ABOUT AUSTRALIAN
NATURAL
THERAPeutics
GROUP

ANTG produce exclusive high-quality cannabinoid based medicinal treatments that can meet individual patient needs. We combine a strong research focus with best in class cultivation and extraction methods to develop cannabinoid medicines that offer safe and effective therapeutic benefits to patients.

Our team has witnessed first-hand the power of medicinal cannabis in relieving chronic and debilitating disease symptoms in areas where traditional treatments lack efficacy and or have significant side effects. It’s these personal experiences that motivated us to establish our company in 2015.

Our passion for the plant underpins our focus on putting the needs of patients first – and we believe, as an independent company, that we are uniquely positioned to achieve more and be more for the benefit of humanity.

    Our people

    Our team is motivated by the possibilities and health benefits that medicinal cannabis offers.

    Led by a board of skilled commercial leaders our team also includes experienced horticulturists, scientific researchers and medical advisors.

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    Matt Cantello Matt Cantello
    Matt Cantelo
    Chief Executive Officer & Founder

    Matt leads the ANTG team. A former director and COO of one of the world’s leading travel management companies, Matt helped guide the business to IPO in 2010. Since then Matt has been investing in and advising various successful ventures across a number of sectors including technology, security, social media, real estate, nutrition and fitness.

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    James Gaskell
    Chief Operating Officer

    James oversees the ongoing business operations and corporate development of ANTG. With an executive leadership background in the travel, technology and advertising industries, James has led brands, projects and operational initiatives globally in travel, IT, automotive, CPG, finance, beauty and manufacturing. James also serves as an investor and board advisor to a number of businesses in security technology, travel distribution, talent management and recruitment.

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    Rangi Faulder
    Global Director, Cultivation Research & Development

    Rangi worked in aquaculture for over a decade until 2015 when he followed his calling to help create a medical cannabis industry in Australia. Rangi then obtained a hemp research license, a cultivation facility, and began to selectively breed for specific cannabinoid profiles suitable for therapeutic use. Rangi has tested several hundred plants using high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC). He is also trained and experienced in the operation of super critical Co2 resin extraction equipment.

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    Jarrad Dale
    Global Director, Special Projects

    Jarrad brings a strong background in construction, project management, strategy and negotiation, underpinned by experience in GMP/GACP horticulture and high-tech farming. Jarrad has developed numerous industry contacts in the medicinal cannabis markets of USA, Canada, Holland and Australia. He has also built extensive experience in best-practice facility design and techniques pertaining to the medical cannabis industry.

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    Dr. Teresa Nicoletti
    Legal Counsel

    Dr Teresa Nicoletti is a Partner in the Intellectual Property, Health and Life Sciences team at Mills Oakley. She is both a lawyer and a scientist with 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries in Australia and New Zealand and has also worked across a number of other product-related industries, including food, cosmetics, veterinary pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and industrial chemicals. Teresa is regarded as Australia’s leading expert in medicinal cannabis law and was the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year in Health in 2017 and 2016.  She is also ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in the Life Sciences category in Chambers Asia Pacific 2018.

     

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    Munesh Subash
    Global Director, Quality & Regulatory Affairs

    Munesh has an extensive background in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and Commercial Quality in both Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries. At ANTG, Munesh leads the Quality and Regulatory Affairs (QRA) teams. This involves ensuring strong quality and regulatory compliance throughout the company, including in-process controls and validations, as well as managing all aspects of licencing and registrations of ANTG products and sites.

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    Matt Dewar
    General Manager

    Matt holds a science degree in sustainable resource management and marine biology and specialises in plant breeding. Working across the hemp and medicinal cannabis industry, Matt has gained a diverse experience in cultivation, harvesting and propagation. As General Manager of ANTG’s Research Facility, Matt leads the research team in their cultivation and breeding program.

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    Jim Cameron
    General Manager

    Jim is General Manager of ANTG’s Cultivation and Manufacturing Facility. He has extensive experience in the agriculture, horticulture and real estate industries as an owner, manager and investor. A knowledge-base in horticultural processes, engineering and design, qualifications in the fields of electronics and electrical theory, as well as a deep understanding of holistic planning and construction, catalyse Jim’s ability to design and construct horticultural facilities and manage production.

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    Kia Nikoumanesh
    Genetics Lead

    Kia’s expertise combines both agricultural and academic experience. In the past, Kia has consulted, managed and helped several agribusiness enterprises to achieve maximum productivity and excellence as well as taught plant physiology and genetics at Australia’s leading universities like University of Sydney and UTS. In his role as Genetics Lead at ANTG, Kia monitors and studies plant genetics to help ANTG become one of the world’s leaders in cannabis production and research.

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    Duncan Simpson
    Vegetation Room Supervisor

    Originally from Tamworth NSW, Duncan recently worked in medical cannabis cultivation at Tilray in Canada. His passion for increasing the quality of people’s lives combined with a diverse experience in technology, retail and hospitality industries has equipped him with a strong foundation to lead and monitor the quality of ANTG’s cannabis products.

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    Michael Perman
    Cultivation Bay Lead

    Michael developed a keen interest in the emerging medicinal cannabis industry in 2014 which inspired him to travel to the United States to undertake industry training in Horticulture and Business at Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California. Upon completing his courses, Michael worked as a Cultivator and Site Manager within the cannabis industry in Humboldt County, United States before moving back to Australia. Michael is now Cultivation Bay Lead for ANTG where he works to develop and improve on the quality of our medicinal cannabis plant.

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    Anna Guerrini
    Cultivation Bay Lead

    Anna is a cultivation expert with a degree in Geoscience and Agricultural Production and Management from the University of New England. Her vast experience across agriculture and cotton industries include experience in pest, disease, nutrient and water management as well as seeding, grafting and maintaining production, which in the past, has led to a production output of 62 different tomato varieties. As the Cultivation Bay Lead at ANTG, Anna’s role is to develop and improve on the quality of our medicinal cannabis plant.

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    Daniel Grono
    Cultivation Bay Lead

    Daniel is a Cultivation Bay Lead at ANTG and holds a Bachelor of Agriculture from the University of New England, majoring in General Agricultural Production. His horticulture experience ranges from market garden production to bush regeneration. And with over 15 years of financial services, Daniel also brings a sound business acumen, strong process and people management, and risk management to the ANTG team.

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    Kim Kneebone
    Cultivation Bay Lead

    Kim brings to her role at ANTG, a lifelong passion for plant cultivation. Kim holds a Bachelor of Horticulture from the University of Melbourne and holds a strong background in horticulture, varying between hands on grafting, growing, propagating as well as managerial, where she worked for a major plant labelling company, managing the horticultural department. As Cultivation Bay Lead at ANTG, Kim works to develop and improve on the quality of our medicinal cannabis plant.

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    Patrycja Szymczak
    Post Harvest Quality Manager

    Patrycja holds a MSc Degree in Analytical Chemistry and has over 10 years of experience in veterinary, pesticide, food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. For the last 7 years Patrycja has been working within legislative requirements of GMP and clean room environments. As the Post Harvest Quality Manager at ANTG, Patrycja ensures the company, sites and its product meet industry standards and are of the highest quality.

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    Krisztina Emmerson
    Post Harvest Supervisor

    Krisztina holds a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering, specialising in measuring techniques and equipment. She has over 25 years’ experience in quality control across a wide range of industries – from medicinal herbs to explosives. With extensive project and operations management experience, Krisztina has also worked in aquafeed, pet food and has led disciplines in environmental research. At ANTG, Krisztina supervises and oversees the company’s post-harvest operations.

     

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    OUR PARTNERS

    Global Cannabis Partnership

    A collaboration of leaders in the government-sanctioned cannabis industry. With representation from government, private-sector and affiliate organizations, the Partnership promotes the safe and responsible production, distribution and consumption of legal cannabis.

    PharmOut

    A pharmaceutical consulting company offering leading GMP compliance, validation, regulatory, engineering and architectural consulting services solutions to the pharmaceutical and life science industries.

    Trellis

    Seed-to-sale management software that provides tools and analytics to optimize operations.

    Medical Cannabis Council

    Australia’s peak national industry association representing cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, ancillary organisations, education and advocacy groups, researchers and more.

    Global Cannabis Partnership Working with Pharmout Working with Trellis Working with the Medical Cannabis Council
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    OUR APPROARCH

    DRIVEN BY EXCELLENCE. DEFINED BY QUALITY.

    From tiny seeds to refined medicines, ANTG is committed to quality control at every step of the cultivation, extraction and production process. Our Australian facilities use world-leading processes to ensure optimal quality and medicinal benefit. This includes chemical-free CO2 extraction, high-performance liquid and gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, cutting-edge distillation tools and complete traceability through the end-to-end production process.

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    Cultivation
    At our state-of-the-art growing facility we cultivate primarily under the natural sun, supplementing with Gavita lighting. We grow in coco coir, an all-natural, renewable medium which allows for greater root access to nutrients and air leading to healthier more productive plants. We focus on quality and sustainability and operate a pesticide free environment.
    Extraction
    We operate a residue-free extraction process performed with Waters super critical carbon dioxide extraction equipment. In-house sampling, combined with third party screening by Australian Cannabis Laboratories, ensure our products are consistently of high-quality and hygiene. We use microbial and mycotoxin screening, cannabinoid profiling and quantification of cannabinoids using GC and HPLC.
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    One of ANTG’s proprietary medicinal cannabis strains, EVE Cannabis Indica, has been listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). The ARTG is a reference of therapeutic goods that can lawfully be supplied in or exported from Australia.

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    In conjunction with the HMRI and lead biomedical scientist Dr Matt Dun, we’re investigating the anticancer properties of our plant varieties. Dr Matt Dun shares his initial thoughts on the joint research project.

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    What’s most important in business – purpose or profit? At ANTG we get to achieve both.

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    We’re pleased to announce we have successfully passed the TGO93 and TGO100 mandatory tests for our first commercial export crop.

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    ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

    We ensure that all of our processes are environmentally friendly, and have procedures to ensure compliance with our carbon footprint policy. Our facilities are equipped with green water systems and specialised waste treatment procedures. At ANTG, we assume responsibility for the community at large and not just our customers. We only use ethically responsible products – no compromise.