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Sostanza is the trusted advisor to some of the world’s top cannabis producers. Our focus is on the cultivation and processing of cannabis at scale. Led by horticultural professionals with vast experience in the cannabis industry, Sostanza adds value to the design and operation of cannabis production facilities and farms. Our team has built and operated world-class facilities, established skilled teams, developed efficient processes, pioneered cannabis horticultural research, achieved some of the highest yields in the industry, and won several awards recognizing product quality.



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Facility and Cultivation System Design

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Cultivation and Operations


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Philipp Matzneller, PhD

Co-founder and senior consultant

Philipp draws on extensive experience in commercial plant production and uses an evidence-based approach to improve production yield and quality. Philipp was the Senior Scientist of cultivation at MedReleaf and Director of Applied Cultivation Aurora Cannabis.

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Juan Gutierrez

Co-founder and senior consultant 


Juan has a deep knowledge and expertise in commercial plant production, facility operation, and team management. Juan was the Director of Cultivation at MedReleaf in Ontario and led international production improvement programs for Aurora Cannabis

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Deron Caplan, PhD

Senior consultant


Deron is a well-respected scientist and operator in the cannabis space. Deron earned North America's first Ph.D. with research focused on indoor cannabis production and led operations at Hawthorne's Kelowna Research Station - the world's first facility dedicated to advancing cannabis cultivation techniques and systems.



We’ve been incredibly pleased with Sostanza. Their team is knowledgeable, professional, reliable, and an absolute pleasure to work with. They helped us optimize our greenhouse environment, improve our IPM strategy and roll out a custom fertilization program, among other things. Their team has supported our indoor facility and greenhouse space equally, using a holistic approach and bringing fresh ideas to the table even beyond cultivation and operations. 

Sheila Crandall, Cultivation Manager Greenhouse, FIGR

Katie Booth, Cultivation Manager Indoor, FIGR

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