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Complimentary Virtual Conference

September 14, 2021
12:00 Noon - 4:30 PM ET

Complimentary Webinar

Cannabis Labs Virtual Conference

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Cannabis Labs Virtual Conference

The Cannabis Labs Virtual Conference continues! For five years now, we have been hosting this complimentary collection of webinar presentations, designed to help attendees better understand some of the more technical aspects of starting and operating a laboratory. We will take a deep dive into various cannabis and hemp testing methods, laboratory accreditation, microbial testing, standards, method development and more.

Attendees registering for this complimentary series of webinars will get access to veterans of the cannabis lab testing industry, who are all available for Q&A after each presentation. In addition to getting the opportunity to chat with these subject matter experts on September 14, a recording of the presentations will be made available to all who register. Practical and educational information from experts in the cannabis lab testing industry, all on the same day and all from the comfort of your lab, home or office. Want real inside knowledge on the cannabis testing industry? Sign up today!

Who Should Attend:

  • Cannabis laboratory personnel
  • Lab managers, Chemists, Microbiologists
  • Investors of Cannabis Labs and those looking to start a lab
  • Clients of laboratories including: growers, processors, dispensary managers and stakeholders in the cannabis lab testing market


12:00 PM - Welcome & Introductions
Aaron Biros, Editor, CannabisIndustryJournal.com - Host and Moderator

12:05 PM - Hemp & Delta-8 in the United States: The Evolution of the Hemp Testing Market
Charles Deibel, President & CEO, Deibel Labs, Inc.

  • Learn the current state of affairs across the country with respect to hemp testing. This will include a look at hemp testing rules at the state and federal level.
  • What is Delta-8? Understand more about the controversy surrounding this cannabinoid, how to analyze samples of it and why the market has exploded around this product. 
  • Get the chance to ask your burning questions on all things hemp testing, regulations, licensing, method development & more

12:55 PM -  Hardy Diagnostics Sponsored TechTalk 
Jessa Youngblood, Food & Beverage Marketing Coordinator, Cannabis Industry Specialist, Hardy Diagnostics

1:10 PM - ISO 17025 Accreditation is NOT the Golden Ticket
Kathleen May, Founder & Owner, Triskele Quality Solutions

  • Understand where the standard falls short (from the article).
  • Understand how poor lab practices may negatively impact the consumer.
  • Understand how poor or insufficient lab practices could result in regulatory action, including product recalls, fines, and loss of licenses.  

2:00 PM - Cannabis Laboratory Accreditation: Challenges & Solutions - ANAB Sponsored Tech Talk 
Melanie Ross, Technical Products Developer, ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)

How do cannabis testing laboratories manage ever-changing state regulations?  What are the challenges that laboratories face? How do laboratories manage risk? How can accreditation aid in addressing these challenges and risks? What are the benefits of accredited testing? In this session, we will provide answers to these questions, and more, based on results of accreditation assessments performed at cannabis testing laboratories across the United States.  Additionally, we will provide an overview ANAB’s supplemental requirements related to accreditation and testing. 

2:15 PM - Best Practices for Cannabis Testing, from Soil to Sale -Columbia Labs Sponsored TechTalk
Kelly O'Connor, Sales Director Key Accounts, Columbia Labs

Testing is the key to managing a compliant, consistent supply chain. Cannabis has its own testing considerations and but many practices can be applied from what we already know in the food and dietary supplement supply chain. This presentation will provide a walk through of in-the-know testing considerations.

2:30 PM - Pesticides in Hemp: Challenges and Solutions
Grace Bandong, Business Unit Manger for Contaminants, Eurofins Food Chemistry Testing (EFCT)

  • Understanding the requirements for pesticide testing
  • Approaches to analysis of pesticides
  • Responding to regulatory requirements of extremely low LOQs

3:15 PM - Improving your Cannabis Labs Throughput and Data Quality with Cloud-Based SaaS Software - Perkin Elmer Sponsored TechTalk
Tim Cooper, Sr. Manager, Software Development, PerkinElmer

3:30 PM - What to Expect When Opening a Lab in a New State
Michael Kahn, Founder & CEO, MCR Labs

  • Understand the laboratories' role in the cannabis industry 
  • Recognize the importance of knowing state regulations and who is in charge of upholding those regulations
  • Lessons for growing your lab while maintaining quality

4:15 pm - Wrap up


Charles Deibel

Charles Deibel
President & CEO
 Deibel Labs

Charles Deibel is the President and CEO of Deibel Labs, Inc. an internationally recognized corporation of 15 testing labs in North America for over 50 years, serving the Food, Beverage, Personal Care, and Cannabis Industries. As an industry advocate, Charles has testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on important food safety concerns. He worked with the Department of Justice to help shape the legal case against Peanut Corporation of America and testified as an expert witness during the trial.  As a microbiologist, Charles uses his industry experience and scientific knowledge to aid clients in Food Safety Plan development and recovering from bacterial remediation events.  Charles is a Certified HACCP Alliance Lead Instructor, a recognized Process Authority, a PCQI Lead Instructor, and performs cGMP / HACCP system development for clients of Deibel Labs.

Kathleen May

Kathleen May
Founder & Owner
Triskele Quality Solutions

Kathleen May, Founder and Owner of Triskele Quality Solutions, has more than 20 years’ experience as a Quality professional in the pharmaceutical, medical device and cannabis industries. She has worked in every aspect of quality management systems and is a sought-after consultant in regulatory and scientific standards. In her lead role at Triskele, Kathleen offers consultation services for GMP implementation, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) development, audit readiness, validation, and training to testing laboratories, cultivation facilities, and manufacturing facilities. Kathleen is an executive member of the ASTM International Cannabis Standards Committee, D37. D37 is focused on creating quality and safety standards and guidance materials for cannabis products and processes.

Grace Bandong
Mike Kahn

Grace Bandong 
Business Unit Manager for Contaminants

Eurofins Food Chemistry Testing (EFCT)

Grace Bandong is the Business Unit Manager for Contaminants for Eurofins Food Chemistry Testing (EFCT). Grace has spent over 25 years in the food and supplement industry specializing in contaminants analysis, pesticide residue analysis and risk assessments. Over the years, Grace has developed contaminant-testing programs that support supplier verification for food manufacturers and recently, the hemp industry. Grace has developed a process for a hazards based chemical risk assessment of ingredients that has been used by companies to respond to global regulatory requirements. She is an expert chemical risk assessment in food. Grace is an active member of AOAC and is currently on the Executive Board of the AOAC Pacific Southwest section. She is currently on the Technical Committee of the US Hemp Authority. Grace received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines and her M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Houston.

Michael Kahn
Founder & CEO
MCR Labs

Mike oversees strategic planning and execution for all facets of MCR Labs’ scientific and business operations, namely the company’s expansion into new markets. His chemistry background and experience in the pharmaceutical industry has equipped him with the knowledge necessary to establish MCR as a leader in cannabis testing. As the industry has grown in the Northeast, Mike has become an advocate for patients rights and product safety, which has helped solidify MCR Labs as one of the most trusted names in the New England cannabis community.

Jessa Youngblood

Jessa Youngblood
Food & Beverage Marketing Coordinator/Cannabis Industry Specialist

Hardy Diagnostics

Jessa Youngblood is the Food, Beverage and Cannabis Market Coordinator for Hardy Diagnostics. A specialist in the field of cannabis microbiology for regulatory compliance, she is seated with the AOAC CASP committee working on standard methods for microbiological testing in cannabis and hemp.

Melanie Ross

Melanie Ross
Technical Products Developer

ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)

Melanie has over 20 years of experience in quality assurance, quality control, and quality management.  She has worked in several different industries, including chemical, biological, oil and gas, and aerospace.  Her main role in each of these industries was the development of management systems, including internal audit programs, vendor qualification procedures, and implementation of lean six sigma. Currently, Melanie is a Technical Products Developer for ANAB designing and delivering training courses and supporting client outreach through business development activities. Her role serves as a technical resource to customers, assessors, and other interested parties.

Kelly O'Connor

Kelly O'Connor
Sales Director, Key Accounts
Columbia Laboratories

Aaron Biros

Aaron Biros
Cannabis Industry Journal

Aaron Biros is the Editor-in-Chief of Cannabis Industry Journal.com (CIJ), an online business-to-business trade journal focused on the legal cannabis industry. Biros started CIJ in 2015 when he officially joined Innovative Publishing full time. Through editorial coverage of the cannabis markets, Biros has developed a familiarity with regulatory compliance, quality and safety issues as they relate to the burgeoning cannabis industry. Biros covers science and technology updates, breaking news, regulations and emerging markets from his office based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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