MARCH 22, 2022 - AGENDA

9:00 - 9:05 AM: Welcome - Bringing Together Michigan's Cannabis Science Sector

9:05 - 9:50 AM: Keynote Address

Hailing from Kentucky's premier independent hemp testing and research laboratory, KCA Laboratories, Richard Sams, PhD will give an overview of the latest scientific developments in cannabis analysis since the emergence of Δ8 and how these are translating to changes in testing applications.

9:50 - 10:10 AM: Insights of a Testing Company

An “on-the-ground” compliance lab view of sample analysis and the practical challenges faced by the testing community.

10:10 - 10:30 AM: An Analytical Standards Manufacturer Viewpoint

The growth of cannabis standards and regulations has put the onus on manufacturers to develop high-quality and reliable reagents – hear the latest.

10:30 - 10:45 AM: Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:05 AM: Prespective of an Instrumentation Company

A discussion on applications, methods and instrumentation used in cannabis testing, along with perspectives on new trends and advancements.

11:05 - 11:25 AM: Connecting the Dots - Cannabis Industry Consultant

A discussion on how innovation is the key to success of the cannabis industry, the critical role of science, and the need to interconnect it to regulation, accreditation, and policy.

11:25 AM - 12:00 PM: Panel Discussion

A group discussion of issues related to cannabis testing, applications, standards, regulation and compliance, and how the cannabis science space is evolving and what analytical labs and services must do to keep up.

  • Richard Sams, PhD, KCA Labs, Scientific Director
  • Lev Spivak-Birndorf, PhD, PSI Labs, CSO and Co-Founder
  • Jeffrey Williams, MSc, Cayman Chemical, Phytocannabinoid R&D
  • Weston Umstead, PhD, Chiral Technologies, Inc, Technology and Business Development Manager
  • Shaun Opie, PhD, E4Bioscience, Managing Partner

Panelist bios are above in their respective sessions.

12:00 - 1:15 PM: Lunch Break

1:15 - 2:00 PM: Michigan's Cannabis Laws and Legal Developments

Michigan has a comprehensive and complex set of laws regulating all facets of the cannabis industry with new legal developments arising regularly. A legal perspective will provide insight on current laws and noteworthy changes, and identify issues faced by testing labs and regulatory bodies as they grapple with new science and standards.

1:30 - 2:00 PM: State Regulation of Testing of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products

Hear about the current regulatory expectations in Michigan surrounding the testing of cannabis and related products, as well as insights on how the field is developing and what that may mean for testing services and compliance laboratories.

2:00 - 2:30 PM: The State of Cannabis Policy in Michigan

Michigan’s cannabis industry has grown rapidly, and with it the laws and administrative rules that govern it. What is the current status of governance and its interplay with Michigan’s regulatory framework, and what does the future hold from a legislative and policy perspective?

Moderated by Stephen Rapundalo, PhD, MichBio, President and CEO. Dr. Rapundalo's bio is above with the Welcome.

2:30 - 2:45 PM: Coffee Break

2:45 - 4:15 PM: Roundtable Sessions

Discussion Leaders:

2:45 - 2:50 Kickoff

2:50 - 3:15 Session One

Discussion on improving communication between testing labs, analytical standards manufacturers and Michigan's regulatory bodies.

3:15 - 3:40 Session Two

Discussion on challenges of issues that should be priorities for compliance labs. Continuing discussion on any topics brought up earlier in the event.

3:40 - 4:15 Report Out

Summary of roundtable sessions, key themes, concerns and questions. Outline of next steps to be taken to keep the momentum going.

4:15 - 4:20 PM: Closing Remarks

  • Stephen Rapundalo, PhD, MichBio, President and CEO. Dr. Rapundalo's bio is above with the Welcome.

4:20 - 5:30 PM: Networking Reception