About Us

Tikun Olam, meaning “Repair the World” in Hebrew, is the world’s first organization licensed to produce medical cannabis. Over the past 16 years, we’ve worked to cultivate heirloom cannabis strains providing symptomatic relief to over 30,000 patients.

Our Mission

Tikun Olam fulfills its mission to “Repair the World” by delivering quality cannabis products shown to be efficacious in treating a variety of ailments and improving well-being.

Origin Story

Tikun Olam became the world’s first organization licensed by a national government to treat patients with medical cannabis. Since 2009, Tikun Olam has curated and produced specific cannabis-based therapies, evaluated individual patient conditions, recorded treatment outcomes, conducted with leading Israeli medical institutions safety and efficacy trials on the medicines derived from its unique strains, and published and presented over twenty peer-reviewed white papers. Extending Tikun Olam’s mission to the United States, its American affiliate leverages this extensive track record of learning and practical experience, offering consistently high-quality products targeting symptomatic relief.

 

Our patients speak for themselves, Dr. Jenna - UCLA discusses her experience with Crohn's and the benefit she's found since being introduced to Tikun's medical cannabis strain, Erez.

Our Team
Bernard Sucher

Chief Executive Officer

Bernie is an active investor in a number of start-ups, including Detroit's Loveland Technolgies and Detroit Bikes. He has served on numerous boards of both listed and unlisted companies as well as many non profits.His career in finance began in 1984 and included roles in Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America with postings in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Moscow. Following the fall of the Soviet Union, Bernie co-founded the influential investment bank Troika Dialog.

Stephen Gardner

President

Prior to joining Tikun Olam, Mr. Gardner and his partners built one of Russia’s most successful telecommunications enterprises, PLD Inc. Through growth and mergers and acquisitions, as a Vice President of Sales and Marketing Metromedia International holding company, Mr. Gardner was responsible for branding, marketing and sales of 39 communications and media companies across 14 countries. He earned a degree in business from the University of Southern California and completed the Accelerated M.B.A. Program at the London Business School.

Tom Grebenstein

Chief Revenue Officer

A graduate of American University, Mr. Grebenstein has worked in various healthcare fields. From Mass Immunization and Pandemic Response to Employee Wellness and Medical Devices, Tom's career has been driven by a passion for healing and protecting those most in need.

Esa Oittinen

Head Of Research & Development

Esa got his start working with hemp directly out of College at Charlottes Web, first in manufacturing and then in quality control and analytical testing. After taking an opportunity at Cannasafe, the first ISO accredited cannabis testing lab in California, Esa was responsible for data analytics. Esa has earned two scientific bachelor degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Maria Andreu

Vice President of Finance

Maria comes to Tikun with a vast level of experience in Finance, Operations, HR and Legal she brings a different view and her own assets to this unique and growing company. Having started her career in International Banking, she then took a leap of faith and spent 20 years in the corporate environment of HP. She then focused on helping new and medium-sized companies grow and excel.

Stephen Konigsberg

Legal/Management Affairs

From 1998 to 2012, Mr. Konigsberg worked with Renaissance Capital Group (a global emerging markets financial services group) in various senior management positions. From 2012 to 2017, he advised a range of businesses, including family offices and real estate firms. From 1994 - 1998, Mr. Konigsberg was an associate with Fischbein Badillo Wagner Harding, a major New York law firm. Mr. Konigsberg graduated with a BA from the University of Vermont (1988), and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (1994) and is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar.

Oliver Kruze

Vice President of Strategy & Finance

Oliver Kruze joined Tikun Olam after beginning his career in management consulting, supporting organic and inorganic growth strategies for Fortune500 companies across multiple industry verticals. Oliver is passionate about leveraging the booming cannabis economy for socially equitable value creation and discovering alternative medical therapies. Oliver is a graduate of Dickinson College, a current Venture for America Fellow, and an avid fisherman.

Sabrina Soto Sugar

Marketing Manager

Sabrina graduated from Emory University with degrees in Human Health and Linguistics and is passionate about health education. A Venture for America Fellow, Sabrina joined Tikun in the Fall of 2020 and is focused on making medical cannabis knowledge accessible.

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