Our Founder


Mark Palumbo - Chief Executive Officer 

Following studies at the University of Rhode Island, Mark Palumbo worked in the aerospace industry for three years starting in 1980. To better utilize his Biology degree Mark joined DuPont Pharmaceuticals in 1983. In 1990 Mark pursued his interest in the Cosmetic and Personal Care industries. He worked at US Cosmetics selling cosmetic ingredients to US formulators and manufacturers and then, 5 years later, he moved to Collaborative Laboratories where he directed the company's global sales initiative. Utilizing his industry knowledge and experience Mark formed his own company, DIOW Products (Doing it our Way), in 1999. Working collaboratively with clients the company developed, manufactured, and supplied raw materials for personal care, cosmetics and nutritional products. DIOW was sold in 2008 and using the retained assets, EME Ltd. was formed that same year. Through Mark's leadership EME Ltd. has worked independently and collaboratively to develop new products and to enhance the bioavailability and ease-of-use of existing products. EME Ltd. currently includes a cell biology laboratory and two botanically based personal care, cosmetic, food and nutritional agencies. Relying upon his industry knowledge, Mark developed Cibidinol™, which we believe is an innovative product that will revolutionize the CBD industry. 

Our Leaders

Marla Palumbo


Marla is a founding member, health care professional, and registered nurse with over 30 years of experience in the industry. She handles sales, patient advocacy, patient care and general management. Marla Palumbo has effectively developed and grown a personal care distribution company with significant year over year increases in sales. Her management and organization skills were instrumental in the early development of Xceptor Labs, leading to its CannAssist International public company status.   

Benjamin Perlstein

Vice President of Operations

Benjamin is a founding member and has been a part of the health care and business development field for over 25 years. As a surgical technologist, he has experience as a clinical application specialist and materials manager. 

Braden Traub

Director of Information Technology

Braden is an entrepreneur and business owner with 10 years of experience in the health and fitness industries. After exiting the fitness industry, Traub was responsible for the business development of a California based law practice where he gained skills in tax resolution,  legal document preparation, and IT infrastructure. 

Our Experts

Dr. Rahul Dixit, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Dixit is a doctor of gastroenterology at Providence St. John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica, California. He was part of a double fellowship with the University of Miami in Gastroenterology and Hepatology/Liver Transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has over 20 years of experience with cannabis and hemp-related products. 

Takako McGowen

Managing Director

Takako is a founding member and owner of TakaUSA. She brings 40 years of experience in manufacturing and consumer product research & development to the CannAssist team. 

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