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Complimentary Virtual Conference

June 29, 2021
12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM ET

Complimentary Webinar

Cannabis Extraction Virtual Conference

The Cannabis Extraction Virtual Conference is here! We are hosting this complimentary collection of webinar presentations, designed to help attendees better understand some of the more technical aspects of the cannabis extraction market. We will take a deep dive into cannabis and hemp extraction, supercritical CO2 extraction, post-processing, risk management, hazards and controls, optimization, closed loop hydrocarbon extraction, machine learning algorithms 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 veterans in the cannabis extraction space, who are all available for Q&A after each presentation. In addition to getting the opportunity to chat with these subject matter experts on June 29, a recording of the presentations will be made available to all who register.

Practical and educational information from experts in the cannabis extraction market, all on the same day and all from the comfort of your home or office. Want real inside knowledge on cannabis extraction? Sign up today!

Who Should Attend:

  • Cannabis extraction personnel
  • Extraction Lab managers, Chemists, Extractors
  • Investors in extraction operations
  • Dispensary managers
  • Distributors, growers, and those looking to learn more about cannabis extraction


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

12:05 PM - Hazards and Controls of Extraction with Liquified Petroleum Gases (LPG)
Alex Hearding, Chief Risk Management Officer, NCRMA

  • Identifying the common hazards of extracting with LPG (butane and propane) 
  • Understanding the where to find guidelines and standards for safe extraction practices
  • Introduction to best practices for: selecting equipment, extraction room construction, and filling LPG extraction equipment 

12:55 PM -  Environmental Monitoring in Cannabis Production and Processing - TechTalk Sponsored by MilliporeSigma
Tim Cser, Senior Technology Specialist, MilliporeSigma

Environmental monitoring measures the microbial content in the air and surfaces.  In particular, Aspergillus spores can be a dangerous contaminant in the Cannabis environment.  Learn about viable surface/air sampling and various techniques that can be used to capture microbial contaminants in your environment.

1:10 PM - Slow is Smooth & Smooth is Fast! Understanding the Kinetics & Thermodynamics of Cannabis Extraction
Dr. Markus Roggen, Founder & CEO, Complex Biotech Discovery Ventures (CBDV)

Cannabis extraction operations focus on extraction yields. This is an imprecise way to think about production. Defining the yield as yield per pound of biomass is very difference to yield per hour. And yield should not be the only focus for extractors. Quality of extract, cost of extraction, loss in post-processing, all these aspects should be considered too.

Our laboratory undertook extensive experimental studies on the extraction behavior of various solvents. We furthermore analyzed thousands of real-world extractions, from various producers and for different instruments to build a machine learning algorithm that can optimize extraction processes autonomously.

  • Just pumping more solvent through the system does not necessary speed up extraction.
  • How to track the extraction process to form a basis for improvements.
  • Why it is time to move beyond ‘quality in, quality out’ and yield as the benchmarks for a successful extraction operation.

2:00 PM - AuditProHBX - A New Tool for Operational Compliance in the Cannabis Industry - Tech Talk sponsored by AuditPro
Tony Martinez, Senior Vice President & General Manager, AuditPro

2:15 PM - The Quest to Discover the Limits of CO2 Extraction
Jeremy Diehl, Co-Founder & CTO, Green Mill Supercritical

  • Why cannabis and hemp extraction is as much art as science, and how modifying and manipulating extraction methodologies and conditions can result in more refined products and significant cost savings.
  • The true process of innovation in the CO2extraction space and what it takes to craft more sophisticated, pure and interesting cannabis and hemp products. 
  • Why the bottom line of any extraction business must be tied to product innovation in an industry that is constantly evolving and refining its science to create more and better products.

3:00 PM - Breaking the Limits with Solvent Recovery - Tech Talk sponsored by Heidolph Instruments
Jürgen Heyder, Business Development Manager for Rotary Evaporation, Heidolph Instruments

3:15 PM - The Future of Cannabis Concentrates: Developments in Hydrocarbon Extraction & Manufacturing
Michelle Sprawls, Laboratory Director, CULTA

  • What is closed loop hydrocarbon extraction
  • What products can you make with this type of extraction method
  • What are the advancements for manufacturing and new techniques  

4:00 PM - Process Scale UP in the Cannabis/Hemp Industry
Darwin Millard, Committee Vice Chair, ASTM International

Darwin Millard will provide real-world examples of the consequences of improper process scale up and the significance of equipment specifications, certifications and inspections, and the importance of vendor qualifications and the true cost of improper design specifications.

4:45 PM - Event Wrap Up


Hearding Alex

Alex Hearding
Chief Risk Management Officer

Alex Hearding has an educational and professional background as a water and soil scientist and safety professional. He has legally cultivated marijuana as a medical caregiver and as a facility manger in a licensed greenhouse. He has experience starting marijuana businesses including license application, facility design, construction, operational development, and management. He currently provides services including occupational safety & health services and training and risk management for the cannabis industry.

Dr. Markus Roggen

Markus Roggen, Ph.D.
Founder & CEO
Complex Biotech Discovery Ventures (CBDV)

Dr. Markus Roggen’s latest project, Complex Biotech Discovery Ventures, is a fundamental research laboratory and CRO for the cannabis and hemp industries. His research interests lie in the metabolite composition and behavior throughout the production cycle, extraction optimization, and development of innovative therapeutic formulations. Dr. Roggen received his M/Sci degree from Imperial College, London, UK in 2008. He then pursued his graduate degree in organic chemistry at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ), where he received his PhD in 2012. Dr. Roggen was awarded an DAAD postdoctoral fellowship to pursue further training in physical organic chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla from 2013-2014. He then entered the cannabis industry, at first as laboratory director for Davinci Laboratories of California, an analytical laboratory from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, he moved into an executive position overseeing production, R&D and process optimization for OutCo, a vertically integrated cannabis company. Dr. Roggen is also a trusted advisor and mentor to multiple startups, startup accelerators and organizations. Positions include advisory positions at Bloom Automation, a cannabis robotics company, and former MediPharm Labs, a Canadian LP, and co-chair of the NCIA Scientific Advisory Committee.


Jeremy Diehl
Co-Founder & CTO
Green Mill Supercritical 

An industry visionary, Jeremy Diehl is the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Green Mill Supercritical, where he propels cannabis CO2 extraction beyond known limits and develops machinery with the maximum pressure control, temperature and flow rate of any extraction system currently available. In his role, Diehl is helping to create the future of CO2 extraction through the boundary-pushing technology synonymous with Green Mill Supercritical.


Michelle Sprawls
Laboratory Director

Michelle Sprawls has been diversifying her role in the cannabis industry since 2013. She used her background in biological sciences to transition into cannabis extraction. After developing her skillset and establishing best practices during the extraction processes, Michelle joined Maryland owned cannabis company CULTA in 2018 and is currently the Laboratory Director. Michelle graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S in Microbiology and is certified in Closed Loop Hydrocarbon Extraction machinery, Adsorbent Filtration & Chromatography for Closed Loop Hydrocarbon Extraction, and Chemistry for Hashmakers.



Tony Martinez
Senior Vice President & General Manager

Tony is the Senior Vice-President & General Manager of AuditPro where he is responsible for Strategy & Operations of Product, Sales, and Customer Success. For more than 20 years Tony has worked in highly regulated industries successfully leading revenue and profit growth at start-ups, high-growth, and Fortune 500 companies. In the cannabis industry Tony has helped companies utilize software to set up Safety & Compliance programs that reduce the risk of non-compliance. Tony has also worked with states to help them gather and analyze data that drives education & support programs to improve overall safety of the cannabis industry.

Jürgen Heyder
Business Development Manager for Rotary Evaporation
Heidolph Instruments

Mr. Heyder has been with Heidolph for 12 years and is responsible for identifying trends and new market requirements inside the field of rotary evaporation in close cooperation with researchers worldwide. One of his main tasks is to transfer these findings into innovative products to create additional values and to increase the efficiency inside the related fields of research and pilot production.

Darwin Millard
Vice Chair, D37.04 on Processing & Handling of Cannabis
ASTM International

Darwin Millard is an active member of ASTM International’s technical committee D37 on Cannabis which is an international group dedicated to the development of voluntary consensus standards for the global cannabis/hemp industry. Darwin is the Subcommittee Vicechair of D37.04 on Processing and Handling of Cannabis and Cannabis-derived Products, and the Co-chair of Subcommittee D37.07 on Industrial Hemp. He has been active in cannabis policy change and an advocate of the cannabis plant for over a decade.

Darwin Millard specializes in mechanical and solvent based extraction methodologies for isolating highly volatile terpenophenolic secondary metabolites from botanicals. For the past 15-years, Darwin has been focusing on the extraction and manufacture of nutraceutical products comprising of phytocannabinoids and other bioactive constituents from the cannabis plant. He works with clients to design and implement cost-effective built-for-purpose phytocannabinoid processing and herbal product manufacturing solutions.

Aaron Biros

Tim Cser
Senior Technology Specialist

Tim Cser is a Senior Technology Specialist with MilliporeSigma.  Tim graduated in 1997 from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Microbiology with an emphasis on Industrial Microbiology.  Tim started his career with Clorox working on antimicrobial effectiveness studies.  He continued his career at Biolog where he gained 7 years of experience with microbial identifications.  For the last 15 years he’s worked at MilliporeSigma in a variety of roles involving Pharmaceutical/Biotech QC Microbiology.  Tim has written a chapter in the PDA Environmental Monitoring book in addition to speaking and training at the PDA in Brazil.

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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