This full day event will provide 'in-lab' training on cannabis safety and quality testing, with no need for you to travel. We will bring you into our R&D labs where you will see live video demos from our scientists on various aspects of cannabis potency and purity testing. Whether you are new to the industry or are a seasoned scientist, join us to learn new techniques and approaches, and pick up tips and tricks to optimize your testing.
The workshop will include:
- Potency testing - Cannabinoids & Terpenes
- Purity testing - sample prep, HPLC, LC-MS, ICP-MS and GC-MS approaches for analytical
testing of pesticides, residual solvents, heavy metals and more
- Unique microbial testing techniques
We will also be holding an 'Ask The Expert' session in the afternoon so you can chat with us about current challenges in your lab or ask any burning questions you may have.
At MilliporeSigma we love to collaborate with the scientific community and we look forward to having you join us for this event!
Katherine is an Analytical Sciences Liaison within the Applied Solutions Group of MilliporeSigma in North America. Katherine has been involved in supporting the cannabis testing industry since 2015 as a Principal Scientist developing sample preparation products and applications, as a trainer and presenter at conferences, and through publications. She is currently a member of the contaminants working group within the CASP program of AOAC, and on the editorial advisory board for Cannabis Science and Technology.
Rafael Acosta is an Analytical Chemist with a specialty in chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques. Since 2006 Rafael has been involved in analytical instrument and applications development working with scientists and engineers across the world to deliver analytical solutions to emerging challenges to customers in the food, forensic, environmental, industrial and applied markets. Analytical Chemistry has allowed Rafael to travel to over 30 states and 12 countries and the opportunity of meeting and working with the amazing scientists who are making the world healthier and safer through their work. Rafael’s most recent projects at MilliporeSigma involve generating analytical workflows for customers in the cannabis space including but not limited to Terpenes and Pesticides analysis in cannabis to meet current regulatory requirements.
Dr. Ingrid Hayenga is the Global Product Manager for Environmental Standards including pesticides and organic pollutants within the Merck’s Advanced Analytical Reference Materials team, located in Buchs/Switzerland. She is responsible for introducing new analytical standard and certified reference materials to the market. Prior to this position she was a Senior R&D Chemist focusing on developing analytical standards for environmental and food & beverage applications and had several positions in R&D, Marketing and Quality Control.
She joined Sigma-Aldrich / Merck after completing her post-doctoral studies at the University of Edmonton, Canada and her PhD thesis in Münster, Germany.
Jennifer Davis serves as a Sr. LCMS Product Specialist for Shimadzu Scientific Instruments. She received her B.S degree in Biology specializing in Biotechnology in 2014 from Indian River State College. Upon graduating she spent 4 years working as a medicinal chemist developing her synthetic and analytical skills in both solution phase and solid phase chemistry as well as NMR, HPLC, and LCMS. Since joining Shimadzu in September 2018 Jennifer has been involved in method development using LC-MS/MS and LC-QToF for a variety of market segments, including the cannabis industry. Recently she did extensive research into the use of APCI-LC-MS/MS for the analysis of pesticides commonly run by GCMS.
Stephan Altmaier studied Chemistry at the universities of Munich and Hanover, Germany, and specialized on ordered, mesoporous silica for his graduation in 2003.
Since 2006 he has been with Merck KGaA in the HPLC R&D department where he has held various positions and completed numerous projects. His main expertise lies in liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry as well as in HPLC column and application development. In his current role as a principal scientist he is responsible for the development of analytical workflows, most recently in the field of cannabis analysis
Hillel Brandes holds a Ph.D in biochemistry and is an Analytical Technology Specialist supporting analytical customers within the Applied Solutions Group of MilliporeSigma in North America. His territory is the western United States, where he currently spends most of his time supporting the Cannabis market. Hillel is also a member of working groups within the AOAC’s Cannabis Analytical Science Program (CASP). Prior to his current role, he was a Principal R&D Scientist, focusing on HPLC product development and application support.
Chris Leija is a Senior Scientist supporting the development of small and large molecule certified reference materials. He is also a member of the Analytical Workflow team where he contributes towards developing workflows and applications for customers in the cannabis and dietary supplement industries. Chris received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and completed his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
After obtaining a BSc in Chemistry, Dr. Rule began working with isotopically labelled compounds to follow biosynthetic pathways in insects by mass spectrometry. Later he did graduate studies in API LC/MS combined with immunoaffinity purification. After obtaining a MSc he moved to specialize in point-of-care type testing for his doctoral research. Dr. Rule has held positions in LC-MS/MS method development and validation in DMPK, GLP, and clinical chemistry laboratories. He has contributed to the development of several new pieces of instrumentation and enjoys the innovation process. Since 2011 he has worked with many excellent scientists at ARUP Laboratories, including Dr. Alan Rockwood, and has published several articles on the topic of internal standard use in quantitative mass spectrometry. Dr. Rule recently (Sept 2018) joined MilliporeSigma in a role as Principal Scientist and continues research in product development for sample preparation and mass spectrometry applications.
Patricia Schnulle obtained her M.S. from the University of Illinois with a research focus on reproductive immunology. She has been with MilliporeSigma for 14 years and continues with her love of science and quest for more knowledge, including recently completing her MBA from Butler University. She prefers to use her powers for good in her role as the Applied Market Research & Strategic Business Manager for Milli-Q® Lab Water Solutions in North America where she helps bridge the gap between water purification and the rest of the MilliporeSigma portfolio within the Applied Market.
Kelli Mazzie is a Senior Field Marketing Specialist with MilliporeSigma. Kelli graduated in 2010 from Susquehanna University with a dual degree in Biology and Secondary Education. Kelli started her career as a Jr. Sales Specialist for Biotest Microbiology Corporation (acquired by EMD Millipore, now MilliporeSigma) working to provide microbiology solutions to her pharmaceutical customers in the Northeast region. After years of gaining experience, she shifted to her current role to follow a passion for marketing focusing on microbiology solutions for the food and beverage industry. Outside of work Kelli enjoys spending time with her family and trying new cooking recipes.
Shikeba joined MilliporeSigma in 2015 as Lab Analyst for the BioReliance Department. She worked with the BioReliance team for 3 years performing customer testing in lab for filters and membranes. She then joined the BioMonitoring group as Application and Training Specialist in 2018 and has been recertifying customers and training them on Food and Beverage instruments such as PipetMax and GDS. She also assists with lab testing for customers and provides hands-on lab training on instruments for internal groups.
MilliporeSigma supports emerging and well-established cannabis testing labs, cultivators and processors with innovative and top-quality products so they can meet their stringent cannabis safety and quality standards. We provide full analytical and microbiology testing workflow solutions, along with solutions for environmental monitoring, tissue culture, large scale extraction solvents and more.
We have a wide breadth of new in-matrix hemp and cannabis applications developed to meet the needs of the cannabis industry. Our scientific experts can also partner with your lab or facility to provide unique solutions, develop new methods, and help optimize your testing.
From our high quality Cerilliant® Certified Reference Materials, to our Millipore rapid indicator tests, we put quality and compliance at the forefront. Our robust portfolio undergoes meticulous quality control, and we are here to help you maintain the integrity of your testing protocols to provide accuracy and reliability, every time.
Explore our newest applications at SigmaAldrich.com/Cannabis.
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