Emily Rigby

Emily Rigby

Head of Research & Development

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Emily Rigby is a horticultural research scientist who has been working in the field of Medical Cannabis since legislative changes came into effect in Australia in 2016. Emily is Head of Research & Development for Cannatrek and Director of Research Programs for the AIMC – Australian Institute for Medical Cannabis Inc. Emily is a passionate advocate for Medical Cannabis – promoting Australian patient access, education and regulatory reform. Her expertise include propagation and cultivation methods, facility design, licensing and permit applications, regulatory compliance, patient access, education and research from seed to patient. Emily is dedicated to removing the stigma surrounding the Cannabis plant, facilitating the Australian medical cannabis industry and improving patient access. Prior to working in the field of Medical Cannabis, Emily worked in ornamental horticulture. Emily’s background consists of over 10 years of horticultural research, with expertise including propagation and cultivation methods, protected cropping, nursery and plantation management, post-harvest technology, export market access and new product development. Emily’s research into the Australian native Umbrella fern led to the successful domestication and first commercial plantation of this high-value floriculture product. Emily is President of the Australian Society of Horticultural Science, Director of Protected Cropping Australia and 2016 Nuffield Australia Farming Scholar. Emily previously taught scientific research methods at the University of the Sunshine Coast for 9 years, where she previously completed her Bachelor of Science and first-class honours in horticulture.

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