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January 15, 2020
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT

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3rd Annual Cannabis Labs Virtual Conference

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CannabisIndustryJournal.com is proud to present the 3rd Annual Cannabis Labs Virtual Conference. This complimentary collection of webinar presentations will help attendees better understand some of the more technical aspects of starting and operating a laboratory. We will take a deep dive into cannabis and hemp testing, THC and CBD testing, laboratory management, moisture content and water activity as well as an overview of regulations throughout the United States. Take a look at the presentations and speakers below for more information.

Attendees registering for this complimentary series of webinars will get access to five 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 15th, 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

  • Those looking to start a lab

  • Clients of laboratories including:
  • Growers
  • Processors
  • Dispensary managers
  • Stakeholders in the cannabis lab testing markets



11:00 AM - Welcome & Introductions
Aaron Biros, Editor, Cannabis Industry Journal - Host and Moderator

11:05 AM - Cannabis Testing in the United States: An overview
Charles Deibel, President & CEO, Deibel Labs, Inc.

  • Learn the current state of affairs in the United State with respect to cannabis and hemp testing. This will include a look at current regulations state-by-state for cannabis testing as well as hemp testing on a federal level.
  • Witness an in-depth discussion of various state lab testing regulations for product quality and safety testing.
  • Take a deep dive into the world of laboratory licensing and management, where Deibel will speak on his own experiences in starting a cannabis testing lab in the new market of Illinois.
  • Get the chance to ask your burning questions on all things laboratory management, emerging markets, regulations, licensing and more.

11:50 AM -  Innovations from Agilent to Simplify Cannabis Testing - Technology Spotlight - Agilent
Greg Kozadjian, Emerging Markets Business Development, Cannabis Testing, Agilent

12:05 PM - The Importance of Moisture Analysis for Cannabis Safety and Quality
Dr. Brady Carter, Sr. Applications Scientist, Neutec

  • Learn the definition and theory of water activity and moisture content and how they are different.
  • How to measure water activity and moisture content and obtain accurate and precise measurement values.
  • How to interpret water activity and moisture content testing results and how to effectively make use of them to determine and control product safety and quality.

12:50 PM - Technology Spotlight

1:05 PM - Potency Testing in Cannabis and Hemp

Philippe Henry, Chief Technology Officer, DigiPath Labs

  • Learn how cannabinoid analysis is performed in the laboratory.
  • Understand natural plant physiology and THC variation.
  • Recognize the implications of USDA guidance for Hemp potency testing.

1:50 PM - Water Activity Instrument Solutions for Cannabis Testing - Technology Spotlight: Neutec Group
Mark Haywood, Instrument Sales Specialist, Neutec Group 

2:05 PM - ISO 17025 Calibration, Traceability and Measurement Uncertainty Demystified
Heather Wade, President, Heather Wade Group, LLC

  • Attendees will learn what is meant by Calibration according to ISO/IEC 17025:2017
  • Attendees will learn what is meant by Traceability according to ISO/IEC 17025:2017.
  • Attendees will learn are basic contributors to Measurement Uncertainty in order to satisfy ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and Test Lab accreditation bodies.

2:50 PM - Technology Spotlight - ANAB
Matthew Sica, Accreditation Manager, ANAB

3:05 PM - Challenges of Microbial Testing on Cannabis and Hemp
Heather Ebling, Senior Applications & Support Manager, Medicinal Genomics

  • Describe how microbial testing requirements differ by state/country.
  • Explain why cannabis and hemp are challenging matrices for microbial testing. 
  • Compare the common microbial safety testing methods used for cannabis and hemp. 

3:50 PM - Wrap up & Final Q&A

4:00 PM - Adjournment


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.

Brady Carter

Dr. Brady Carter
Senior Application Scientist
Neutec Group

Dr. Brady Carter is a Senior Application Scientist with Neutec Group. He specializes in Water Activity and Moisture Sorption applications. Dr. Carter earned his Ph.D. and M.S Degree in Food Engineering and Crop Science from Washington State University and a B.A. Degree in Botany from Weber State University. Dr. Carter has 20 years of experience in research and development has been the instructor for water activity seminars in over 23 different countries and has provided on-site water activity training for companies around the world. He has authored over 20 white papers on water activity, moisture sorption isotherms, and complete moisture analysis. He has participated in hundreds of extension presentations and has given talks at numerous scientific conferences. He developed the shelf life simplified paradigm and hygrothermal time shelf life model and is the leading expert in applying water activity to shelf life prediction.


Philippe Henry
Heather Wade

Philippe Henry
Chief Technology Officer
DigiPath Labs

Philippe Henry is the CTO at Digipath Labs and holds a doctorate degree in population genetics from the University of British Columbia. He is the founder of VSSL.tech, a cannabis technology company focused on the development of predictive tools and portable assays to aid in compliance testing, breeding and cultivation of hemp and cannabis. He has led numerous scientific initiatives in the cannabis industry, with a strong focus on making the link between the genetic and chemotypic variation in the genus.  He has held a variety of roles in the industry, including being the former VP of R&D at The Flowr Corporation in BC, Canada, a former Technical Advisor for Medcann SAS in Colombia, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia and a scientific advisor to Lighthouse Genomics, Ceden Grow and Island Genetics.

Heather Wade
Heather Wade Group, LLC

25+ years of technical expertise and laboratory management providing pain relief to measurement headaches. A unique background in calibration, metrology, and in field, chemistry, microbiology, and physical engineering testing. Internationally sought speaker and subject matter expert and published author. Leader in international metrology community (metrology = the science of measurement, not the weather). High quality consultant to product manufacturers and to test and calibration labs on ISO 17025, risk management, decision rules, measurement uncertainty, method writing and validation, 6S, delay dating, quality assurance and quality control, root cause analysis, corrective and preventive actions, and continuous improvement. A participating and voting committee member of ASTM D37 (Cannabis) and ASTM E11.50 (Quality and Statistics: Metrology). She holds ASQ certifications as a Certified Calibration Technician and Certified Quality Auditor.

Heather Ebling

Heather Ebling
Senior Applications & Support Manager
Medicinal Genomics

Heather joined the Medicinal Genomics team in 2015 to provide technical support to both R&D and customers.  Previously, Heather was an Application Scientist supporting reagents and automation for Courtagen Life Sciences, Perkin Elmer and Beckman Coulter.  Heather began her career at the bench making DNA libraries which contributed to the sequencing of chromosome 10 of the Human Genome Project at Genome Therapeutics.  GTC was acquired by Agencourt Bioscience in 2003.  Heather continued to work with the Agencourt team through the Beckman Coulter acquisition as she transitioned into Project Management and technical customer support and training.  Heather is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology.

Greg Kozadjian

Greg Kozadjian
Emerging Markets Business Development, Cannabis Testing

With an MBA specializing in commercialization of technological innovations, Greg Kozadjian is responsible for emerging market opportunities within Agilent North America, focusing on the cannabis testing industry.  Greg guides Agilent and their customers to decipher state cannabis testing regulations. In touch with the industry’s trends, Greg has attended almost all the major cannabis tradeshows and is constantly working with licensed producers and testing labs in Canada, the US and Latin America.  His experience with cannabis material and other drugs began during his time working at the Montreal Forensics lab to develop an “Express” method analyzing 300 drugs, in urine and blood, by LC-MS. He has been exposed to the drug-development world through his experiences in the pre-clinical pharmaceutical industry.  Greg is passionate about developing the cannabis industry and reducing its stigma among the masses.


Matthew Sica

Matthew Sica
Accreditation Manager

Matthew Sica is the ANAB Accreditation Manager with responsibility for testing laboratories, reference material producers, proficiency test providers and medical laboratories.  Matt has 30 years of experience in the laboratory environment and has gained expertise in management systems, laboratory accreditation, monitoring and testing issues, proficiency testing, reference material and regulatory issues. He has served in both technical and managerial roles for chemical and microbiological disciplines. He has managed laboratories and has experience working for testing laboratories in areas ranging from chemistry and microbiology to field sampling. With many years of regulatory experience, Matt understands navigating the wide array of statutes and regulations that affect various types of laboratories. This experience lends practical application related to statutory and regulatory compliance. As a former consultant, he understands the balance between the detail of the standard and practical application of the standard requirements. He has provided a variety of management and technical training courses on chemistry, technical standards and management systems throughout the world.

Mark Haywood

Mark Haywood
Instrument Sales Specialist
Neutec Group

Mark Haywood graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a degree in Biology. His career has always evolved around sales and support of the scientific research community. In 2012 he joined Neutec Group as an Instrument sales specialist. During his time with the company he has worked with scientists on a variety of projects in many diverse industries and laboratory environments. He enjoys learning about the specific challenges laboratory's face and works with them to implement technologies for increased productivity and efficiency.

Aaron Biros

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