About us

Our Mission to Create a Safer Tomorrow

Our Story

2016 A GOAL

Reduce Opioid Diversion

Our story began with a simple goal. Develop a drug disposal technology that, when used properly, could eliminate unintended access to leftover prescription opioids in the home.

2018 THE SHIFT

An Expanded Vision for the Future

In-depth research of the drug wastage life-cycle proved that fast, affordable, onsite destruction could also reduce registrants' exposure to drug related risks of non-compliance and environmental contamination.

2020 OUR PATENT

Patenting a Proven Technology

Five years of development and testing yielded SafeMedWaste, the industry's first patented, onsite destruction solution for controlled substance wastage.

TODAY

A New Standard for Destruction of Controlled Substance Wastage

SafeMedWaste is a proprietary and patented chemical digestion technology that lets registrants manage controlled substance wastage with the confidence only destruction can provide.

The Journey

A Commitment to the Future

As a member of the Pharmaceutical Waste Management Industry, Okra Medical is keenly aware of the daily challenges registrants face when handling, storing, and disposing of controlled substance wastage. We believe those challenges present an opportunity, and a responsibility, for disposal product manufacturers to innovate simpler, safer, and more cost-effective disposal solutions that can keep pace with the needs of industry.

Our Leadership

Justin Stas

Chief Executive Officer / President

Justin is a visionary leader with a passion to inspire and drive transformational innovation that can collectively benefit humanity, the environment, and business.

Sherri Barnes

Chief Operations Officer / VP

Over the course of her 35 year career, Sherri has been a key contributor to the successful launch of four startup companies and has led major strategic product and business ...

Edward Hartmann

Chief Finance Officer

Ed Hartmann brings more than 30 years of experience in financial management, leadership and consulting to the Okra Medical team. Ed previously served as V. P. ...

Dr. John Stas

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. John Stas is a retired Army Officer that has decades of acute pain management experience. He has led anesthesia departments to reduce opioid consumption ...

Mark Harvill

Advisory Board

Mark has held leadership positions in global contract research organizations (CROs) for the past 23 years. Throughout Mark’s CRO career, his teams have developed ...

Andrew Kolbert

Advisory Board

Andrew has 20 years of experience executing and managing analytical and product development programs, both internally and in external organizations ...

In Memory of

Marshall Collier Hartmann, Jr

1965 to 2021

CEO, President, and Co-Founder
Okra Medical, Incorporated

A leader, mentor, colleague, and friend who will forever remain in our hearts.

Our Quality Standard

Okra Medical is committed to continual improvement of a quality management system that supports development and execution of effective, reliable drug wastage disposal solutions that meet or exceed the requirements of our customers, related regulatory bodies, and the ISO9001:2015 standard.