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Gobi Labs was founded by two devout chemists and a belief that sound scientific analysis is the surest route to advancement. It’s not just their love of science that has attracted them to testing; it’s their passion for cannabis. They worked diligently to master the state’s regulations and develop the leading potency testing facility in Colorado. After creating their strong foundation, they became the first laboratory to be certified for microbial testing and residual solvent analysis.
And they didn’t stop there.
Since Gobi Labs opened our doors on May 1, 2014, we have been rapidly growing, developing new methodology, and setting and resetting standards. The Gobi team now collectively holds over 30 years of analytical testing experience. We work around the clock to bring you the most reliable results in the fastest time possible, all to make your success a reality.
The brains behind the operation
Get to know the leadership of Gobi Labs
Peter Perrone & Burenjargal (Bugi) Perrone
Owners of Gobi Labs
Before they founded Gobi Labs, Peter Perrone and Bugi Perrone had spent the majority of their careers unknowingly preparing for their involvement in the marijuana industry.
Peter has always been an herbal chemist through and through. As an undergraduate, he spent a year traveling through Africa and living with indigenous peoples in an attempt to find new natural medicines he could bring back to the United States for further testing. The more Peter learned about natural remedies, the greater his passion for them became. In fact, Peter completed his Master’s thesis on a German medicine that’s derived from a tree seed. He then proceeded to spend over 20 years honing his chemical analysis abilities in various laboratory settings.
Meanwhile, Bugi was becoming a chemist with an affinity for quality assurance. She landed a job with the Mongolian Institute for Standard and Metrology at a time when Mongolia was working closely with the EU to implement quality assurance standards in Mongolian testing laboratories. Bugi’s QA work has taken her from Mongolia to Turkey and Korea and finally landed her in the United States.
When Peter and Bugi met in the graduate program for chemistry at the University of Colorado Denver, the compatibility of their respective strengths quickly became apparent. On January 1, 2014—the day recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado—Peter and Bugi decided that cannabis testing was the perfect place to put those strengths to good use.
They founded Gobi Labs, and in short order the company became one of the first three laboratories to be certified for marijuana testing in the State. Peter and Bugi have loved seeing the quality of the flower available in Colorado increase drastically. And they’ve loved being able to encourage clients to focus on more than just the THCA content of their plants. They both believe that this is simply their first step in a long career in cannabis research.
With Peter applying his skillset to develop the laboratory’s methods and validate its instruments, and Bugi leveraging her experience to manage quality assurance, it’s no wonder that Gobi Labs has quickly become the trusted source for trustworthy cannabis testing.
Compliance Manager/Supervisory Analyst
Julia Bramante’s educational background shows that she is naturally inquisitive. While at the University of Denver, she majored in chemistry and minored in biology, Chinese, math and studio arts. Julia’s interest in the development of new medicines is what led her to complete her thesis on new vaccine applications for tuberculosis. After contributing to HIV research on the Anschutz Medical campus, it was the breadth of medical breakthroughs she saw in cannabis research that drew Julia to Gobi Labs. In the summer of 2014, she accepted a position as Gobi’s Supervisory Analyst, and she’s been captivated by the growth of the culture and economy cannabis has sparked ever since.
Julia’s favorite strain is Super Lemon Haze because of its powerful and unique terpene profile. And as someone who’s conducted thousands of qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses on cannabis samples at Gobi Labs, she knows a thing or two about unique terpene profiles.
James Kim is a chemist with a remarkably diverse background. After graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in chemistry, he started his career in nutraceuticals. He then transitioned to a biotech company where he primarily focused on infusing omega-3 fatty acids into foods. After that he worked as a chemist in the oil and gas industry. And with nearly 10 years of analytical chemistry experience under his belt, he accepted a position as the Laboratory Manager for Gobi Labs in September 2014. James loves the fast pace and collaborative spirit of the cannabis industry. And he’s especially excited to be working toward setting the standards for cannabis testing requirements.
James’ favorite strain is Blue Dream because of its distinctive fragrance. And as someone who provides technical direction within Gobi’s laboratory and ensures that everything runs smoothly, James carries quite a bit of distinction himself.
Michelle Tumeehuu grew up in Mongolia, but she and Bugi Perrone were never acquainted until they each moved to Denver, Colorado and happened to find themselves at the same birthday party. With her Master’s of Science in human resources, Michelle had spent her career as a corporate laboratory recruiter when she became Gobi Lab’s first employee in June of 2014. She’s passionate about the therapeutic and pain relieving potential cannabis holds and personally has friends and family who are using cannabis medicinally. Michelle finds the impact the cannabis industry has had on Colorado’s economy to be remarkable and is excited to be involved in the budding industry.
Michelle’s favorite strain is Purple Kush because of its vibrant color and exceptional smell. And since Michelle has been responsible for bringing some of the best chemists in the state to Gobi Labs, it’s fair to say that she’s got a talent for spotting exceptional attributes.