Orion Lekos
Botanical Extraction R&D Manager

Orion has led Research and Development programs in the bio-based medicine and bio-based chemicals sectors for over a decade. He is the founder of several companies in the natural products space and loves to continually innovate and solve complex problems. 

Whole Energy Fuels Corp.
Whole Energy is a biofuels and biochemical engineering and marketing company with offices from British Columbia to Los Angeles CA. In 2004, Orion co-founded the corporation and led the research and engineering portion of the company helping to grow it into the largest distributor of biofuels and biochemicals on the west coast. He took several projects from a R&D scale to an operating refinery scale utilizing grant and business operating capital to fund the projects.   

Wild Root Botanicals
Orion and his wife founded Wildroot Botanicals in 2002. Wildroot extracts terpenes and medicinal phytochemicals from a wide variety of plants and provides education on processing methods and uses for traditional medicinal plants through apprenticeship programs and workshops.   

Western Washington University: BS, Environmental Science
Western Washington University: MS, Environmental Chemistry
University of Washington: PhD, Bioengineering