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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
  • Making Cannabis Mainstream
  • Regulatory Landscape
  • Extraction and Purification
  • Analytical Testing

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
By participating in this virtual event and watching webcast presentations, you can earn Free Continuing Education (PACE) credits. To earn educational credits, you must view an entire presentation. Following the presentation, you must click on the educational credit link provided for that particular speaker and follow the required process. Once you have completed the process, you will receive a certificate for the educational credit.

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  • Jan Roberts, LCSW
    CEO, Director of Translational Research, International Research Center on Cannabis and Mental Health
      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
        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.
      • Benjamin Chiarelli
        Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cellibre
          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.
        • James Eaves, PhD
          Professor, Department of Management, Laval University
            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.
          • Shawn Helmueller
            Chief Scientific Officer, Deutsche Process
              Shawn obtained Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry, and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He earned a Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Minnesota studying supercritical fluid chromatographic theory, and adult education. Shawn Joined Waters Corporation in 2015 as a product development and applications chemist in the separations product development and marketing group. He joined Deutsche Process in 2019 as Chief Scientific Officer and is involved with new product research and development and scientific evaluation of new and existing technology for implementation in emerging markets.
            • Eric Kawka
              Founder, Cattis Scientific
                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
                  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
                    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.
                  • Jason Matlock, PhD
                    Owner/Principal Consultant, Grand Cru, LLC
                      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
                        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.
                      • Christine Paszko, PhD, MT (ASCP)
                        Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Accelerated Technology Laboratories, Inc.
                          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
                            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
                          • Ezra Pryor
                            Applied Markets Specialist, Heidolph North America
                              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.
                            • Marian Twohig, PhD
                              Principal Scientist, Scientific Operation, Waters Corporation
                                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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                              The speakers below have been approved for CME, CE, or CEU credits. To redeem your credits, locate the presentation you watched and click on the CME/CE/CEU buttons for further direction. For more general information regarding continuing education, the processes to receive credits, and the accreditation bodies, Click here




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                              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. Posters should be submitted as a PowerPoint file. Presentations should incorporate illustrative materials such as tables, graphs, photographs, and large-print text. This content is not peer-reviewed. Submission is free.

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                              All submitted abstracts will be reviewed and decisions regarding acceptance will be made as abstracts are received. You will be notified within one week of receipt about acceptance. Further details and registration materials will be provided at that time. You do not have to be present in order to have a poster displayed. Only those abstracts approved by LabRoots may display posters at this event.

                              If accepted, you will also have the opportunity to record a 3-5 minute summary video for each poster. LabRoots will work with each individual to create these videos. Video links and email contact information will be included on each poster displayed.

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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, PFC

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

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                              • Jeffrey Matura

                                Jeff Matura is a founding shareholder of Graif Barrett & Matura, P.C. His practice emphasizes commercial litigation, municipal and governmental law, and insurance law. He is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest peer-review rating an individual lawyer can receive ...

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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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