Marc Donsky’s passionate interest in Ethnobotany and the healing properties of plants drives him and directs his science. This passion for understanding plants and their potential led to his extensive studies of Natural Product Chemistry and Biochemistry. Dr. Donsky’s affection and respect for Ethnobotany have taken him on numerous plant collecting expeditions around the world. These expeditions include Mexico, Peru, Cuba, Taiwan, and China-Tibet. Dr. Donsky helped design both the Denver and the Vancouver production and research facilities.
Marc Donsky directed: Organic Synthesis of CBG: Cannabinoid and Terpene formulation development: Analysis of Cannabis and Cannabis derived samples: Solvent based and Supercritical CO2 extraction of Medical Marijuana and Hemp: and Plant Tissue Culture Research. His work at ICBR resulted in several patents. These include: Terpene and Cannabinoid Formulations (WO201506852A3); and Biosynthesis of Cannabinoids (WO20114134281A1). Returning to Colorado he continues creating, producing and selling his unique cannabinoid formulations as well as consulting for the Cannabis industry.
He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School. After H.S. he traveled throughout Arizona, Texas and Northern Mexico doing research for a book about Medicinal Plants of the Southwest Deserts. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona at Tucson. He received a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Chemistry from the U.of A. He minored in Math, Physics, Spanish, and Meso-American Archeology. His undergraduate research, under the direction of Prof. Victor Hruby involved amino acid and peptide synthesis. After graduation, Marc worked for VEGA biochemicals; synthesizing amino acids and peptides. Dr. Donsky taught General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry lectures and labs for the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) from 2000-2010. During that time he did research with medicinal mushrooms and the use of mushrooms for environmental remediation (Mycoremediation). During his tenure at UCD he designed the Biochemistry Research Lab, The Biochemistry Teaching Lab, and the NMR facility for the New Science Building on the Auraria Campus. He has also taught at Colorado Mountain College, Front Range Community College, and Metro State College.