2022 Poster Presentations

Monday, February 28

4:45pm - 5:30pm

Exposing the Therapeutic Potential of Cannabigerolic Acid (CBGA); A Review

Poster #: 6

Presenter: Daniel Gana, Cannabis Researcher, Life Research Co.

Cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) is the first cannabinoid synthesized in Cannabis sativa L, hence the nickname “the mother of all cannabinoids”… Click here for full abstract


Analysis of 18 Residual Solvents from Cannabis Matrix by FET Headspace on a Zebron™ ZB-624PLUS GC Column

Poster #: 11

Presenter: Richard Jack, Global Market Development Manager, Phenomenex

California has stringent testing requirements for residual solvents in cannabis products with MRLs for Category 1 at 1 ppm and Category 2 MRLs ranging from 290 – 5000 ppm… Click here for full abstract


Applications of Direct Analysis in Real Time – High-resolution Mass Spectrometry to the Analysis of Cannabis sativa Plant Material and Derived Products

Poster #: 3

Presenter: Megan I. Chambers, Graduate Research Assistant, University at Albany – SUNY

As the Cannabis industry grows and evolves, new testing methods must be developed to analyze the myriad of product types infused with cannabinoids or derived from Cannabis sativa… Click here for full abstract


The Extraction and Analysis of Cannabinoids using a New Simple Platform

Poster #: 15

Presenter: Matthew Kaizoji, Territory Sales Manager, CEM

With the increasing legalization of cannabis throughout the United States, there is a need for the analysis of the cannabinoid content in cannabis plant material and products… Click here for full abstract


Quadrupole Mass Spectrometric Analytical Solutions for Measuring Pesticides, Terpenes, and Residual Solvents

Poster #: 13

Presenter: Kirk Jensen, Applications Chemist, JEOL USA, Inc.

Regulatory testing of cannabis products typically includes pesticide and residual solvent chemical classes. There is also an increasing need for terpene profile analysis to ensure cannabis products are being tailored to market demand… Click here for full abstract


Cannabis Plant Pathogens Observed In-Vitro in Laboratory Settings

Poster #: 24

Presenter: Luis Romero, Tissue Culture Technician, Emergent Cannabis Sciences

Although agriculture is a main focus of research, laboratories are a key environment of the cannabis industry which should not be overlooked. In this poster we look at the characteristics of Cannabis plant pathogens found in laboratory settings, with regards to tissue culture and pathogen isolation… Click here for full abstract


The Yeast & Mold Comparison between TEMPO® and 3M Rapid Petrifilm

Poster #: 17

Presenter: Maria McIntyre, Cannabis Segment Manager, BioMerieux

Yeast and molds are a threat to cannabis flower and pose high risks to consumers. This has created a regulatory framework for specification limits on yeast and mold… Click here for full abstract


Validation of the GENE-UP® PRO™ Cannabis STEC/Salmonella Assay in Dried Cannabis Flower

Poster #: 18

Presenter: Azucena Valadez, Technical Sales Manager, BioMerieux

The GENE-UP® PRO™ Cannabis STEC/Salmonella is a real-time PCR assay for the simultaneous presumptive detection of pathogenic Escherichia coli carrying Shiga toxin 1 and/or 2 (stx1 and/or stx2) genes and Salmonella species… Click here for full abstract

 

GENE-UP® AspergillusPRO for the Detection of Aspergillus spp. in Cannabis Products- AOAC

Poster #: 14

Presenter: Adam Joelsson, Sr. Director of Technology, BioMerieux

Aspergillus is a human health risk that can lead to Aspergillosis, an infections caused by different species of Aspergillus such as A.fumigatus, A.flavas, A.niger and A.terreus. Aspergillus can cause severe illness or death. Aspergillus is prevalent in cannabis requiring reliable testing methods to safeguard products and consumers.


The Business of Extraction – Considerations in Market Analysis, Product Selection, Solvent Selection & COGS

Poster #: 19

Presenter: Dominick Monaco, Pharm.D., Director of Operations, CLS Holdings Inc. & City Trees

This presentation goes over the various forms of extraction, throughput and efficiency considerations, final product delineation based on process, CAPEX, Biomass Cost and Market Analysis, COGS, caveats, etc.


Centrifugal Partition Chromatography (CPC) : A Robust and Versatile Separation Solution for Remediation, Purification and Target Molecule Enrichment of Complex Cannabis Extracts.

Poster #: 7

Presenters: Reese Harry, Ph.D., Business Development Manager, Gilson, Inc. and Manar Alherech, Ph.D., Senior Application Scientist, Gilson, Inc.

The separation power and versatility of centrifugal partition chromatography (CPC) enables a multitude of applications in any extraction laboratory setting. In the cannabis field, CPC has provided a cost-effective solution for scalable d9-THC remediation of cannabis oils and extracts… Click here for full abstract


Cannabinoids Analysis of Hemp Derived Products- Developing Methods That are Robust and Dependable

Poster #: 16

Presenter: Jennifer King, Analytical Technology Specialist, MilliporeSigma

Legalization and use of hemp, recreational and medical cannabis is expanding globally. Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) containing cannabis products are consumed in various forms such as flower to vape-pens, edibles, concentrates, tinctures, beverages, topicals, capsules, etc… Click here for full abstract


The Sports Car & The Sleeping Giant: How THCV & CBN Are Taking Over The Industry

Poster #: 2

Presenter: Nicole Brown, Chief Innovation Officer, Open Book Extracts

Here, we will discuss why 2022 has the potential to be remembered as the year when minor cannabinoids achieved major status. While it’s true that the cannabis market is generally interested in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the intoxicating cannabinoid that most marijuana consumers have come to know and love; as well as cannabidiol (CBD); but cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) cannabinol (CBN) have started to attract attention on their own… Click here for full abstract


DNA Microarray for 1 CFU/g Detection of Aspergillus, Salmonella, STEC (stx1 and stx2) in Dried Cannabis Flower

Poster #: 9

Presenter: Michael E. Hogan, Ph.D., CSO, PathogenDX

Several harmful pathogens have been identified in cannabis flower that pose a risk to consumers such as Aspergillus, Salmonella, and STEC+ Escherichia coli. The majority of states with approved medical or recreational cannabis require 1 CFU/g detection of these pathogens… Click here for full abstract


Cannabis Moisture Content and Potency – A Comparative Review of Methods

Poster #: 12

Presenter: Conner G. Jeffries, M.S., Laboratory Technician, METER Group

The 2018 Farm Bill established a new federal framework for hemp commercialization, and codified dry weight as the basis for THC determination. While using dry weight is not new, the Farm Bill marked the linkage of federal law to hemp and cannabis analysis… Click here for full abstract


Understanding the Cellular Metabolic Processes Regulated by Extracts of Hemp

Poster #: 26

Presenter: Susan Trapp, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences

Optimal strain selection of Cannabis (hemp varieties) for medical treatments has been difficult to decipher due to variability and cannabinoid levels as well as other active constituents – terpenes and flavoinoids. Aside from THC and cannabidiol (CBD, few of the cannabinoids have been characterized… Click here for full abstract


Defining Robustness of Pesticide and Mycotoxin Analysis in Cannabis Matrices

Poster #: 22

Presenter: Karl Oetjen, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, SCIEX

Sample clean-up is an important step for high throughput LC-MS/MS analyses; the more contaminants removed during the clean-up step, the longer the LC-MS/MS will be able to maintain the necessary sensitivity… Click here for full abstract


The Role of Nutrient Analysis in the Successful Cultivation of Cannabis

Poster #: 5

Presenter: Adam Floyd, Founder, The SoilLabs

Proper nutrition is a key element to the successful cultivation of cannabis. Lighting, the soil microbiome, and numerous other environmental factors all play important roles in optimizing growth and yields of cannabis… Click here for full abstract


Root Propagation and Powdery Mildew (PM) Treatment Studies of Various Antimicrobial Solutions on Strains of Cannabis Sativa

Poster #: 10

Presenter: Arnold Howard, Director of Quality and R&D, Terra Vera

This presentation provides results from R&D efforts to study the effects of antimicrobial solutions on Cannabis cultivation and production. The Cannabis industry is growing at an explosive rate and the regulations governing the cultivation, processing and distribution are rapidly evolving as well as highly fragmented on a state-by-state basis… Click here for full abstract


Analysis of Mycotoxins and Cannabinoids using HPLC in Cannabis Plants and Cannabis-Containing Products

Poster #: 21

Presenter: Sareeta Nerkar, Ph.D., Research Chemist, Pickering Laboratories, Inc.

The legalization of hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill brought new opportunities as well as challenges. The HPLC method allows the analyst to determine neutral and carboxylated forms of cannabinoids separately and allows flexibility in the ways of reporting composition… Click here for full abstract


Analysis of Cannabis Vaporizer Aerosols for 10 Metals; Collection Methods, Results and Implications for the Industry

Poster #: 29

Presenter: Amber Wise, Scientific Director, Medicine Creek Analytics

Cannabis vaporizer cartridges have increased in popularity and availability, and there are concerns regarding exposure to heavy metal compounds from their use. The hardware components of the cartridge devices themselves have been implicated as a potential source of metals exposure, but it is not known if these metals migrate into the inhalable vapor… Click here for full abstract


Novel and Efficient Solventless Extraction & Purification of Acidic Cannabinoids

Poster #: 28

Presenter: G. Venturini, CSO, Herbolea Biotech SpA

A new solventless system for cannabinoids extraction and purification has been developed by Herbolea Biotech. The technological platform is based on an enzymes-assisted first extraction, a water based THC remediation with simultaneous CBD/CBG concentration and distillation of acidic cannabinoids. A fully automatized, industrial system has been developed running at 25 kg biomass per hour.


Validation of an Expanded List of Elements in Cannabis Flower by Microwave Digestion and ICP-MS Analysis

Poster #: 8

Presenter: Aaron Hineman, Product Line Leader, PerkinElmer

Developing and validating a standardized microwave digestion and ICP-MS method for the determination of an expanded list of metals in flower and oil products down to ppb levels has special considerations associated with it… Click here for full abstract


Determination of Heavy Metals in Cannabis and Derived Products Using the New AOAC Method

Poster #: 20

Presenter: Jenny Nelson, Ph.D., Application Scientist, Agilent Technologies, Inc.

Current U.S. states that permit Cannabis use require rigorous testing to ensure safety from inorganic impurities, such as toxic metals. In this talk, we will cover our new AOAC metals in the Cannabis method for the testing of the big four elements… Click here for full abstract


Genetic Sequencing in the Cannabis Sector

Poster #: 4

Presenter: Mike Esposito, Microbiologist, MCR Labs

Scientists have been developing DNA sequencing techniques since the 1970s, leading to the generation of all new molecular systematics opportunities, across science fields. These technologies allow us to distinguish between closely related species, and enables science to track how and when newer species diverged from common ancestors… Click here for full abstract


Simplifying Cannabis Pesticide, Mycotoxin and Potency Testing Workflows with Laboratory Automation to Meet ISO/GMP Standards

Poster #: 1

Presenter: Toby Astill, Global Market Manager – Cannabis & Hemp, PerkinElmer

With compliance cannabis & hemp labs increasingly required to test over 1000 samples a month, managing sample and data workflows can be challenging and time-consuming… Click here for full abstract


Quantitation of 11 Cannabinoids by GC-FID

Poster #: 25

Presenter: Jennifer Sanderson, Application Scientist, Agilent Technologies, Inc.

In this study, 11 cannabinoids were analyzed in hemp and cannabis flower samples by GC/FID. A simple methanolic extraction and filtration process was performed on ~500mg of flower sample. Hemp and cannabis flower matrix were also spiked to evaluate matrix recoveries. The composition percentage of the cannabinoids in each sample were compared to the reported values that were calculated by LC/UV.


Cannabis Genetic Engineering

Poster #: 23

Presenter: Michael Petersen, Senior Scientist, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Meristem-based transformation systems have been established at the Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center (WCIC) for soybean (Glycine max L.), cow pea (Vigna unguiculata L.), dry bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.), alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), and Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) among others… Click here for full abstract

Proficiency Testing of Cannabis Analysis Laboratories Shows Progress Toward Federal Quality Standards

Poster #: 27

Presenters: Marco Troiani, CEO, Digamma Consulting and Savino Sguera, CSO, Digamma Consulting

Our team of researchers has analyzed proficiency testing (PT) data collected from state certified Cannabis analysis labs biannually from 2018-2021, yielding a total of eight PT rounds. The data sets were analyzed for trends in accuracy and precision; federal quality standards set by the FDA and… Click here for full abstract