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Cannabis Sciences 2019




 

For the second year in a row, LabRoots is pleased to announce the 2019 Cannabis Sciences Virtual Event. LabRoots will host the 2nd Annual event March 27-28, 2019. The Cannabis Sciences planning committee has carefully planned and selected speakers that best embody the overall challenges, opportunities, and issues in the current landscape around cannabis sciences.


The theme for this year's event is State of Cannabis: latest update on research, science, and legislation with the following tracks:
  • Cannabis Advances & Technology Updates
    • Machine Learning in Cannabis
    • Plant Genetics
    • Personalized Medicine
  • Making Cannabis Mainstream
    • Cannabis and Your Health
  • Regulatory Landscape
  • Extraction, Purification and Cultivation
  • Analytical Testing
    • Methods and Technologies for Cannabis Labs
    • Data Management


Don't miss the opportunity to participate in this groundbreaking conference, which is absolutely free to all participants. Enjoy our Leaderboard, where you can move around the entire event, earning points for a chance to win one of LabRoots most popular t-shirts.

Call for Posters — Virtual poster sessions offer the opportunity to present data to a global audience via a PDF poster and video summary, and discuss results with interested colleagues through email. Plan now to have your poster included in the 2019 Cannabis Sciences Virtual Event. Submission is free. Submit your abstract here.

Continuing Education
LabRoots is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. By attending this event, you can earn 1 Continuing Education credit per presentation for a maximum of 32 credits.

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Speakers

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Agenda
  • MAR 27, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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    Automating Cannabis Testing with LIMS and Laboratory Automation
    Speaker: Christine Paszko, PhD, MT (ASCP)
  • MAR 27, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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    Cannabis Research: The Short Road Traveled and the Long Road Ahead
  • MAR 27, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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    Cannabis as an Anticancer Treatment: The Scientific and Human Evidence
    Speaker: Justin Kander
  • MAR 27, 2019 07:30 AM PDT
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    Keynote Presentation: Cannabis for Heath Promotion and Disease Prevention
    Speaker: Dustin Sulak, DO
  • MAR 27, 2019 09:00 AM PDT
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    Keynote Presentation: Considering Cannabis as a Traditional Crop
  • MAR 27, 2019 10:30 AM PDT
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    From Prohibition to Paradigm: Challenges in Cannabis Pest Management and The Opportunities They Present
  • MAR 27, 2019 10:30 AM PDT
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    The Future of the Cannabis Supply Chain
    Speaker: Benjamin Chiarelli
  • MAR 27, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
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    Controlling Terpenes and Cannabinoids in Flower and Extract
    Speaker: Markus Roggen, PhD
  • MAR 27, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
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    Opportunities and Challenges for Applying Machine Learning in the Cannabis Space
  • MAR 27, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
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    Use of Gas Chromatography for the Analysis of Cannabinoids and Terpenes
    Speaker: Allegra Leghissa, PhD
  • MAR 27, 2019 01:30 PM PDT
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    Exploring AuditProHBX, A Regulatory Compliance Tool to Save Money, Time and Liability
    Speaker: Ezra Pryor
  • MAR 27, 2019 01:30 PM PDT
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    Sensible Cannabis Education Rather Then False Scare Tactics
    Speaker: Rylie Maedler
  • MAR 27, 2019 01:30 PM PDT
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    The Role of LIMS in Achieving ISO 17025 Compliance in Cannabis Testing Laboratories
    Speaker: Arun Apte
  • MAR 27, 2019 03:00 PM PDT
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    Cannabis-Based Therapeutics: Indication, Formulation, and Route of Administration
  • MAR 28, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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    Challenges of Cannabis Testing in the US and Abroad
    Speaker: Deborah Miran
  • MAR 28, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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    GemmaCert, a NIR Spectroscopy-Based Solution as a Non-Destructive mMthod for Rapid, Accurate and Affordable Method for Cannabis Potency Analysis
    Speaker: Roni Attali, PhD
  • MAR 28, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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    Optimization Study of Supercritical Fluid Extraction of Cannabinoids from Cannabis Sativa
    Speaker: Eric Kawka
  • MAR 28, 2019 07:30 AM PDT
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    Keynote Presentation: Cannabis for Mental Health: What Consumers Need to Know
    Speaker: Jan Roberts, LCSW
  • MAR 28, 2019 09:00 AM PDT
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    Analysis of Cannabis for Pesticides and Mycotoxins Using UPLC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS
    Speaker: Marian Twohig, PhD
  • MAR 28, 2019 09:00 AM PDT
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    Cannabis and the Autistic Spectrum
    Speaker: Patricia Frye, MD
  • MAR 28, 2019 10:30 AM PDT
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    Navigating The Road to Getting Your Cannabis Laboratory ISO 17025 Certified
  • MAR 28, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
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    Cannabis is Personal! Learn How Your Genetics Play a Big Roll
    Speaker: Len May
  • MAR 28, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
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    Considerations for Scaling Evaporation Processes Following Cannabis Extraction at the Industrial Scale
    Speaker: Evan Moser
  • MAR 28, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
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    The Intersection of Nutrition, Microbiome and Medical Cannabis
    Speaker: Debra Kimless, MD
  • MAR 28, 2019 01:30 PM PDT
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    How Multiplexed Microarray Technology is Revolutionizing Microbial Testing in Cannabis
  • MAR 28, 2019 01:30 PM PDT
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    Using Cannabis: What You Need to Know to Get Started Safely
  • Analytical Testing
  • MAR 27, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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    Automating Cannabis Testing with LIMS and Laboratory Automation
    Speaker: Christine Paszko, PhD, MT (ASCP)
  • MAR 27, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
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    Use of Gas Chromatography for the Analysis of Cannabinoids and Terpenes
    Speaker: Allegra Leghissa, PhD
  • MAR 27, 2019 01:30 PM PDT
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    The Role of LIMS in Achieving ISO 17025 Compliance in Cannabis Testing Laboratories
    Speaker: Arun Apte
  • MAR 28, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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    GemmaCert, a NIR Spectroscopy-Based Solution as a Non-Destructive mMthod for Rapid, Accurate and Affordable Method for Cannabis Potency Analysis
    Speaker: Roni Attali, PhD
  • MAR 28, 2019 09:00 AM PDT
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    Analysis of Cannabis for Pesticides and Mycotoxins Using UPLC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS
    Speaker: Marian Twohig, PhD
  • MAR 28, 2019 10:30 AM PDT
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    Navigating The Road to Getting Your Cannabis Laboratory ISO 17025 Certified
  • MAR 28, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
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    Considerations for Scaling Evaporation Processes Following Cannabis Extraction at the Industrial Scale
    Speaker: Evan Moser
  • MAR 28, 2019 01:30 PM PDT
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    How Multiplexed Microarray Technology is Revolutionizing Microbial Testing in Cannabis
  • Making Cannabis Mainstream
  • MAR 27, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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    Cannabis as an Anticancer Treatment: The Scientific and Human Evidence
    Speaker: Justin Kander
  • MAR 27, 2019 07:30 AM PDT
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    Keynote Presentation: Cannabis for Heath Promotion and Disease Prevention
    Speaker: Dustin Sulak, DO
  • MAR 28, 2019 07:30 AM PDT
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    Keynote Presentation: Cannabis for Mental Health: What Consumers Need to Know
    Speaker: Jan Roberts, LCSW
  • MAR 28, 2019 09:00 AM PDT
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    Cannabis and the Autistic Spectrum
    Speaker: Patricia Frye, MD
  • MAR 28, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
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    The Intersection of Nutrition, Microbiome and Medical Cannabis
    Speaker: Debra Kimless, MD
  • MAR 28, 2019 01:30 PM PDT
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    Using Cannabis: What You Need to Know to Get Started Safely
  • Cannabis Advances & Technology Updates
  • MAR 27, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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    Cannabis Research: The Short Road Traveled and the Long Road Ahead
  • MAR 27, 2019 09:00 AM PDT
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    Keynote Presentation: Considering Cannabis as a Traditional Crop
  • MAR 27, 2019 10:30 AM PDT
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    The Future of the Cannabis Supply Chain
    Speaker: Benjamin Chiarelli
  • MAR 27, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
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    Opportunities and Challenges for Applying Machine Learning in the Cannabis Space
  • MAR 27, 2019 03:00 PM PDT
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    Cannabis-Based Therapeutics: Indication, Formulation, and Route of Administration
  • MAR 28, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
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    Cannabis is Personal! Learn How Your Genetics Play a Big Roll
    Speaker: Len May
  • Extraction and Purification
  • MAR 27, 2019 10:30 AM PDT
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    From Prohibition to Paradigm: Challenges in Cannabis Pest Management and The Opportunities They Present
  • MAR 27, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
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    Controlling Terpenes and Cannabinoids in Flower and Extract
    Speaker: Markus Roggen, PhD
  • MAR 28, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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    Optimization Study of Supercritical Fluid Extraction of Cannabinoids from Cannabis Sativa
    Speaker: Eric Kawka
  • Regulatory Landscape
  • MAR 27, 2019 01:30 PM PDT
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    Exploring AuditProHBX, A Regulatory Compliance Tool to Save Money, Time and Liability
    Speaker: Ezra Pryor
  • MAR 28, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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    Challenges of Cannabis Testing in the US and Abroad
    Speaker: Deborah Miran
  • MAR 27, 2019 01:30 PM PDT
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    Sensible Cannabis Education Rather Then False Scare Tactics
    Speaker: Rylie Maedler
Speakers

  • Dustin Sulak, DO
    Founder and Medical Director, Integr8 Health and Co-founder of Healer.com
    Biography
      Dr. Dustin Sulak is an integrative osteopathic physician and medical cannabis expert. His clinical practice focuses on treating refractory conditions in adults and children. Dr. Sulak is the founder of Integr8 Health, a medical practice in Maine that follows over 8,000 patients using medical cannabis, Healer.com, a medical cannabis patient education resource. He sits on the board of directors of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, has published in the peer-reviewed literature, and lectures to healthcare providers internationally on the clinical applications of cannabis.
    • Gia Fazio, PhD
      Independent Consultant
      Biography
        Gia is currently working as an independent consultant supporting the agricultural biotechnology industry, after leaving in 2017 as the Director of Project Planning with Arcadia Biosciences managing the program portfolio of the company. Prior to that she managed the Analytical Science and Regulatory Support group for nearly 5 years, performing crop analysis and generating data for regulatory approvals through the FDA, USDA and multiple international agencies. Before that she worked as a principal scientist also at Arcadia in the Nitrogen Use Efficiency Program generating metabolic and protein fingerprints for engineered plant lines. She has also worked as a Research Technician at Rice University between undergrad and graduate school. Gia has a PhD in Biochemistry from Rice University (2007) and graduated from Indiana University (2001) with a BS in Biology, where she studied plant natural products and protein chemistry, respectively.
      • Jan Roberts, LCSW
        CEO, Director of Translational Research, International Research Center on Cannabis and Mental Health
        Biography
          Jan Roberts is a recognized leader in the field of cannabis and mental health. Ms. Roberts is a licensed clinical social worker and the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Translational Research at the International Research Center on Cannabis and Mental Health, a collaborative research institute located in New York that bridges university and community-based projects. In addition, Ms. Roberts is the founder and CEO of Partners in Health and Wellbeing, one of the largest multi-site mental health and wellness practices in the mid-Atlantic region in the United States. Ms. Roberts teaches at the NYU Silver School of Social Work, where she will be awarded her doctorate in May 2019, and at CUNY Hunter College's Silberman School of Social Work. In addition, Ms. Roberts is a governor-appointed member on the Delaware Medical Marijuana Act Advisory Committee and is the current Guest Editor for the Clinical Social Work Journal's upcoming special issue on cannabis and mental health. Ms. Roberts lives in New York and sees patients at her practice in Manhattan.
        • Arun Apte
          CEO, CloudLIMS
          Biography
            Arun Apte is a serial entrepreneur with over two decades of bioinformatics and hands on laboratory experience. He is currently responsible for galvanizing corporate financial performance, market reputation and core team performance, with a particular interest in developing new markets and forging strategic alliances with key partners. Prior to founding CloudLIMS, he found PREMIER Biosoft forging strategic partnerships with Thermo, Agilent, SCIEX and other mass spectrometry instrument companies. Arun Apte holds a B.A. in molecular and cell biology and biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been published extensively on bioinformatics.
          • Roni Attali, PhD
            VP of Research & Compliance, GemmaCert
            Biography
              A skilled R&D chemist with a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Tel Aviv University with experience from both academia and business, including as Synthetic Chemistry Team Leader at StoreDot and Head of Chemistry at Panaxia, a pioneering company in the medical cannabis industry. Today serves as the VP of Research and Compliance at GemmaCert.
            • Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD
              Research Director, The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis & Hemp, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Med
              Biography
                Dr. Marcel O. Bonn-Miller earned a BA in psychology and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont. He completed a pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System and a joint postdoctoral fellowship at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System & Stanford University School of Medicine. Widely considered one of the early and leading research pioneers in the field of cannabis and mental health, Dr. Bonn-Miller has conducted seminal work on the interrelations between cannabis and a range of health conditions, including pain, anxiety, HIV, PTSD, and sleep disorders. Dr. Bonn-Miller brings a unique and diverse perspective to cannabinoid therapeutics, having worked within medical center and academic settings for over a decade and with industry for the past 5 years. He serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, has published well over 125 peer-reviewed empirical publications on cannabis, and has received dozens of Federal and State grants to support his research.
              • Benjamin Chiarelli
                Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cellibre
                Biography
                  Ben is the founder and CEO of Cellibre, a next-generation biotechnology company that is ushering in the next great industrial revolution by treating biology as a manufacturing technology, turning cells into specialized, sustainable factories for the manufacture of globally significant products at scale. Ben formally worked with Dr. J Craig Venter and Nobel Laureate Dr. Ham Smith as the Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at Synthetic Genomics (SGI) where he was responsible for defining, evolving and implementing SGI's strategy across all of its franchises. Ben joined SGI from Millennium Health, a leading medication solutions company focused on solving the opioid epidemic, where he led the strategy and corporate development efforts. Prior to joining industry, Ben had a nine-year tenure on Wall Street, where he executed over $20 billion in transactions. Ben earned his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He is also the co-founder of Divitempus Ventures, ConvenCare and the 32/21 Foundation.
                • Kent Crowley, Pharm. D.
                  Director of Research & Product Development, Silver State Trading
                  Biography
                    Dr. Kent Crowley has over 30 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry and clinical medicine. He obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco; completed an ASHP Accredited Residency with Kaiser Permanente. He is an Advanced Fellow and Diplomat of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. At Silver State Trading, a 40,000 sq.ft. Clean Green cultivation and production facility in Sparks, NV, Dr. Crowley serves as the Director of Research and Development, overseeing the production of Trokie® products and future patents. Dr. Crowley is the founder and creator of Trokie®, a patented buccal delivery system for cannabis (U.S. Patent No.: 9,675,656 B2) and runs the California operations for Trokie California Inc. Dr. Crowley serves as the Chief Medical Officer of the Palliative Care Corp, a clinic in Huntington Beach, CA that has treated over 3000 patients incorporating cannabis in disease state treatment and symptoms management, whether as a primary treatment or complementary to traditional and/or other modalities. He has recently published on this effort in Frontiers in Neuroscience, Aug 2018. Dr. Crowley is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and on the Research Subcommittee, a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society and a member of the Integrative Think Tank for University of California Irvine, Center for the Study of Cannabis.
                  • James Eaves, PhD
                    Professor, Department of Management, Laval University
                    Biography
                      James Eaves received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis. Today, he is a management professor at Université Laval, where he is part of a research group that aims to find ways to increase the profitability of growing cannabis indoors and in greenhouses. He is a regular invited speaker at cannabis conferences across North America, writes for Canada's leading cannabis trade journal, and his award winning research has been discussed in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, Newsweek, and the CBC.
                    • Patricia Frye, MD
                      Medical Cannabis Specialist and Lecturer, Takoma Park Alternative Care
                      Biography
                        Dr. Patricia Frye is a medical cannabis specialist and consultant who evaluates adult and pediatric patients for the use of cannabis medicine in the treatment of chronic pain and other serious, debilitating conditions, like neurodegenerative diseases, autism, seizures, autoimmune, and psychiatric illnesses. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she also completed her pediatric residency, Dr. Frye continued her post-graduate training in anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She then moved to Southern California where she practiced pediatrics for Southern California Permanente Group until she retired. In 2015, Dr. Frye was asked to consider a California cannabis telemedicine position, and it was then that she first learned of the healing benefits of the cannabis plant. Since that time, Dr. Frye has managed over 5,000 patients and provides educational consultations to patients worldwide. Dr. Frye is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and professionally certified in Cannabis Science and Medicine by the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. She is a diplomat of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, a member of the Association of Cannabis Specialists and a fellow of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management. In addition to direct patient care, Dr. Frye lectures extensively on cannabis medicine for healthcare provider groups, patient groups, and cannabis education organizations. She is the author of "The Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis and Your Health", a book that covers the history, politics, and use of cannabis as medicine.
                      • Joe Grumbine
                        CEO, Willow Creek Springs Inc.
                        Biography
                          Joe Grumbine has been cultivating cannabis as well as extracting and compounding therapeutic topicals and elixirs for 30+ years. In 2007 he founded Unit d patients collective in Garden Grove and consulted and provided cannabis and cannabis infused products to more than 4000 clients. In addition he managed and consulted numerous outdoor, greenhouse and indoor cultivation projects In 1999 Joe opened Willow Creek Springs botanical garden and nursery where he ran a permaculture farm that produces a variety of healing herbs Willow Creek Springs has been a venue for many workshops, classes and horticultural therapy projects. Joe and his wife Liz have been creating therapeutic lotions, creams, and other topicals and have created a line of Cbd and The infused products that have been distributed nationwide and are currently in the beginning stages of two IRB studies. In 2009 Joe founded The Human Solution International 501c3 to educate and support victims of the drug war. Joe used the support during a six year battle with the State of California and ultimately prevailed. The Human Solution has organized grass roots support for cannabis defendants worldwide and have been instrumental in several high profile cases ending in acquittal or dismissal. The Human Solution also has a prison outreach program where they support cannabis prisoners especially those serving life and "De facto" life sentences. The Human Solution International is an all volunteer organization that advocates decriminalization of cannabis rather than restrictive "legalization." They are committed to working to ending cannabis prohibition entirely. As CEO of Willow Creek Springs and The Human Solution International, Joe Grumbine has been working with physicians and advocates to further the understanding of cannabis therapy and to support victims of the drug war.
                        • Matt Haskin
                          CEO, Certus Analytics, Founder, CannaSafe Analytics
                          Biography
                            Matt Haskin was the founder and previous CEO of CannaSafe Analytics, which, under his vision and leadership, became the first cannabis laboratory in the United States to be awarded an ISO 17025:2005 accreditation in 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia State University and has extensive experience in both domestic and international business. A chronic entrepreneur, Matt struck upon the concept of a medical cannabis laboratory in late 2009 after observing close family and friends struggle with concerns over the safety of the cannabis they used as medicine. With no industry established protocols or methods for testing cannabis, Matt set out to develop a lab that would set the standard and earn the trust of its clients. In February 2015 Matt was appointed Vice Chair of the Independent Laboratory Advisory Committee to the state of Nevada. The Committee makes policy recommendations on the state's cannabis program. Matt is also a member of the AOCS Cannabis Expert Panel, sits on the board of directors of the California Minority Alliance and is a member of the Green Standard Working Group. He was honored to be nominated and evaluated for the position of Bureau Chief of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control. Matt sold CannaSafe in October 2016 and now heads up Certus Analytics, a BCC licensed California cannabis compliance laboratory.
                          • Justin Kander
                            Research and Development Coordinator, The Oil Plant, Inc.
                            Biography
                              Justin Kander is the Patient Coordinator for The Oil Plant, a licensed manufacturer of whole-plant cannabis medicines in California. He has been with the company and its associated brand Aunt Zelda's since July 2015. In 2008, he began collecting research and experiences surrounding the use of cannabis to treat cancer, and eventually published several books on the subject. Justin has presented at medical cannabis conferences to further share information as widely as possible.
                            • Eric Kawka
                              Founder, Cattis Scientific
                              Biography
                                Eric Kawka is the founder of Cattis Scientific, a Cannabis startup in Vermont. He focuses his work on developing and implementing Cannabis extraction standards and processes for the quickly growing bio-botanical space. He's particularly interested in establishing scalable extraction methods for a new class of medical cannabis derived products that meet pharmaceutical standards. Eric holds a M.A. in organic chemistry and has significant experience in extraction systems development, start-up ventures, and business development. Eric is an advisor for Cannabis start-ups in Massachusetts, Vermont, Ohio and Florida.
                              • Debra Kimless, MD
                                Medical Director, ForwardGro
                                Biography
                                  Debra Kimless, M.D. graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Muhlenberg College with a double major in Natural Sciences and Biology. She attended medical school at Rutgers, and residency at Temple University Hospital and is a board-certified Anesthesiologist with a subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine and is recently board certified by the American/International Lifestyle Medicine Board. Motivated by her mother who, at the end of her life suffered with intractable pain and who responded paradoxically to opiates, Dr. Kimless traveled the world to learn if medical cannabis could have been a treatment option. She studied under the most respected experts in cannabis medicine and research and has become a passionate champion for medical cannabis. In addition to being the Medical Director of ForwardGro, a medical cannabis cultivation and processing company in Maryland, Dr. Kimless shares her knowledge by speaking with physicians and other health care providers, patients and legislators about using medical cannabis as a therapeutic option. She consults with patients, pro bono, treating them with whole food all plant diets and medical cannabis, and collects patient data and presents the cases at national and international conferences and seminars. Her passion is to use education to de-stigmatize cannabis and explain how it may be used as an effective medical choice. In her spare time, Dr. Kimless enjoys sharing her home cooked whole food all plant meals with family and friends. She will never turn down a cup of coffee.
                                • Allegra Leghissa, PhD
                                  Postdoctoral Researcher, The University of Texas at Arlington
                                  Biography
                                    Allegra Leghissa graduated with her PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Texas at Arlington in July 2018, working under the direction of Prof. Kevin A. Schug. She was born and raised in Bologna, Italy. She left Italy in August 2014 after completing an undergraduate Chemistry degree at the University of Bologna.
                                  • Rylie Maedler
                                    President & Founder, Rylie's Smile Foundation
                                    Biography
                                      At 13, Rylie Maedler has accomplished more than most of us midway into adulthood. Not only is this teenage powerhouse the CEO of her own cannabis company and the founder of a non profit foundation, but she is the driving force behind three laws granting children in her home state of Delaware access to medical cannabis. She travels the world speaking at medical cannabis conferences, advocates for pediatrics to have better access to safe medical cannabis and for advancements in the research of rare diseases using cannabis preparations.
                                    • Jahan Marcu, PhD
                                      Co-Founder, Chief Operations Officer, Director of Experimental Pharmacology and Behavioral Research, International Research Center on Cannabis Mental Health
                                      Biography
                                        Jahan Marcu, Ph.D., is currently the Chief Science Officer at Americans for Safe Access (a medical cannabis advocacy non-profit) and Director of the Patient Focused Certification program, which is a health and safety oversight program that assesses regulatory compliance at cannabis operations. He is co-founder and past-chairman of the CANN subdivision of the Chemical Health and Safety Division (DCHAS) of the American Chemical Society. His is also on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Cannabinoids as Medicine. He has a background in analytical chemistry and molecular pharmacology, he received his Ph.D. for contributions in characterizing the structure and function of the cannabinoid receptors. He is an author of the American Herbal Pharmacopeia's Cannabis Monograph and serves on multiple expert government, trade association committees, scientific organizations including AHPA, ACS, AOCS, AOAC, ASA, IACM, and IMCPC. And is a court-qualified synthetic cannabinoid and cannabis expert. He has helped create medical cannabis educational training for clinicians and for workers in the medical cannabis industry, and has been invited to speak at many international conferences and universities, including the University of Leiden, Temple University School of Medicine, Princeton Hospital, and Yale University. Dr. Marcu is also a court qualified expert witness on cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids.
                                      • Jason Matlock, PhD
                                        Owner/Principal Consultant, Grand Cru, LLC
                                        Biography
                                          Jason Matlock is a doctoral candidate at Michigan State University, working in the Organic Pest Management Laboratory under the Department of Entomology. He holds a Master's Degree in Horticulture from Michigan State University, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Alma College. Mr. Matlock has expert-level knowledge of agricultural management practices, agroecology, pesticide toxicology, and statistical analysis. Prior to graduate studies, he worked in the craft beer and wine industry as a brewer and cellar man. His experience in craft-brewing is directly transferable to commercial cannabis production given it is a stringently regulated, licensed, and process-oriented industry. Furthermore, Mr. Matlock has participated in Michigan's Medical Marijuana Program as a caregiver since 2010.
                                        • Len May
                                          CEO, Endocanna Health
                                          Biography
                                            Len May is CEO and Co-Founder of EndoCanna Health, a bioscience research company specializing in Personalized Medicinal Cannabis using DNA sequencing, and parent company of the EndoCanna Health DNA Test Kit , the most comprehensive personalized Cannabis DNA test and available on the market today. With over 25 years of experience, Len May, MCS is a pioneer in the medical cannabis industry having held positions such as the President of the Cannabis Action Network, Board Member and Lifetime Member of California Cannabis Association , as well as a stakeholder in some of the industry's most iconic brands. His experience also encompasses a strong understanding of branding and compliance, fundraising, and operations. As a Certified Medical Cannabis Specialist in Medicinal Genomics, May has an in-depth knowledge of genomics, cannabinoids and terpenes and their interaction with the endocannabinoid system, allowing him to consult on formulations targeted to treat specific conditions. May has a Masters of Medical Cannabis and Endocannabinoid Formulation Specialist Certification from the Institute for the Advancement of Integrative Medicine. His areas of expertise include the workings of the Endocannabinoid system and how genetic expression plays a role in human experiences. In his role as CEO of Endocanna Health, he uses his knowledge of the plant to help modulate those experiences for those looking to incorporate Cannabis into their lives. Mr. May is an accomplished public speaker having presented on these topics on some of the world's most prestigious stages in his mission to help educate the population about the healing powers of cannabis.
                                          • Deborah Miran
                                            Former Commissioner, Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission
                                            Biography
                                              Former commissioner, Deborah Miran, was a member of the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission from 2013- 2016. While serving on the commission, she was also a member of the executive committee, policy, and research subcommittees, and was chair of the education subcommittee. She was responsible for developing education programs for doctors and patients, and was also an integral part of crafting the current regulations. Prior to the commission she was president and founder of Miran Consulting, Inc. There she advised both brand and generic drug makers on the FDA approval process. Ms. Miran was senior director of regulatory affairs for Alpharma, a generic drug manufacturer, where she directed the submission activities for new and abbreviated new drug applications to the FDA. She has spent over 30 years in the US pharmaceutical industry. Ms. Miran received her bachelor of science in chemistry from Iowa State University.
                                            • Guillermo Moreno-Sanz, PhD
                                              Founder and CSO, Abagune Research
                                              Biography
                                                Dr. Moreno-Sanz has authored more than 25 scientific articles and 3 patents describing the role of the endocannabinoid system on pain perception. He holds degrees in Biochemistry and Organic chemistry from the University of Zaragoza, and obtained his PhD in Neurosciences from the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain. He gained broad international experience with long-term fellowships in the Netherlands, Italy and the US, where he has developed most of his career at the University of California, Irvine, working with Prof. Daniele Piomelli, a pioneer of cannabinoid pharmacology. At UCI, he discovered a new class of cannabinoid analgesics devoid of unwanted psychoactivity. In 2017, he participated in the elaboration of the report "The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids" by the National Academies of Sciences. In 2018, he founded Abagune Research, a privately-owned company that provides R&D solutions to the cannabis industry.
                                              • Evan Moser
                                                Chief Engineer, Deutsche Process
                                                Biography
                                                  Evan Moser is the Chief Engineer of Deutsche Companies Located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Evan graduated from Iowa State University in 2010, where he received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. At Iowa State, Evan worked for Department of Energy in bio-renewables turning biomass into consumer energy products building Fishcer-Tropsch reactors, fluidized bed gasifiers, and fixed bed syngas reactors. Evan joined Cargill, the largest private food company in the world, in 2010; there he worked in corn and soy bean processing plants, implementing new production systems, improving production processes and managing production facilities. In 2014, Evan joined Deutsche Beverage Technology as a project engineer, designing and implementing sanitary brewing equipment. As the cannabis industry has grown over the last 4 years, Evan has implemented his background in large scale sanitary process optimization and design for developing cannabis extraction, evaporation, distillation and crystallization technologies at the industrial scale.
                                                • Herah Osborne
                                                  Nevada Sales Manager, Silver State Trading Inc.
                                                  Biography
                                                    Herah is the mother to 15 year old twins that have Fragile X syndrome, the leading genetic cause of Autism. Herah has spent the last six years researching the treatment of cannabis with children that have rare diseases such as Fragile X syndrome. To better understand how the use of cannabis can treat and improve the quality of life for her children and others with seizure disorders and ASD. She discovered the need to create a consistent and reliable cannabis product line that parents felt was safe for children and adults with compromised immune systems. She has been able to share her knowledge with every dispensary in the state of Nevada as she has worked with Silver State Trading based out of Sparks, NV for the past two years and is currently the Nevada Sales Manager. Herah is an advocate and speaker regarding the use of cannabis in Autism and other developmental disabilities and rare diseases.
                                                  • Christine Paszko, PhD, MT (ASCP)
                                                    Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Accelerated Technology Laboratories, Inc.
                                                    Biography
                                                      Dr. Paszko is an innovative, customer-centric leader with strong communication skills and the ability to collaborate well with both sales and technical teams. A strong leader with a commitment to driving growth in the rapidly evolving technology industry. Her unique career combines a Ph.D. in infectious disease and Microbiology with 20+ years of experience in defining and directing marketing and sales and business development strategies. This approach has helped customers to outperform competitors with best in class Laboratory Information Management Systems, Positive ID, and Automation Technology. Dr. Paszko's multicultural background provides a real-world understanding of the importance of sales leadership and relationship management to the bottom line.
                                                    • Milan Patel
                                                      Co-Founder and CEO, PathogenDx
                                                      Biography
                                                        Mr. Patel leads the strategic vision, financial health and global growth of PathogenDx, a Scottsdale, AZ based company which provides disruptive DNAbased pathogen testing technology and solutions for the cannabis, botanical, food and agricultural industries. Previously, Mr. Patel spent over 25 years working with large public, small private and entrepreneurial companies in numerous fields from the life sciences, to biotechnology, to government services and the automotive industry. Milan served as COO/CFO of GMSbiotech. He also was CFO of 2020 Company, LLC, a leading premier professional services firm that delivered business and technology solutions to the government, in the areas of health, education and science. Mr. Patel also worked at Intel Corporation in Sales & Marketing, Finance and Manufacturing. He has extensive experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, business strategy and planning, infrastructure and organizational development, and controls, compliance and audit. For more information on PathogenDx's simple, powerful and inexpensive DNAbased pathogen testing, visit www.pathogendx.com.
                                                      • Ezra Pryor
                                                        Applied Markets Specialist, Heidolph North America
                                                        Biography
                                                          Ezra Pryor has been in the cannabis industry for the past 6 years. He is Heidolph North America's Applied Markets Specialist and serves on the American Chemical Society's Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision as well as ASTM International's Committee D37 on Cannabis. Heidolph brings to the table more than 7 decades of experience providing premium equipment and expertise to highly regulated pharmaceutical and research industries. Now the new Heidolph Botanical Extraction (HBX) business unit is focused on providing unique solutions that are both efficient and compliant with cannabis industry regulations.
                                                        • Markus Roggen, PhD
                                                          Founder & CEO, Complex Biotech Discovery Ventures
                                                          Biography
                                                            Dr. Roggen's latest project, Complex Biotech Discovery Ventures, a fundamental research laboratory and CRO of the cannabis industry. His research interests lie in the metabolite composition and behavior throughout the production cycle, SFE process optimization, and development of innovative therapeutic formulations. Dr. Roggen received his master in science degree from Imperial College, London, UK in 2008. He then pursued his graduate degree is organic chemistry at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ), where he received his PhD in 2012. He then was awarded an DAAD postdoctoral fellowship to pursue further training in physical organic chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla from 2013-2014. He then entered the cannabis industry, at first as laboratory director for Davinci Laboratories of California, an analytical laboratory from 2014 to 2016. In 2016 he moved into an executive position overseeing production, R&D and process optimization for OutCo, a cannabis manufacturer. Dr. Markus Roggen is also a trusted advisor and mentor for multiple startups, startup accelerators and organizations. Positions include advisory positions at Bloom Automation, a cannabis robotics company, Redfield Proctor, a waste management company, and former co-chair of the NCIA Scientific Advisory Committee.
                                                          • Julie Taylor
                                                            CEO, North Star Scientific Solutions
                                                            Biography
                                                              Julie Taylor is the Founder and CEO of North Star Scientific Solutions, a consulting company specializing in setting up cannabis testing labs since 2016. Prior to entering the cannabis industry in 2014, Julie worked in the pharmaceutical industry with a focus on analytical instrumentation, bioanalytical analysis, compliance and drug metabolism research studies. Her experience from the pharmaceutical industry transferred seamlessly to the cannabis testing industry. North Star Scientific Solutions specializes in: lab design, laboratory standard operating procedures, analytical methods, compliance, ISO 17025 assistance, application assistance, project management and staffing solutions. She has experience working in the cannabis industry across numerous states and countries, which helps to easily navigate different regulatory requirements. When Julie is not working, she is a Colorado girl. Her hobbies include paragliding, mountain biking, skiing, fly fishing and leather craft.
                                                            • Marian Twohig, PhD
                                                              Principal Scientist, Scientific Operation, Waters Corporation
                                                              Biography
                                                                Marian has over 17 years of experience working as an analytical chemist supporting applications in the food and environmental, pharmaceutical and materials science industries. She has held several senior scientist positions developing quantitative analytical methods to meet regulatory requirements. Marian holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland. Currently, the focus of Marian's work is in the development of robust analytical methods to meet regulatory compliance in cannabis safety testing. She considers it an honour to work with other scientists to solve analytical problems using chromatography, sample preparation and mass spectrometry technologies.
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                                                              • Kent Crowley

                                                                Kent Crowley, Pharm.D., is a board-certified Pharm.D. through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from University of California, San Francisco and completed his residency with Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, CA. He completed his ...

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                                                              • Russ Cersosimo

                                                                Russell Cersosimo Jr. is the founder of Pittsburgh-based Miradati Technology, which is currently developing HIPAA-compliant, enterprise software that creates standardized data for medical cannabis research. Integrating both legacy and proprietary technologies, Miradati helps ...

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                                                              • Sebastien Cotte

                                                                Sebastien Cotte became actively involved in the field of medical marijuana in 2013 while seeking alternative treatments for his son Jagger's, rare terminal Mitochondrial disease. In 2014, with his wife Annett, they became medical refugees in Colorado to access cannabis oil for ...

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                                                              • James Eaves, PhD

                                                                James Eaves received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis. Today, he is a management professor at Université Laval, where he is part of a research group that aims to find ways to increase the profitability of growing cannabis indoors and ...

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                                                              • Debra Kimless, MD

                                                                Debra Kimless, M.D. graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Muhlenberg College with a double major in Natural Sciences and Biology. She attended medical school at Rutgers, and residency at Temple University Hospital and is a boarded Anesthesiologist with a subspecialty ...

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                                                              • Catharine Layton

                                                                Catharine is a Senior Technical Applications Chemist at Waters Corporation in Milford, MA where she works closely with technical experts in chromatographic purification, supercritical fluid separation, and bio-botanical extraction. Catharine received undergraduate degrees in ...

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                                                              • Jahan Marcu, PhD

                                                                Jahan Marcu, Ph.D., is currently the Chief Science Officer at Americans for Safe Access (a medical cannabis advocacy non-profit) and Director of the Patient Focused Certification program, which is a health and safety oversight program that assesses regulatory compliance at ...

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                                                              • Christine Paszko, MT (ASCP), PhD

                                                                Dr. Paszko is an innovative, customer-centric leader with strong communication skills and the ability to collaborate well with both sales and technical teams. A strong leader with a commitment to driving growth in the rapidly evolving technology industry. Her unique career ...

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