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Lisa Nguyen

Lisa is an Australian-trained pharmacist, and founder and CEO of Astrid. Lisa gained extensive experience early on in the medicinal cannabis industry as a clinical pharmacist and medical science liaison.

As an early adopter, her journey in the corporate pharmaceutical cannabis space commenced shortly after legalisation. Lisa worked with early prescribing doctors to navigate the complex regulatory prescribing process in various therapeutic areas.

In 2020, she left the corporate world and founded Astrid, Australia’s first boutique, female-led dispensary specialising in medicinal cannabis. Lisa’s vision for Astrid has always been people and patient focused, with the intent to remove the stigma associated with cannabis.

Subverting clinical and cold perceptions of the traditional pharmacy model, Astrid is illustrative of the wider conversation that is needed in destigmatising the medicine.

Since then, Astrid has transformed and grown into Australia’s leading and multi-award winning dispensary, taking numerous awards including Cannabiz Dispensary of the Year and Company of the Year in 2023, the Melbourne Design Awards in 2021, being named Top 20 Australian Retailer of the Year in 2022 as well as making the shortlist in that year’s Idea Awards.

As a visionary, Lisa believes in leading and innovating with empathy. This is seen in every touch point of the Astrid brand - its reputation for patient care, compassion, and empathy are unparalleled.

As such, in 2023, she received the CommBank Young Hero award, recognising her as Rising Star of the Year for her innovative and transformative work with Astrid.

Lisa was also recognised by the Australian Journal of Pharmacy as one of Australia’s Top 20 Pharmacists, and Most Trailblazing Pharmacist. Since then, Astrid has been recognised by numerous mainstream media including Forbes Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald and LadBible.

Outside of Astrid, Lisa is passionate about cannabinoid education and research. She has worked with global and local organisations to help create educational content for pharmacists, including the Pharmacy Guild, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the Australian Journal for Pharmacists, and The Lambert Institute and Sydney University.

Astrid Dispensary and Clinic is now located in South Yarra, Victoria and Byron Bay, NSW with a new dispensary location set to launch in 2024.

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