12:00 PM - Welcome & Introductions
Aaron Biros, Editor, CannabisIndustryJournal.com - Host and Moderator
12:05 PM - qPCR vs Plating: Which is Right for Your Lab?
Heather Ebling, Manager of Applications and Support, Medicinal Genomics
- Compare the differences between molecular and culture based microbial testing
- Explain the advantages and disadvantages of both testing options
- Better evaluate these two microbial testing options
12:55 PM - What can qPCR do for your Laboratory? - TechTalk - Sponsored by Medicinal Genomics
Nick Lawson, Field Application Scientist, Medicinal Genomics
Not only is qPCR the most accurate, scalable, and reliable technology for microbial testing on cannabis--it is also the most flexible. With Medicinal Genomics qPCR Assays, your cannabis testing lab can offer gender testing, plant pathogen screening, and environmental screening using the same qPCR technology used for microbial testing. This means your lab can offer additional value to your clients without having to train staff on a new process and equipment.
1:10 PM - Cannabis Laboratory Accreditation Panel
Tracy Szerszen, President & Operations Manager, Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation (PJLA)
Dimitrios Katsieris, Sr. Global Manager, Testing Laboratories & Food Accreditation Programs, IAS
Jason Stine, Senior Director of Accreditation, ANAB
Anna Williams, Accreditation Supervisor, American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)
Kathy Nucifora, Chief Operating Officer, COLA
- This panel, moderated by Cannabis Industry Journal editor Aaron Biros, will go in-depth into the new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 version, changes from the 2005 version and the new transition timeline mandated by ILAC.
- Learn some of the common challenges labs face when seeking accreditation.
- Learn about sampling protocols, security issues, statements of conformance, calibration and much more.
2:00 PM - Your results are only as accurate as your reference standard Tech Talk - Sponsored by MilliporeSigma
Michael Hurst, Global Product Manager- Reference Materials, MilliporeSigma
Whether you are developing a new analytical method, calibrating instrumentation, or running routine controls, high quality Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) are central to your cannabis QC testing. But what exactly is a CRM anyways? Do they differ from Reference Materials or Analytical Standards? And if so, how? This discussion, hosted by MilliporeSigma, will guide you through an introduction to the hierarchy of Reference Materials and their associated quality systems. We will also outline key components of a CRM’s most important feature: its Certificate of Analysis (CoA). In addition, we will also highlight the development of new multi-analyte cannabinoid mixes by our Cerilliant® team. These new mixes will serve as case studies for the importance of robust accelerated and real-time stability studies. Join us to learn more, and feel free to come with questions.
2:15 PM - Tech Talk - Sponsored by Columbia Labs
Kelly O'Connor, Client Service Representative, Columbia Labs
2:25 PM - Don't Hold Your Breath: Smoke/Vapor Analysis & Quantifying Quality
Markus Roggen, Ph.D., Complex Biotech Discovery Ventures
- There are chemical changes occurring when a cannabis product is burned/vaporized.
- How is the testing of such aerosols/gasses performed?
- What can such smoking tests tell us? How do they help in product development?
3:15 PM - Tech Talk - Sponsored by Hardy Diagnostics
Jessa Youngblood, Food & Beverage Marketing Coordinator/Cannabis Industry Specialist, Hardy Diagnostics
3:30 PM - Progress in Creating Standards and Standard Methods for the Cannabis Community
Scott Coates, Senior Director, AOAC Research Institute
Christopher Dent, Manager for Standards Development & Official Methods of Analysis, AOAC International
- Learn how standards are developed and how the standards are used.
- Learn about the Official Methods for cannabis.
- Training opportunities.
- Proficiency testing.
4:15 pm - An Introduction to COLA's ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Accreditation Service for Cannabis Laboratories - TechTalk sponsored by COLA
Kathy Nucifora, MPH, MT(ASCP), Chief Operating Officer, COLA
In this presentation, Ms. Nucifora will provide an overview of the accreditation process, tips for success, and the methods COLA assessors will reply upon to evaluate your cannabis laboratory for conformity to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard. COLA itself is ISO 9001:2015 certified and, as such, has many years’ experience with initial assessment, surveillance audits and re-certification. In addition to introducing you to COLA’s accreditation program, Ms. Nucifora will share her insights about how best to prepare for laboratory accreditation and the commitment needed to ensure technical competency and continuous quality management.
4:30 pm - Wrap up