Our affiliates have undergone full training in our CO2 extraction systems. They’ve taken a deep dive into the technical requirements and specifications of each system, and understand what’s involved in operating one. Some affiliates offer consulting services with lab build out and set up, while others offer training on equipment (not just ours!), or advice on CO2 extraction. Read about each one below!

Please note: the affiliation with Apeks does not mean endorsement!

Dr. James E. Parco

Co-founder, Mesa Organics & Purplebee’s; Professor, Colorado College

Jim Parco, Ph.D., is a professor of economics and business at Colorado College ( As a retired military officer, he previously taught at the US Air Force Academy, served on the National Security Council at the White House and later, with the American Embassy in Tel Aviv. Along with his wife, he is also a co-founder and co-owner of Mesa Organics (, a licensed retail cannabis operation with three retail stores and a CO2 manufacturing operation in Pueblo Colorado that operates as Purplebee’s ( In 2019, it was announced that Mesa Organics will be acquired by Medicine Man Technologies (OTCQX: MDCL) along with Los Suenos Farms, the largest licensed retail cultivation in North America.

Joel Hatfield

Process Advisor

Joel worked at Apeks Supercritical for many years, working his way from the machining department, through quality control, before moving into the Research & Development department. He was the Apeks expert, teaching our quarterly winterization class for customers, as well as teaching classes with the Cleveland School of Cannabis. Joel is now an independent consultant, who helps customers set up their extraction lab, using real world experience!

Marie Grinstead, Ph.D.

Founder and Owner: Botanical Processing, LLC

Marie founded Botanical Processing in 2015, a CO2 extraction laboratory located in Louisville, KY. Botanical Processing is licensed to extract cannabinoids from hemp by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Marie earned her B.S. and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville and completed her doctorate degree in December 2017. Her main focus is developing and utilizing optimal extraction methods as part of producing safe and effective natural products. She also has the desire to aid and assist other startup companies get on the right path to developing safe products. Her current research assesses the various product types that can be developed from CO2 fractions. Marie released her own line of CBD products, called Kōkua, and her lab also makes and distributes various types of hemp-derived products across the country.

Salem Scientific

Salem Scientific

SALEM Scientific is the industry leader in cannabis extraction technology, turn-key automated process equipment, compliance, installation, site planning, and training.  As a pioneer in this field, our team helps cannabis and hemp businesses stay ahead of the competitive market conditions with world renowned quality equipment and installation.

Brian Staffa

Chief Operator, BSC Group

Brian Staffa is the Chief Operator of BSC Group (, and has consulted with cannabis operations in 24 US states, Canada, and abroad. After extensively studying over 100 different operations and detecting patterns of various types of inefficiencies, Brian focuses on improving, expanding, and automating both new and existing cultivation and processing operations. Brian is an invaluable resource for facility design, system automation, and application preparation for both medical and adult-use licensing.

Mark Webb

International Affiliate

Mark Webb holds a BSc Degree in Biochemistry and Plant Physiology and Biology from Macquarie University with additional studies in aromatic & botanical medicine.

With over 25 years’ experience, he consults to the aromatherapy, essential oil and CO2 industries, providing expertise in crop development, extraction and sourcing. He is also a formulations chemist who specialises in development of unique and innovative new products across the cosmetic, personal care, food/ beverage and pharmaceutical/nutraceutical markets. Mark is a member of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (ASCC).

Mark is the author of the reference book, Bush Sense: Australian Essential Oils and Aromatic Compounds (

Mark is Apeks Supercritical’s international expert on CO2 extraction, on many different types of botanicals. He provides training and continuing education to those working within various branches of complementary medicine, including doctors, nurses, clinical aromatherapists, medical herbalists and naturopaths. He has written numerous journal and trade articles upon essential oils and lectured at conferences in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada. He also runs training classes in Aromatic Medicine, GMP product development and formulating, CO2 extracts and Aromatic Cuisine.

With over a decade of teaching experience, Mark combines his formidable knowledge with a direct, warm and humorous uniquely Aussie teaching style. His ability to simplify these complex subject area has helped hundreds of professionals develop a deeper understanding of, and more versatile approach to, aromatic (terpene) chemistry, pharmacology & therapeutic formulating  of aromatic and herbal extracts.

Rain Coleman


Arsenal Oils and Extracts is a fully licensed producer of marijuana concentrates in Aurora, Colorado. Using our industry experience as an extremely small startup, but growing to handle exclusive clients and large-scale projects, we have the experience to help design, build and, manage any project, anywhere. With a strong focus on safety, compliance, and efficiency, Rain Coleman and his team strive to give their clients honest and realistic expectations, no matter what stage of development they are in.

Air Force veteran and former High School teacher Rain Coleman has a degree in English Education. Using this background, Rain works hard to provide solid training in production and final product development to all his clients. Arsenal Oils and Extracts have the ability to work with a wide scale of clients, from pro to novice, and, with a boots-on-the-ground approach, we strive to always be dependable and versatile, in order to meet your challenges.