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Complimentary Virtual Event

December 20, 2022

Complimentary Webinar

Cannabis Labs Virtual Conference

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Cannabis Labs Virtual Conference

The Cannabis Labs Virtual Conference is back! For seven 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, potency testing, fraud, regulations, sample preparation, management and much 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 December 20, 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 - Potency Inflation: The Problem, the Causes and the Solutions
Sarah Otis, Quality, R&D Manager, Anresco Laboratories
Erik Paulson, Ph.D., Lab Manager, InfiniteCAL

THC potency inflation by third-party testing labs has been an escalating feature of the cannabis industry since its legalization. In California, market forces and lack of regulation have allowed potency inflation to intensify in both its flagrancy and its pervasiveness, particularly within the last year. Two third-party testing labs in California, InfiniteCAL and Anresco, discuss how the industry got to this point, the different methods that labs use to inflate potency, and steps that can be taken to combat it. 

12:55 PM - There's So Much Cash: Best Practices for Securing, Automating and Managing Cash Handling - AvivaTech Sponsored TechTalk 
Shawn Kruger, Senior Vice President of Product & Strategy, Avivatech

There’s a better was to manage cash in cannabis businesses. This TechTalk will give an overview of cash automation, a best practice that empowers cannabis stores and dispensaries to:


  • Save labor and time with fast and accurate balancing to the POS, reducing the time it takes to count cash by 70% or more
  • Increase safety and security with automated processes that make it simple to leverage cash on hand for payments for salaries, services, product inventory ​and other expenses
  • Leverage ​an enterprise dashboard ​for visibility into trending data to reduce ​banking and logistics costs with just in time change orders and deposit pickups, proactively improve staff scheduling, and identify top budtender​s 

1:10 PM - The Laboratory Information Landscape in Cannabis Testing
James Brennan, Sales & Marketing Specialist, LabWare
Eugene Olkhov, Data Scientist, LabWare

This presentation will guide attendees through the data continuum in modern cannabis testing laboratories supported by various software solutions. The presenters will describe the business and regulatory benefits of laboratory informatics and system deployment options, challenges, and financial considerations.

  • The current flow of cannabis testing data 
  • An overview of informatics solutions for cannabis testing labs
  • Laboratory informatics and regulatory compliance
  • The impact of digital transformation on cannabis testing data 

2:00 pm -  Sponsored Tech Talk

2:15 PM - Cannabis Testing Regulations & Implications for Environmental Monitoring
Sarah Powell Price, Regulatory Expert for Food Safety & Cannabis for North America, MilliporeSigma
Anne Connors Weeks, Senior Field Marketing Manager, MilliporeSigma

Cannabis testing requirements are continuously evolving, as are analyte detection capabilities.  This presentation provides a high level overview of the latest US cannabis testing regulatory landscape and how environmental monitoring is an essential component of safety and compliance planning.

3:00 PM - Wrap up


Sara Otis

Sarah Otis
Quality, R&D Manager
Anresco Laboratories

Sarah Otis is the Manager of Quality and R&D Projects for Anresco Laboratories in San Francisco, California. Sarah is an analytical chemist with over a decade of experience in the cannabis industry spanning multiple legalized States. Sarah’s expertise is in quality assurance and regulatory compliance and for the last 7 years she has been focusing her skill set and efforts on advancing regulatory and R&D testing and laboratory operations for cannabis and hemp testing laboratories. Her experience and knowledge also branch into other aspects of the industry such as licensing, cultivation, extraction, and cannabis infused product formulation and production.


Erik Paulson

Erik Paulson
Lab Manager

Erik grew up in San Diego, CA, and received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of California, Riverside. He continued his studies in Riverside to obtain a teaching credential and then taught high school chemistry in Burbank, CA, for five years. His passion for learning brought him back to San Diego to study organometallic chemistry in the Joint Doctoral Program at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. His projects involved the development of catalysts for the selective migrations of double bonds in organic molecules. Erik’s focus since joining Infinite in 2019 has been the validation and development of potency, residual solvent, and terpenes analyses.


James Brennan

James Brennan
Sales & Marketing Specialist

James focuses on laboratory informatics solutions for cannabis testing, biopharmaceutical, and other life sciences industries. James earned his BS in biochemistry from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and his MS in chemistry from St. Joseph’s University. He started his career at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in the Pharmacology and Developmental Chemotherapy laboratories developing and validating bioanalytical methods for novel anticancer drugs. In 1996, James moved to DuPont Pharmaceuticals at the Stine-Haskell Research Center. In the Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics Section, he supported regulated bioanalysis for the clinical trials of Sustiva (efavirenz), an antiviral medicine that prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from multiplying. Focusing more on developing bioanalytical and pharmacokinetic data handling, storage, and retrieval methods led to a career dedicated to bioanalytical informatics, most recently at LabWare. 


Eugene Olkhov
Data Scientist

Eugene focuses on building analytics and data science solutions in a variety of different domains, including the cannabis testing space. Eugene earned his BA in Psychology from Arcadia University and his MS in Business Analytics from Drexel University.  He started his career working in behavioral research at various institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University, where he learned that his passion lied in making more immediate impacts in organizations by helping to make data-driven decisions. After obtaining his Master's degree, Eugene joined CompassRed, a data science and analytics firm, as a data scientist who worked on a variety of different analytics service projects, helping organizations make the most out of their data. More recently, CompassRed was acquired by LabWare, and while continuing some service work, Eugene has transitioned into using his skills and knowledge to help develop product solutions both in the cannabis testing space, as well as enabling analytics for other LabWare customers.

Sarah Powell Price

Sarah Powell Price
Regulatory Expert for Food Safety & Cannabis for North America

Joined MilliporeSigma in 2020 as a Regulatory Expert for Food Safety & Cannabis for North America. Previously, she served as Director of Lab Operations at a biotech startup in Boston and Food Lab Supervisor at the New York City Department of Health Public Health Laboratory.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Hamilton College, MSc in Microbiology & Immunology from James Cook University in Australia and did continuing coursework in public health and foodborne disease at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. She’s an industry associate member of the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), International Association of Food Protection, Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and AOAC Cannabis Analytical Science Program. 

Anne Connors Weeks

Anne Connors Weeks
Senior Field Marketing Manager

Anne Connors is a Senior Field Marketing Manager at MilliporeSigma, specializing in industrial microbiology applications. Anne’s areas of expertise are in Environmental Monitoring, well as pharmaceutical microbiology regulations. Anne holds a B.S. in Organismal Biology and has over 15 years of industry experience. Previous to her role at MilliporeSigma, she was a Senior Scientist in QC Microbiology, specializing in validation and method development and as a subject matter expert.  

Shawn Kruger

Shawn Kruger
Vice President of Product & Strategy

Shawn Kruger leads product and market strategy, implementation and execution at Avivatech LLC, a leading cash automation solution provider. Prior to joining Avivatech, Kruger led global business strategy initiatives and execution oversight at ARCA Worldwide, where she was instrumental in the design and execution of cash management automation solutions. Additionally, she held the position of Strategic Management Consultant at Brink’s Inc. where she spearheaded the development lifecycle securing cash logistics, armored transportation and ATM services.

Aaron Biros

Aaron Biros

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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