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Alphabet Soup - Quality, Technical and Statistical Considerations for Cannabis Testing

C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
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  • President, MC Squared
    Biography

      Mark is the CEO of MC Squared Enterprises Inc (MC2) an independent consulting firm with in-depth expertise in business, technology development and deployment.  MC2 works with companies and organizations that are focused on improving public health.



      Mark has extensive international business and technical experience. He recently served as COO of Matrix Sciences as well as the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development where he was responsible for Matrix Sciences M&A activity. Mark previously held positions as CEO of QCL and Corporate Vice-President of R&D at Merieux Nutrisciences a global life sciences company.



      Mark has experience in various technical, quality and business functions and is an active member of IFT, IAFP, AOAC and ASM (American Society for Microbiology). He serves on the AOAC Expert Review Panel for Food and Environmental Methods.



      Mark has served on the advisory boards of the food science and nutrition departments at both Cornell and Tuskegee University. He also spent time on the board of S.T.O.P. an advocacy group dedicated to serving those affected by foodborne illness.



      Mark is a graduate of University of Georgia with a B.S. in Microbiology and also holds an M.S.A. from Columbus State University. He is also a registered clinical and public health microbiologist (RM AAM) with the American Academy of Microbiologists. He has extensive training in statistics, epidemiology, and diagnostic development.


    Abstract

    The growth of the cannabis / hemp industries in the United States has been tremendous. Legalization efforts continue in many states with a consistent eye on Federal legalization.  As a gauge of demand and growth, the amount of acreage devoted to hemp growth according to estimates was in excess of 285,000 acres in 2020. Much like other industries, the understanding and application of analytical techniques to measure quality and safety of cannabis / hemp products will continue to evolve. It is a predictable occurrence that the supply chain will get more complicated. Developing and validating harmonized, standardized methods and specifications for cannabis / hemp is a priority for successful development and commercialization of consumer-friendly products. The purpose of this talk is to give a high-level overview of the analytical challenges the industry faces and how they relate to the market in general. Successful commerce depends on product confidence. the measurement and characterization of cannabis hemp products. This will form the framework for building consumer confidence.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Gain a better understanding of testing technology

    2. Gain a better understanding of statistical sampling and quality


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