Conference Agenda

Curated by The Emerald Conference’s Scientific Committee, the 2-day Emerald Conference will deliver dedicated cutting-edge content targeting these cannabis science Interest Areas including:  Pre-Clinical / Clinical Research, Cultivation and Alternative Strategies, Extraction and Separation, Formulation and Fill/Finish, Analytical Testing Solutions.

Sunday, February 27, 2022

4:00pm - 8:30pm

Registration Open

4:00pm - 8:30pm

Exhibitor Move-In

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Welcome Reception

Monday, February 28, 2022

7:30am - 8:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:30am - 8:45am

Welcome Remarks

Speaker: Chris Walsh, CEO, MJBiz

8:45am - 9:15am


Speaker: Dr. Daniele Piomelli, Distinguished Professor, University of California Irvine


9:15am - 9:45am

Lean Cultivation: How AI and a Digital Twin Model Can Revolutionize Cultivation

Speaker: Ian Seiferling, CEO, Adaviv Inc.

Crops are Complex.  In this session, Ian will explore the opportunity to leverage plant-level data and AI to capture opportunities in cannabis cultivation workflows for labor hour reduction, quality yields and harvest to harvest production consistency… Click here for full abstract

9:45am - 10:45am

Morning Break & Exhibit Hall

10:45am - 11:15am

An Evaluation of Growing Environment on the Production of Secondary Metabolites in Cannabis Plants

Speaker: Scott Churchill, VP of Scientific Development, MCR Labs

Do growing conditions on clones of the same cannabis plant impact composition? Scott Churchill and team set out to determine just this by sampling four different strains of cannabis.  He will tell you all about the findings in this session… Click here for full abstract

11:15am - 11:45am

The Path to Seedless Cannabis: How Triploid Sterile Varieties Can Help Farmers Stop Worrying About Unwanted Pollen

Speaker: Richard Philbrook, Scientist – Molecular Biology, Dark Heart Nursery

Cultivators currently spend money and effort on pollen detection and filtering systems to stop unwanted fertilization in their grow operations, but there is another path insight.  In this presentation, Richard Philbrook will discuss how him and his team have used ploidy manipulation to produce… Click here for full abstract

11:45am - 12:45pm

Networking Luncheon

12:45pm - 1:15pm

Artificial Intelligence for Craft Cannabis Products

Speaker: Dr. Markus Roggen, President & CSO, Delic Labs

Extraction optimization.  It is not all about yields and is more than one thinks. Dr. Markus Roggen and team undertook extensive experimental studies on the extraction behavior of various elements… Click here for full abstract

1:15pm - 1:45pm

Purification of Cannabis Extracts using Polysaccharide-Based ‘Nanosponge’ Adsorbents

Speaker: Dr. Christopher J. Cordier, Head of Chemistry Research, Grow Group PLC

Optimizing extraction selectivity for target species while minimizing the co-extraction of unwanted contaminants can suffer from reduced extraction efficiency, lower yields, and batch inconsistency.  Dr. Christopher J. Cordier will describe the development of cyclodextrin-derived nanosponges that selectively bind hydrophobic cannabinoids and terpenes by encapsulation within uniquely shaped molecular-scale cavities……Click here for full abstract

1:45pm - 2:15pm

Producing Safe and Compliant Extracts and Isolates of Cannabinoids using Eco-Sustainable Separation Technologies

Speaker: Gerard S. Rosse, Ph.D., Owner & President, Arrival Discovery LLC

Safe and Green. The future of the hemp/cannabis industry is dependent on having the ability to ensure consumers safety by consistently producing regulation-compliant formulations of extracts and isolates.  A newly developed design will be examined…. Click here for full abstract

2:15pm - 2:45pm

Solving Cannabis Consistency and Bioavailability Problems through Nanoemulsion Technology

Speaker: David Durkee, Ph.D., Vice President of New Ventures, Quicksilver Scientific

Consistency is key.  David is going to take a look at the Pharmacokinetic testing data, science and research behind the latest advances in nanoemulsion technology that provide greater bioavailability and improved consistency for hemp products… Click here for full abstract

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Afternoon Break & Exhibits

3:45pm - 4:15pm

Droplet Size Analysis of Emulsions and Nanoemulsions

Speaker: Mark Bumiller, Technology Manager, Entegris, Inc.

Beverage-based cannabis products have created interest in formulating and manufacturing stable oil in water emulsions.  It is all about the droplet size but Mark Bumiller will cover in more detail…. Click here for full abstract

4:15pm - 4:45pm

Raising Awareness: The Implementation of Medical Cannabis and Psilocybin Used as An Adjunct Therapy in the Treatment of Advanced Metastatic Breast Cancer

Speaker: Jaime Brambila, Founder & VP, Grace Health & Wellness

Over the last 15 years there has been a growing body of in-vitro and in-vivo evidence that support the antineoplastic properties of cannabinoids and more recently psychedelics.  Jaime Brambila will present data that indicates evidence for… Click here for full abstract

4:45pm - 5:30pm

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Evening Reception

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

7:30am - 8:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:30am - 9:00am

Comprehensive Comparison of Cannabis Cultivars Using Untargeted Analytical Workflows

Speaker: Dr. Aldwin Anterola, Chief Scientific Officer, Veda Scientific

Terpene characterizations is important in cannabis analysis, but much remains unknown about the diverse odorants of cannabis and cultivar distinctions.  In Dr. Aldwin Anterola’s study, 12 cultivars are compared utilizing comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography… Click here for full abstract

9:00am - 9:30am

The Aroma Volatiles of Cannabis – How Terpene Synthases Create Chemical Diversity

Speaker: Bernd Mark Lange, Chief Scientific Officer, Dewey Scientific

Plant genomes often contain large families of genes that code for terpene synthases and, for the development of varietal improvement strategies, it is thus essential to determine or predict the function(s) of these genes.  Bernd Mark Lange and team have been using both experimental and computational modeling approaches to better understand… Click here for full abstract

9:30am - 10:00am

A Novel LC/MS/MS Method with Dual Ion Source for Analysis of 102 Pesticides and 5 Mycotoxins in Hemp

Speaker: Dr. Avinash Dalmia, Senior Principal Application Scientist, PerkinElmer

Normally pesticide analysis in hemp and other food matrices is done by both GC/MS/MS and LC/MS/MS since some nonpolar and chlorinated pesticides such as pentachloronitrobenzene, endosulfan, etridiazole, fenvalerate, iprodione, chlorfenapyr and others are difficult to ionize with electrospray source used in LC/MS/MS systems.  Dr. Avinash Dalmia and team demonstrate how they have used LC/MS/MS with APCI source to measure these pesticides at low levels… Click here for full abstract

10:00am - 11:00am

Morning Break & Exhibits

11:00am - 11:30am

Genomic Tools for Cannabis sativa and Psilocybe Cubensis

Speaker: Kevin J. McKernan, Founder & CSO, Medicinal Genomics

With many cannabis reference genomes now public, scientists are able to up their game in cannabis and psilocybe cubenis research.  Using Pacific Biosciences HiFi sequencing and Phase Genomics Proximity litigation assay (HiC), Kevin McKernan and his team… Click here for full abstract

11:30am - 12:00pm

Patient Data and Plant Medicine: Ask the Right Questions

Speaker: Mara Gordon, CTO, Octopi Wellness

Over a decade of data based upon copious amount of information on patients, including full patient and family histories.  Mara Gordon is going to present the data that physicians can use to make confident decisions… Click here for full abstract

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Networking Luncheon

1:00pm - 1:30pm

The Dosing Project: An Analysis of Adverse Events & Effective Dosages for Cannabis Products

Speaker: Dr. Jean Talleyrand, Chief Medical Officer, The CESC

The Dosing Project™ is a non-interventional surveillance study platform investigating the acute effects of Cannabis products used in a naturalistic setting.  Dr. Jean Talleyrand will review him and his team’s work discovering… Click here for full abstract

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Topical Administration of a Silica-Encapsulated Endocannabinoid to Treat Cutaneous Lupus Lesions in an MRL/lpr Model

Speaker: Dr. Jay Blankenship, SVP of Development, Zylö Therapeutics

Approximately 500,000 people in the US suffer from cutaneous lupus erythematosus.  Treatment options remain limited but a growing body of research demonstrates that the endocannabinoid system modulates inflammation and promotes homeostasis… Click here for full abstract

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Afternoon Break & Exhibits

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Closing Featured Session

Session info coming soon!

3:00pm - 3:15pm

Closing Remarks