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MAR 25, 2020

Cannabis Sciences 2020





 

The 3rd Annual 2020 Cannabis Sciences Virtual Event is now available On-Demand. The Cannabis Sciences planning committee planned and selected speakers that best embody the overall challenges, opportunities, and issues in the current landscape around cannabis sciences.

The theme for this years event is Cannabis in 2020: The Evolution of Science, Research and Legislation with the following Topics:

Medical Cannabis: Therapeutic Updates >>

  • Medical Trials and Data
  • Clinical Experiences: Physicians share real-world patient responses to medical cannabis

Quality Control >>

  • Methods of Color Remediation/Removal of Specific Contaminants/Distillate Production
  • QA/QC for the Cannabis Extraction Lab Using LIMS
  • Managing Mold and Bacteria Risk

Regulatory Landscape - Beyond the US >>

  • Regulatory Compliance
  • How to Avoid Mistakes of California in Future Markets
  • Optimal Regulation Policies for Safety
  • How Regulations Impact Healthcare and Quality of Life

Evolving Laboratory Landscape >>

  • Future of Testing for Rare Cannabinoids, Terpenes and Flavonoids
  • LIMS for the Cannabis Industry - From Seed to Sale
  • Automation of Cannabis Method Development

Hemp Science and Testing >>

  • Opportunities and Hazards of the Hemp CBD Market

Advancements in Cultivation and Extraction Methods and Technologies >>

  • Plant Genetics
  • Cultivation Research
  • Managing Climate

Our virtual conference allows you to participate in a global setting with no travel or cost to you. The event will remain open 6 months from the date of the live event.  The webinars will be available for unlimited on-demand viewing.  This virtual conference also offers increased reach for the global microbiology community with a high degree of interaction through live-streaming video and chat sessions.

Like the 2019 conference, this event will be produced on our robust platform, allowing you to watch, learn and connect seamlessly across all desktop or mobile devices. Equipped with gamification and point system, you can now move around the entire event, earning points for a chance to win one of LabRoots' most popular T-shirts.



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 20 credits.

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Speakers
  • Founder, Nurturing Nature Group, Professor, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Master Gardener, University of Florida IFAS Ag-Extension Program
  • Medical Director, ForwardGro
  • CEO, CloudLIMS
  • Co-Owner and founder of Grace Health and Wellness, HEED CBD Cannabis Business Owner, Cannabis Advocate/Activist/Educator/Patient, Plant Based Medicine Advocate
  • Laboratory Director, One Bond Laboratories / Toxicologist, SEA, Ltd.
  • Palliative Patient Care Corp
  • Senior Principal Application Scientist & Team Lead, PerkinElmer
  • Vice President of Strategic Development, International Hemp Solutions
  • CEO and Co-Founder of ANSHI
  • Commercial Operations Manager for Think20 Laboratories
  • Professeur titulaire/Full Professor, Département de management/ Department of Management, Faculté des sciences de l'administration / Business School Pavillon Palasis-Prince, Université Laval
  • Professor, Université Laval (Québec, Canada)
  • Founder and CEO, Impello Biosciences
  • Front Range Biosciences, Director of Process Development and Implementation
  • Chief Science Officer, International Research Center on Cannabis and Health
  • Graduate Researcher; PhD Candidate, Portland State University, Department of Chemistry
  • Sr. Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Accelerated Technology Laboratories, Inc.
  • Applied Markets Specialist, Heidolph North America, Development Chair at the Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision at the American Chemical Society's Chemical Health and Safety Division
  • CEO & Chief Scientist, Premium CBD Labs, LLC
  • Founder and President of SC Compassionate Care Alliance
  • Quality Assurance Manager (QAP), GreenSeal Cannabis Company
  • Accreditation Supervisor, American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)

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Presentations
  • MAR 25, 2020 12:00 PM PDT
    PANEL: Current Challenges Facing Parents using Cannabis in Pediatric Conditions
    Jill Swing
    Founder and President of SC Compassionate Care Alliance
    Janelle Donavan
    CEO and Co-Founder of ANSHI
    Kent Crowley, Pharm. D., FAARFM, ABAAHP
    Palliative Patient Care Corp
  • MAR 25, 2020 10:30 AM PDT
    Keynote Presentation: Cannabis in 2020: The Contemporary Healer's Responsible Conversation
    Jeffrey Block, MD
    Founder, Nurturing Nature Group, Professor, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Master Gardener, University of Florida IFAS Ag-Extension Program
  • MAR 25, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
    Keynote Presentation: How the cannabis market is driving the development of intelligent farming and the future of agriculture
    James Eaves, PhD
    Professeur titulaire/Full Professor, Département de management/ Department of Management, Faculté des sciences de l'administration / Business School Pavillon Palasis-Prince, Université Laval
  • MAR 25, 2020 7:30 AM PDT
    Keynote Presentation: Cannabis Medicine is Flowering: How Clinical Trials Validate Cannabis
    Debra Kimless, MD
    Medical Director, ForwardGro
  • Cannabis Testing - Current Regulatory Landscape and Updates
    Anna Williams
    Accreditation Supervisor, American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)
  • Challenges to Starting a New Cannabis Lab: from Sample Traceability to Method Development to Data Management
    Matthew Brittain, PhD
    Laboratory Director, One Bond Laboratories / Toxicologist, SEA, Ltd.
  • Considerations in selecting a LIMS for Cannabis Testing
    Christine Paszko, PhD, MT (ASCP)
    Sr. Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Accelerated Technology Laboratories, Inc.
  • Managing Fungal and Bacterial Risks
    Josh Smith
    CEO & Chief Scientist, Premium CBD Labs, LLC
  • Metabolomics: An Evolving Approach to Cannabis Breeding
    Caleb King
    Front Range Biosciences, Director of Process Development and Implementation
  • Some Risk and Economic Tradeoffs related to the Cannabis Drying Process
    Cyndi Willems-Gibson
    Quality Assurance Manager (QAP), GreenSeal Cannabis Company
  • The Impact of Thrips on Cannabis Yields
    Valérie Fournier PhD
    Professor, Université Laval (Québec, Canada)
    Continuing Education: Florida CE | P.A.C.E. CE
  • Worried about QA/QC in an in-house Cannabis Extraction Testing Lab? Automate processes using LIMS
    Arun Apte
    CEO, CloudLIMS
  • Analysis of Terpenes in Hemp by Headspace/Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry
    Adam Floyd
    Commercial Operations Manager for Think20 Laboratories
  • Cannabis 101 for the Healthcare Professional: What you need to know to answer your patients' questions and feel good about it!
    Kent Crowley, Pharm. D., FAARFM, ABAAHP
    Palliative Patient Care Corp
  • Case Study: Metastatic Breast Cancer In Remission After Standard Cancer Treatment, Cannabis & Psilocybin
    Jaime Brambilia
    Co-Owner and founder of Grace Health and Wellness, HEED CBD Cannabis Business Owner, Cannabis Advocate/Activist/Educator/Patient, Plant Based Medicine Advocate
  • Degradant formation in cannabis concentrate aerosols
    Jiries Meehan-Atrash
    Graduate Researcher; PhD Candidate, Portland State University, Department of Chemistry
  • Hemp Seed: Searching for the Present and Future Opportunities
    Tom Dermody
    Vice President of Strategic Development, International Hemp Solutions
  • How Nonprofits are driving the leading edge of research into Cannabis Sativa L
    Ezra Pryor
    Applied Markets Specialist, Heidolph North America, Development Chair at the Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision at the American Chemical Society's Chemical Health and Safety Division
  • Manipulating environmental inputs to optimize genetic expression
    Michael Key
    Founder and CEO, Impello Biosciences
  • Solving the Hemp Challenge: Pesticide Detection
    Avinash Dalmia
    Senior Principal Application Scientist & Team Lead, PerkinElmer
  • Vaping Risks and Product Safety
    Jahan Marcu, PhD
    Chief Science Officer, International Research Center on Cannabis and Health
  • Advancements in Cultivation and Extraction Methods and Technologies
  • Manipulating environmental inputs to optimize genetic expression
    Michael Key
    Founder and CEO, Impello Biosciences
  • Hemp Seed: Searching for the Present and Future Opportunities
    Tom Dermody
    Vice President of Strategic Development, International Hemp Solutions
  • The Impact of Thrips on Cannabis Yields
    Valérie Fournier PhD
    Professor, Université Laval (Québec, Canada)
    Continuing Education: Florida CE | P.A.C.E. CE
  • MAR 25, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
    Keynote Presentation: How the cannabis market is driving the development of intelligent farming and the future of agriculture
    James Eaves, PhD
    Professeur titulaire/Full Professor, Département de management/ Department of Management, Faculté des sciences de l'administration / Business School Pavillon Palasis-Prince, Université Laval
  • Evolving Laboratory Landscape
  • Degradant formation in cannabis concentrate aerosols
    Jiries Meehan-Atrash
    Graduate Researcher; PhD Candidate, Portland State University, Department of Chemistry
  • How Nonprofits are driving the leading edge of research into Cannabis Sativa L
    Ezra Pryor
    Applied Markets Specialist, Heidolph North America, Development Chair at the Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision at the American Chemical Society's Chemical Health and Safety Division
  • Cannabis Testing - Current Regulatory Landscape and Updates
    Anna Williams
    Accreditation Supervisor, American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)
  • Metabolomics: An Evolving Approach to Cannabis Breeding
    Caleb King
    Front Range Biosciences, Director of Process Development and Implementation
  • Medical Cannabis - Therapeutic Updates
  • Case Study: Metastatic Breast Cancer In Remission After Standard Cancer Treatment, Cannabis & Psilocybin
    Jaime Brambilia
    Co-Owner and founder of Grace Health and Wellness, HEED CBD Cannabis Business Owner, Cannabis Advocate/Activist/Educator/Patient, Plant Based Medicine Advocate
  • Cannabis 101 for the Healthcare Professional: What you need to know to answer your patients' questions and feel good about it!
    Kent Crowley, Pharm. D., FAARFM, ABAAHP
    Palliative Patient Care Corp
  • MAR 25, 2020 7:30 AM PDT
    Keynote Presentation: Cannabis Medicine is Flowering: How Clinical Trials Validate Cannabis
    Debra Kimless, MD
    Medical Director, ForwardGro
  • Quality Control
  • Vaping Risks and Product Safety
    Jahan Marcu, PhD
    Chief Science Officer, International Research Center on Cannabis and Health
  • Worried about QA/QC in an in-house Cannabis Extraction Testing Lab? Automate processes using LIMS
    Arun Apte
    CEO, CloudLIMS
  • Some Risk and Economic Tradeoffs related to the Cannabis Drying Process
    Cyndi Willems-Gibson
    Quality Assurance Manager (QAP), GreenSeal Cannabis Company
  • Considerations in selecting a LIMS for Cannabis Testing
    Christine Paszko, PhD, MT (ASCP)
    Sr. Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Accelerated Technology Laboratories, Inc.
  • Challenges to Starting a New Cannabis Lab: from Sample Traceability to Method Development to Data Management
    Matthew Brittain, PhD
    Laboratory Director, One Bond Laboratories / Toxicologist, SEA, Ltd.
  • Managing Fungal and Bacterial Risks
    Josh Smith
    CEO & Chief Scientist, Premium CBD Labs, LLC
  • Hemp Science and Testing
  • Solving the Hemp Challenge: Pesticide Detection
    Avinash Dalmia
    Senior Principal Application Scientist & Team Lead, PerkinElmer
  • Analysis of Terpenes in Hemp by Headspace/Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry
    Adam Floyd
    Commercial Operations Manager for Think20 Laboratories
  • Medical Cannabis
  • MAR 25, 2020 10:30 AM PDT
    Keynote Presentation: Cannabis in 2020: The Contemporary Healer's Responsible Conversation
    Jeffrey Block, MD
    Founder, Nurturing Nature Group, Professor, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Master Gardener, University of Florida IFAS Ag-Extension Program
  • Regulatory Landscape - Beyond the US
  • MAR 25, 2020 12:00 PM PDT
    PANEL: Current Challenges Facing Parents using Cannabis in Pediatric Conditions
    Jill Swing
    Founder and President of SC Compassionate Care Alliance
    Janelle Donavan
    CEO and Co-Founder of ANSHI
    Kent Crowley, Pharm. D., FAARFM, ABAAHP
    Palliative Patient Care Corp
Speakers

  • Jeffrey S. Block, MD
    Founder, Nurturing Nature Group, Professor, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Master Gardener, University of Florida IFAS Ag-Extension Program
    Biography
      Jeffrey Sherwood Block, M.D. achieved his bachelor's degree from Emory University (1978) majoring in analytical chemistry with a minor in psychology and received his Medical Doctorate from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (1982). Block is an American Board-Certified Anesthesiologist who is additionally Fellowship trained in Pain Management & Addiction Medicine. His combination of healthcare science and clinical education backgrounds additionally includes agricultural science expertise as an internationally awarded horticulturist and owner of Block Botanical Gardens in Miami, Florida. Dr. Block is the Founder and Managing Partner of Nurturing Nature Group Consultants and serves the Florida Department of Agriculture Extension Offices' programming as a Certified Master Gardener for the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Ag-Extension programs. Block authored physician education as mandated by Florida's Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. In 2015, he was selected by Florida's Surgeon General to serve as the only physician appointed to the Florida Department of Health's Negotiated Rule-Making Committee determining the rules to Florida's first legislation concerning cannabis used as a botanical medicine. As a uniquely qualified and trusted national leader of high-quality cannabinoid medicine education, Professor Block's academic affiliation has been resourced to instruct healthcare providers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, American College of Physicians (FL), Florida Society of Anesthesiologists, Baptist Health of South Florida, Miami-Dade Medical Association and Miami-Dade College of Nursing, Nova Southeastern School of Pharmacy, University of Colorado; Medical University of South Carolina; and he has presented extensively including as Keynote speaker for Colorado's Marijuana for Medical Professionals conferences and for California's annual Emerald Cup educational programming. Professor Raphael Mechoulam of Hebrew University in Jerusalem is widely regarded as 'The Father of Cannabinoid Medicine'. Regarding Dr. Block's current writings, Mechoulam recently praised Dr. Block's contributions to the science: "Your outstanding review has addressed many important aspects very well indeed. I do hope that it reaches the hands of many readers, clinicians in particular! Congratulations. -R"
    • 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. Currently she is the Chief Medical Officer for Pure Green, a medical cannabis company in Michigan where she formulates products and runs IRB approved clinical trials listed on www.clinicaltrials.gov. She is the Medical Director for ForwardGro, and Chief Science Officer for Merida Capital Partners. She serves as a volunteer faculty at University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, and is a contributing writer for GRAM magazine. Her passion is to use education to de-stigmatize cannabis and explain how it may be used as an effective medical choice.
      • Arun Apte
        CEO, CloudLIMS
        Biography
          Arun Apte is a serial entrepreneur and laboratory research scientist specializing in bioinformatics. He founded CloudLIMS in 2014 bringing the benefits of a SaaS LIMS to the cannabis testing laboratory market. This has enabled several cannabis testing and extraction laboratories to manage data, automate testing workflows, and follow regulatory compliance, such as ISO/IEC 17025:2017. Arun is an invited speaker at cannabis conferences all over the world. He was an invited speaker at the 2019 Cannabis Science Conference West, the 2019 Cannabis Quality Conference & Expo, and the Southeastern 2019 Hemp & Medical Cannabis Convention. He is on the Labroots committee for their event, Cannabis Sciences 2020. Prior to founding CloudLIMS, he founded 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 published extensively on bioinformatics
        • Jaime Brambilia
          Co-Owner and founder of Grace Health and Wellness, HEED CBD Cannabis Business Owner, Cannabis Advocate/Activist/Educator/Patient, Plant Based Medicine Advocate
          Biography
            My wife Nicole and I started our journey in the cannabis arena in 2016 when we opened a small delivery in Southern CA. We quickly found ourselves answering serious health questions from patients in severe physical distress, looking for absolute relief from their chronic conditions. We began to immerse ourselves in the research surrounding the therapeutic effects of cannabis, which in turn allowed for our current educational consulting practice. We specialize in coaching and educating patients about the clinical use of cannabinoids and the beneficial efficacy of alternative therapeutic treatments for better health and wellness.
          • Matthew Brittain, PhD
            Laboratory Director, One Bond Laboratories / Toxicologist, SEA, Ltd.
            Biography
              As the Laboratory Director for One Bond Laboratories I am responsible for all analytical testing procedures performed by the laboratory. All technical work is done under my direction, and I am solely responsible for the final review and approval of all data prior to client release. I am responsible for all research conducted by the laboratory, whether that research involved method development or is project focused. I am also responsible for ensuring all laboratory personnel are properly trained and that training plans are developed and executed to match the work each employee performs in the laboratory. Finally, I am responsible for the overall laboratory space, including, but not limited to, quality of result, timeliness (turn-around-time), appearance, analytical readiness, laboratory accreditation, and laboratory safety. As a Toxicologist for SEA, Ltd., I am I am responsible for cases requiring the determination of the presence or absence of harmful or intoxicating chemicals, testing and analyzing data for harmful contaminants in our food or environment, and evaluating contributing factors in the cause and manner of death or illness. I evaluate exposures to and human health effects of microbial organisms, alcohol, drugs, metals, chemicals, pesticides, gases, and other occupational and environmental potential contaminants. Also, I evaluate, drug related cases including, but not limited to, intoxication, drug-related problems, hazardous drug combinations or overdoses, indications and contraindications, and drug labeling and warnings. Additionally, with experience in the laboratory and as a toxicologist, I assess laboratory procedures and testing methods to determine the integrity of relevant data and data collection methods for drug, pesticides, and other toxicological analysis. Previous experience: Manager of Chemical and Pesticide Laboratories: The State of Ohio, Department of Agriculture; Toxicologist: Battelle Memorial Institute
            • Kent Crowley, Pharm. D., FAARFM, ABAAHP
              Palliative Patient Care Corp
              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.
              • Avinash Dalmia
                Senior Principal Application Scientist & Team Lead, PerkinElmer
                Biography
                  Avinash Dalmia received his PhD in chemical engineering in 1996 from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. Avinash Dalmia is a principal scientist and leader for cannabis application group at PerkinElmer. He pioneered the development of LCMSMS method with dual ESI/APCI source for analysis of all of pesticides in cannabis and hemp. During last 10 years at PerkinElmer, he has been involved in carrying out studies for design and optimization of different mass spectrometry ionization sources such as electrospray, APCI and direct sampling analyzer and has developed more than 60 applications using HPLC and GC coupled with different MS instruments. His most recent research interest is in analysis of low levels of pesticides, terpenes, metals, residual solvents and cannabinoids in hemp and cannabis related matrices. During his career, he has presented his research accomplishments in research areas varying from electrochemical sensors, fuel cells, catalysts, thermal and fluid flow modeling, MS sources, HPLC/MS and GC/MS applications and has published 15 papers and 20 patents.
                • Tom Dermody
                  Vice President of Strategic Development, International Hemp Solutions
                  Biography
                    Tom is a hemp industry veteran with a background in non- and for-profit business. As a graduate of the University of Maryland, he began his career in Washington D.C. working for the National Family Farm Coalition and Citizen Trade Campaign Ag Division. Following the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, Tom relocated to Colorado and became the founding staff member of the Industrial Hemp Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which assisted in the development of the public-private model that has played a key role in the growth of the US hemp industry thus far. Tom joined the Bija Team in November of 2017 and manages all aspects of operations ranging from licensing, procurement, and distribution of certified seed across Europe, the Americas, and Australia. Apart from his responsibilities to Bija Hemp and its parent company International Hemp Solutions, Tom serves on the Steering Committee of the Colorado Hemp Agricultural Advancement Group, the Banking and Insurance subcommittee of the Colorado Hemp Advancement and Management Plan, the Colorado Hemp Research Authority Working Group, and on the board of the U.S. Hemp Growers Association.
                  • Janelle Nobel Donavan
                    CEO and Co-Founder of ANSHI
                    Biography
                      Janelle is CEO and Co-Founder of ANSHI, a line of simple, natural products that came to life at the hospital bedside of our founder and CEO's daughter. At just four years old, Raegan fell into a dangerous cycle of infections. Inspired by her mother's innate desire to help her child feel better fast, all our products use the skin, our largest organ, to deliver nature's most powerful compounds. www.anshiheals.com
                    • Adam Floyd
                      Commercial Operations Manager for Think20 Laboratories
                      Biography
                        Adam Floyd currently serves as the Commercial Operations Manager for Think20 Laboratories. He has over ten years of professional experience in the cannabis industry with previous roles at Vermicrop Organics, General Hydroponics, The Hawthorne Gardening Company, and PerkinElmer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and his specialties include mass spectrometry and gas chromatography.
                      • James Eaves, PhD
                        Professeur titulaire/Full Professor, Département de management/ Department of Management, Faculté des sciences de l'administration / Business School Pavillon Palasis-Prince, Université Laval
                        Biography
                          James Eaves received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California at Davis. He is currently a professor at Université Laval, where his research focuses on methods of improving the profitability of growing cannabis indoors at scale. He has worked with a number of large cannabis producers on various research projects, and he was the Head of R&D for Greenseal Cannabis Company.
                        • Valérie Fournier PhD
                          Professor, Université Laval (Québec, Canada)
                          Biography
                            Valerie Fournier is an entomologist who received her Ph.D. in 2003. She has been a professor at the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences of Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada since 2007. She leads research on insect diversity, integrated pest management and arthropod control in several crops. She has some 20 years of experience helping growers control pests without using pesticides. She has published some 40 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, including high-impact magazines such as Science. She has recently started working on cannabis pests.
                          • Michael Key
                            Founder and CEO, Impello Biosciences
                            Biography
                              Michael Key is the founder and CEO of Impello Biosciences, a Colorado-based biotechnology company that specializes in the research and development of plant biostimulants. Their speciality line of biostimulant products currently includes growth-promoting bacteria, amino-acid rich organic fertilizers, and unique biochemical compounds that increase secondary metabolite production in cannabis. Michael's role in the company includes overseeing business development, creating strategic partnerships, and directing new product innovation, research, and development. Prior to co-founding Impello, Michael worked as the Director of Horticultural Research and Development for Functional Remedies, a vertically-integrated Colorado hemp company, where he developed and implemented agricultural protocols on 50+ acre farms in both Colorado and Kentucky. Additionally, Michael worked as a Research Assistant in the Center for Rhizosphere Biology at Colorado State University, where he also received his degree in Horticulture.
                            • Caleb King
                              Front Range Biosciences, Director of Process Development and Implementation
                              Biography
                                Caleb King directs analytical testing and phytochemical method development at Front Range Biosciences. Currently, Caleb works closely with a multi-disciplinary team working to understand the biogeochemistry and metabolomics of high-value crops. Caleb received his Master of Science in marine sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Mount Union. He has over 10 years of combined experience in paleoclimate research, environmental chemistry, veterinary medicine, and cannabis science. Caleb directed cannabis regulatory testing operations, scaled production testing capabilities, and developed numerous analytical chemistry methodologies while at Steep Hill Hawaii and Steep Hill Labs in Berkeley, California. Caleb enjoys wilderness hiking and shipwreck diving.
                              • Jahan Marcu, PhD
                                Chief Science Officer, International Research Center on Cannabis and Health
                                Biography
                                  Dr. Jahan Marcu has over 15 years of experience in cannabinoid research, policy, and operations. He has been a passionate advocate focused on consumer safety and the medical benefits of cannabis. He is also among a select group of professionals globally that has earned a PhD focused on the endocannabinoid system (with research on the structure and function of cannabinoid receptors, molecular pharmacology of the endocannabinoid system, and the role of the ECS in bone). He is presently the Editor-In-Chief of the American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine. He is the Chief Science Officer and co-founder of the International Research Center on Cannabis and Health, a community-based institute that collaborates with universities, researchers, foundations, state institutions, and others to leverage the highest caliber talent in the field. He is also founder and past-chair of the Cannabis Chemistry Sub-division of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest and oldest professional scientific society. Further illustrating the recognition earned through his efforts, he has been asked to serve on multiple expert government advisory and trade association committees, as well as scientific organizations including ASTM (D37 Subcommittee chair), AHPA Cannabis committee (past-chair), ACS Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision (CANN), AOCS, AOAC, IACM(past BOD), and IMCPC (co-founder).
                                • Jiries Meehan-Atrash
                                  Graduate Researcher; PhD Candidate, Portland State University, Department of Chemistry
                                  Biography
                                    Jiries Meehan-Atrash received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from SUNY New Paltz in 2014, and began pursuing a doctoral degree in chemistry at Portland State University in 2016 in the laboratory of Dr. Robert M. Strongin. Jiries branched from the nicotine e-cigarette chemical toxicology work to pursue the study cannabis e-cigarette aerosols and has authored five publications which have garnered 40 citations, and was named to receive the 2020 ElSohly Award for Excellence in Cannabis Science.
                                  • Christine Paszko, PhD, MT (ASCP)
                                    Sr. Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Accelerated Technology Laboratories, Inc.
                                    Biography
                                      Dr. Paszko is the Sr. Vice President at Accelerated Technology Laboratories, Inc. a LIMS, laboratory automation and informatics firm. She is an innovative, customer-centric leader with strong communication skills and the ability to collaborate well with both technical and sales teams. She received her undergraduate degree in Medical Technology (MT ASCP), with a minor in Microbiology from the State University of New York @ Buffalo. Her graduate studies were conducted at the University of Maryland in Molecular Microbiology with an emphasis in infectious diseases and informatics. Her unique career combines a Ph.D. with 20+ years of experience in working in laboratories and leveraging data management tools, LIMS and automation. These tools enhance data quality, facilitate regulatory compliance, increase productivity, and the ability better manage laboratory data and information. She has co-authored a book on LIMS, and authored over 5 dozen scientific, LIMS and informatics articles in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Paszko has been helping analytical testing laboratories understand regulatory compliance requirements (ISO 17025), leverage LIMS and automation to increase productivity, throughput and profitability. This approach has helped customers to outperform competitors with best in class Laboratory Information Management Systems Technology, Automation, Systems Integration to offer insights into laboratory and business intelligence.
                                    • Ezra Pryor
                                      Applied Markets Specialist, Heidolph North America, Development Chair at the Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision at the American Chemical Society's Chemical Health and Safety Division
                                      Biography
                                        Ezra Pryor has been in the cannabis industry for the past 6 years. He left a graduate program in analytical chemistry to pursue a consulting company in Cannabis Chemistry. Ezra served as an auditor with Patient Focused Certification and is currently Heidolph's Applied Markets Specialist. He is a founding member and the current Development Chair of the American Chemical Society's Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision and serves in the ASTM International's Committee D37 on Cannabis.
                                      • Josh Smith
                                        CEO & Chief Scientist, Premium CBD Labs, LLC
                                        Biography
                                          Josh Smith has spent the last decade researching alternative anti-microbial therapies in the pharmaceutical industry. In particular, he has spent most of his career developing molecular diagnostic methods and genetically modifying E. coli to prevent or kill off infections. Most recently, he worked on developing treatments for catheterized patients to guard against UTIs as well as clearing wound and skin graft sites prior to treatment. This work led to developing a patent pending new diagnostic test for identifying bacterial infections within 4 hours of receipt by the lab. His graduate degree is in clinical microbiology but, during the course of his education, he spent a large amount of time in microbial genetics, biochemistry, x-ray crystallography, and protein kinetics, particularly with the hemolysin hpmA of P. mirabilis. In 2018, Josh was approached to found Premium CBD Labs, a hemp testing laboratory located in Madison, WI. His focus is bringing the standards and ethical accountability of clinical labs to the cannabis testing industry.
                                        • Jill Swing
                                          Founder and President of SC Compassionate Care Alliance
                                          Biography
                                            Jill Swing is the Founder and President of SC Compassionate Care Alliance which is a patients' rights organization that provides education about the benefits of medical cannabis and how to become an advocate for safe, legal access. Jill's daughter, twelve-year-old Mary Louise, suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and can have over 1000 seizures per day. In 2014, after running out of options from Mary Louise's neurologist, they started exploring the possibility of CBD or Cannabidiol, which is derived from the cannabis plant and was legal in Colorado at the time. Unfortunately, due to federally illegality, it wasn't possible to obtain outside of the state. Jill then worked with state lawmakers to pass a bill allowing patients with epilepsy to possess CBD oil. Jill has continued to fight for safe access to all forms of cannabis within the state of South Carolina. She and her organization have led the charge in supporting the SC Compassionate Care Act, which is the comprehensive medical cannabis bill being considered by the South Carolina General Assembly. Accomplishments include working with the Medical University of South Carolina to create their Annual Update on Medical Cannabis CME/CLE accredited conference in addition to providing education to lawmakers, community organizations and individuals about medical cannabis and advocacy efforts. Jill's years of involvement in medical cannabis legalization have given her a wealth of knowledge regarding CBD, hemp, medical cannabis and the legislation that surrounds them.
                                          • Cyndi Willems-Gibson
                                            Quality Assurance Manager (QAP), GreenSeal Cannabis Company
                                            Biography
                                              "As Quality Assurance Manager (QAP) for GreenSeal Cannabis Company Ltd, Cyndi Willems-Gibson ensures that incoming materials meet regulatory requirements, that plants are grown, processed and packaged according to Good Manufacturing Practices, and that all finished products meet our strict release criteria in order to protect the clients (as well as the company). In addition to this, a main focus of her role is to ensure continuous improvement of systems at the facility ensuring a premium product every time. Cyndi has more than 25 years in Manufacturing and Quality experience with a focus on creating Quality Management Systems. Previously she was the Quality Assurance Manager for one of the largest ice cream manufacturers in North America and a national distributor throughout Canada. Quality ISO Certifications, ERP implementations, Quality Monitoring Programs, Foreign Material Programs and TPM were all successfully implemented during her tenure and to that end, saw a significant reduction in consumer complaints. In addition to an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Western Ontario, Cyndi has continued her studies as a Lead Auditor/Trainer for ISO9001 and FSSC22000, GMP, HACCP, Pest Management and most recently in plant sciences. Cyndi has been married to her partner and friend Mike for 25 years and has two sons, Eric and Evan."
                                            • Anna Williams
                                              Accreditation Supervisor, American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)
                                              Biography
                                                Anna Williams is an Accreditation Supervisor with the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and has worked with the Association since September 2015. She supports the day-to-day operations of accreditation by assisting clients in obtaining and maintaining accreditation in the chemical and biological fields of testing. Anna serves as the primary staff point of contact for laboratories seeking accreditation for cannabis testing, as well as A2LA's animal health laboratory accreditation programs. She also supervises accreditation services staff working with cannabis and clinical testing laboratories. Anna has been a staff-approved lead assessor since December 2016 and performs oversights of new and veteran assessors. She serves on several cannabis industry working groups, including AOAC, ASTM, and ACIL. Anna is also a member of the Emerald Scientific Committee and Americans for Safe Access (ASA). She obtained her Six-Sigma Yellow Belt Certification in 2018 and has been formally trained as a cannabis assessor by A2LA.
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                                              • Kent Crowley, Pharm.D., FAARFM, ABAAHP

                                                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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                                              • Arun Apte

                                                Arun Apte is a serial entrepreneur and laboratory research scientist specializing in bioinformatics. He founded CloudLIMS in 2014 bringing the benefits of a SaaS LIMS to the cannabis testing laboratory market. This has enabled several cannabis testing and extraction laboratories ...

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                                              • Russ Cersosimo, Jr.

                                                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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                                              • James Eaves

                                                James Eaves received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California at Davis. He is currently a professor at Université Laval, where his research focuses on methods of improving the profitability of growing cannabis indoors at scale. He has worked with a ...

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                                              • Gia Fazio, PhD

                                                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 ...

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                                              • Justin Kander

                                                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 ...

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                                              • Debra Kimless

                                                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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                                              • Allegra Leghissa

                                                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 ...

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                                              • Jahan Marcu

                                                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

                                                Dr. Paszko is the Sr. Vice President at Accelerated Technology Laboratories, Inc. a LIMS, laboratory automation and informatics firm. She is an innovative, customer-centric leader with strong communication skills and the ability to collaborate well with both technical and sales ...

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