Scott Cathcart

Entrepreneur | Impact Investor | Triathlete


Scott Cathcart is a seasoned startup entrepreneur, investor and C-suite executive currently focusing in the pharmaceuticals, consumer products and botanical medicine industries. As a co-founder and business leader of multinational operations, Scott has extensive global business development, corporate development, finance, licensing, advertising, marketing, sales, technology, and multinational new product launch experience spanning 30+ years. Scott is also a father, a 26-time (consecutive) finisher of the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon (currently second in the world), an Ironman triathlete, a sub-3-hour marathoner, and an alumnus of the University of Virginia and the National Outdoor Leadership School. 


From working for Fortune 500 companies in New York to founding startups in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Canada and Jamaica, Scott’s passion to innovate has parachuted him into a wide range of professional adventures. Scott founded a startup that pioneered revolutionary accelerated construction technology and a global modular building supply chain with Maersk, leading him to travel to Baghdad with the U.S. Undersecretary of Defense to present accelerated reconstruction and supply chain alternatives to the Iraqi government. He entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Air Force, for the development of blast-resistant modular buildings and overhead protection systems. Scott advised both the Minister of Justice of Jamaica and the National Director of the Comisión Federal para la Protección contra Riesgos Sanitarios (COFEPRIS – the Mexican health regulator) on global best practices for medical cannabis testing, in Jamaica and Mexico respectively. And for a large global ad agency, Scott led the new products team that determined the strategic platform and technology Gillette should utilize as a replacement for the Sensor franchise, leading to the most successful razor launch in history, the Gillette Mach3.


Scott Cathcart believes that, in the next 5-10 years, pharmaceutical cannabis – specifically pharmaceutical cannabinoid-based medicines – will become an increasingly significant contributor to major improvements in global health. Ultimately, the cannabis plant is essentially a delivery system for active molecules, of which it can produce more than 140 unique active ingredient compounds. The global pharmaceutical industry has been combining, creating and manipulating molecules for more than a century, and Scott believes that pharmaceutical cannabis is the future of large volume, stabilized, multinational, medical cannabis production.

Scott Cathcart is the Co-Founder & CEO of the Pure Jamaican Group of Companies, including Seven-10 Pharmaceuticals, a GMP-certified licensed pharmaceutical manufacturer based in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Scott previously pioneered the first US multi-state and international IP licensing deals in the cannabis industry as the architect of the global expansion program for the first non-Federal cannabis testing company in the United States. For this initiative he has brought together a seasoned executive team with experience at McKinsey, cannabis science, pharmacy and big pharma. And along the way he has also partnered with Rastafarian and Maroon leaders in Jamaica to start two charitable foundations for the benefit of poor rural communities.


While working as a senior advertising executive at ad agencies Ogilvy & Mather, BBDO, and J. Walter Thompson, Scott ran accounts, drove marketing strategy and developed advertising for major global consumer brands including Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Gillette, and Morgan Stanley. At BBDO, he led the development of the North Atlantic strategic marketing platform for the Mach3 razor and he oversaw the multilingual advertising campaign and launch of the Gillette SensorExcel in the United States, Canada, and 17 European markets.


For Ubisoft, one of the top 3 video game publishers globally, Scott designed the video game launch process across 14 marketing disciplines in North America, Central America, and South America for the company’s blockbuster AAA videogame titles, and he was the lead advisor for the restructuring of the company’s internal advertising agency in San Francisco.

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