built and built Precision Plant Molecules (PPM) in Denver, a premier science-based cryroethanol cannabis extraction company that emphasizes good manufacturing practices, compliance, full traceability, and filling the market needs for high quality cannabis extracts and isolates. Now, serving as CGO, Andrea drives the commercial development process with customers focused on the introduction of novel formulations and ingredients involving both major and emerging cannabinoids, as well as product lines containing a full spectrum or specific phytocannabinoid ratios that are 100% THC free. She is the key liaison between customers, industry and academic research collaborators, and PPM’s R&D and product development teams. She also leads PPM’s marketing initiatives and relationship building with hemp industry companies and regulatory agencies. She is motivated to change each person’s world for the better and do so in each interaction, as well as with products created with scientific innovation. Pushing all team members at PPM to higher levels is one of Andrea’s superpowers which in turn helps PPM bring its customers and end-use consumers the benefits of new and efficacious cannabinoid-based products.
As the Chief Growth Officer at PPM and a senior management member, Dr. Holmes was pioneering a new, consumer-driven market of THC free cannabis-based edibles, lotions, tinctures, tablets, and nutraceuticals. She also headed the efforts to push new frontiers of science in the discovery of novel minor cannabinoids that are known for wellness benefits.
Dr. Holmes has now resumed her academic position at Doane University and is building strategic alliances with hemp farmers, processors, researchers, the Department of Agriculture, and the Nebraska legislation. Dr. Holmes firmly believes that the new legislation will finally bring Nebraska to the forefront of hemp cultivation, processing, and selling, a much needed commodity that will spark innovation, tax revenue, economic development, improvement of agriculture, new beneficial crop rotations in farming, and research in academia and the private industry sector.