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Cannabis Labs Virtual Conference

June 14 @ 12:00 pm - 4:10 pm UTC+0

The Cannabis Labs Virtual Conference is back! 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, R&D testing, authenticity 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 June 14, 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 - Protecting Consumer Health: The Need for More Stringent Lab Testing Rules
Milan Patel, CEO, PathogenDx

  • The current problems with testing in the cannabis industry.  (Loose regulation and enforcement, allowing operators without scruples to endanger consumers, E.G. increasing moisture to products to increase weight, while also increasing risk of mold.
  • Potential solutions to this problem. (Bring more attention to the problem, states need to follow CGMP for recreational markets, companies should test at every step of the supply chain)
  • Why this matters (beyond protecting consumers, this will help protect the reputation of the industry and individual companies within it.)

12:55 PM - AOAC International Microbial Requirements for Cannabis Testing - Millipore Sigma Sponsored TechTalk 
Maria Nelson, Technical Consultant, AOAC International

1:10 PM - Why use an Accredited Laboratory to Test your Cannabis 
Tracy Szerszen, President & Operations Manager, Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation (PJLA)

This presentation will educate listeners on the various aspects laboratories must meet in order to obtain ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation. This will include an overview of what the ISO/IEC 17025 standard mandates on laboratories, the accreditation process and timelines as well as best practices to become prepared for an assessment. Utilizing an accredited laboratory is critical to this market resulting in less retesting and reliable results to support safe products.

2:00 pm - TBA Sponsored Tech Talk

2:15 PM - How Authenticity Testing Can Help Cannabis Businesses
Dr. Arun Krishnamurthy, NMR Spectroscopist, Purity-IQ

  • NMR and cannabis, an innovative analytical tool
  • How CAPS measures product quality
  • How to improve your bottom line

3:05 PM - Sponsored TechTalk

3:20 PM - TBD

4:10 pm - Wrap up


Milan Patel

Mr. Patel leads the strategic vision, financial health and global growth of PathogenDx, a Scottsdale, AZ based company which provides disruptive DNA-based pathogen testing technology and solutions for the botanical, food and agricultural industries. Previously, Mr. Patel spent over 25 years working with large public, small private and entrepreneurial companies in numerous fields from the life sciences, to biotechnology, to government services and the automotive industry. Milan served as COO/CFO of GMSbiotech. Previously, Mr. Patel spent over 25 years working with large public, small private and entrepreneurial companies in numerous fields from the life sciences, to biotechnology, to government services and the automotive industry. Milan served as COO/CFO of GMSbiotech. He also was CFO of 2020.

Tracy Szerszen
President & Operations Manager
Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation (PJLA)

Tracy Szerszen is the President and Operations Manager of Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation (PJLA), a private third- party accreditation body for the past 11 years and formerly the Audit Logistics Manager for Perry Johnson Registrars a Quality and Environmental ISO Certification Body for 6 years. Her primary responsibilities include the direct oversight of the operation, accreditation and sales activities for PJLA.

Dr. Arun Krishnamurthy
NMR Spectroscopist

Arun Krishnamurthy was born and raised in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. He obtained his B.Sc. (2009) and M.Sc. (2011) degrees in Chemistry from Bangalore University. After his master's, he worked at PerkinElmer India (Mumbai) as a technical specialist for a year, and as a project assistant at the NMR Research Center, Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore from 2013 to 2015, with a focus on metabolomics and structural analysis of peptides and other organic molecules using multidimensional NMR. He joined Prof. Scott Kroeker's research group at the University of Manitoba in 2016 and earned his PhD on structural characterization of inorganic glasses using solid-state NMR in October 2021, along with several awards and recognitions. He has published seven NMR research papers on various topics and filed one patent. Arun joined Purity-IQ as an NMR spectroscopist in April 2022 and is currently developing methods for extracting metabolites from botanicals and building spectral libraries for determining species identities and batch consistencies.

Maria Nelson
Technical Consultant
AOAC International

Maria Nelson has worked with the AOAC RI and AOAC INTERNATIONAL since 2003 as a technical consultant coordinating microbiology and chemistry method validation studies in the Performance Tested MethodsSM (PTM) and Official Methods of AnalysisSM (OMA) programs. Nelson also served as a technical advisor for AOAC contract-related activities and microbiology validation guidelines. She has worked in the biotechnology industry developing a variety of test methods using many techniques, with 6 years specifically in developing and validating microbiological test kits. Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology and a master’s degree in microbiology from the University of California, Davis. Maria can be reached at maria@mtfnconsults.com.

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.


June 14
12:00 pm - 4:10 pm UTC+0

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