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Complimentary Virtual Conference

January 25, 2022
12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM ET

Complimentary Webinar

Cannabis Labs Virtual Conference

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Cannabis Labs Virtual Conference

The Cannabis Labs Virtual Conference continues into 2022. For six 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 cannabis testing, laboratory accreditation, lean management, hemp testing, R&D testing, microbiology and more. Take a look at the presentations and speakers below for more information.

Attendees registering for this complimentary series of webinars will get access to seven 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 January 25th, 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 - What does Lean Mean to the World of Cannabis Testing?
Rob Radke, President, Method Testing Labs

  • What is Lean?
  • How can Lean process implementation enhance quality in a lab setting and what does this mean for customers?
  • Why is this unique and effective in the cannabis industry?

12:55 PM - Hardy Diagnostics Sponsored TechTalk 
Jessa Youngblood, Food & Beverage Market Coordinator II, Hardy Diagnostics

1:10 PM - How Cannabis Labs Can Prepare for Accreditation?
Renee Delauter, Cannabis Program Manager, A2LA

  • When to apply for your lab’s accreditation
  • What to expect during your ISO/IEC 17025 audit
  • Guidance on how to approach deficiency findings

2:00 pm - Microbial Detection Solutions for Cannabis Testing - Bio-Rad Sponsored Tech Talk
Helen Fong, Product Manager, Food Science Division, Bio-Rad

Bio-Rad provides solutions to detect harmful bacteria in cannabis and cannabis-infused products, including screening for both Salmonella and STEC pathogens.

2:15 PM - The Challenges and Benefits of National Standardization for Hemp Testing
Dillon Burns, Lab Manager, Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs

  • Review of current hemp regulatory programs
  • Why standardization is crucial
  • Shortcomings of the regulation

3:00 PM - Sponsored TechTalk

3:15 PM - R&D Lab Testing: Ensuring Success with Results
Christian Sweeney, President, Sonoma Labs

  • How R&D lab testing can help you
  • Prepare for compliance batches
  • Successfully launch new products
  • Amp up your quality control

4:00 pm - Wrap up


Rob Radke

Rob Radke
President & Co-Founder
 Method Testing Labs

Rob co-founded Method Testing Labs and is an experienced cannabis, operations and finance leader. Rob’s experience includes building and leading teams, commercializing new products, mergers & acquisitions, turnarounds, restructurings and fundraising. Rob has completed over $6 billion in transactions from small real estate purchases to highly complex and large acquisitions. Prior to Method Testing Labs, Rob was a senior executive with a large private cannabis company.


Renee Delauter

Renee Delauter
Cannabis Program Manager

Renee Delauter is the Cannabis Testing Laboratory Accreditation Program Manager at A2LA. She joined A2LA in September 2019 and successfully completed the A2LA Assessor Orientation course a month later. She supports the day-to-day operations of accreditation, by assisting A2LA customers in obtaining and maintaining accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard. Renee also manages assessor reports, responses from applicants and accredited CABs (spell out this first CAB acronym), and the status of deficiencies with the CABs and ensures they are reviewed and evaluated in a timely manner.


Dillon Burns

Dillion Burns
Laboratory Manager

Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs

Dillon earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from San Diego State University while conducting research on the synthesis and characterization of novel fluorescent compounds. He went on to earn his master’s degree in Chemistry from SDSU, and has since applied his knowledge to the cannabis industry. Dillon is one of the first scientists to join the ICAL team and has quickly become an invaluable asset. As much as he loves screening for pesticides, Dillon also enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and exploring California’s beautiful national parks with his dog, Luna. 

Chris Sweeney

Christian Sweeney

Sonoma Lab Works

With a background in Chemistry and Food Science from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and The Ohio State University, Christian has focused his career on the analysis, extraction, and utilization of natural ingredients for both their bioactive and organoleptic properties.  From researching anthocyanins in fruits and vegetables, to developing cutting-edge processes for natural extraction of coffee, tea, and hops, his driving focus has been to maintain the nutritive and sensorial attributes of horticultural products while converting them into usable ingredients.  For the last five years, he brought his experience to the cannabis industry first as VP of Science & Technology at Cannabistry, one of the leading cannabis research & development organizations in the nation.  In 2020, he joined Sonoma Lab Works as President where his focus is on guiding their phenomenal clients towards sustainable and consistent success while ensuring the safety of products in the California market.

Jessa Youngblood
Food & Beverage Market Coordinator II
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.

Helen Fong
Product Manager, Food Science Division
Bio-Rad Laboratories

Helen Fong is the Molecular Food Diagnostics Product Manager for Bio-Rad Laboratories. She is responsible for developing and supporting Bio-Rad’s food and cannabis testing products and providing fast, accurate and reliable solutions to the food and cannabis industries.   

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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