Cannabis & CBD Testing Primer:Understanding the Details of Setting Up a Lab to Test Multiple Cannabis & CBD Sample Types in 2020
Presented by Toby Astill, Ph.D. from PerkinElmer
November 3, 2020 (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST)
AUDIENCE: Scientists and industry professionals currently working in, or wanting to work in, the cannabis & hemp industry
This course will focus on the analytical challenges of testing cannabis & hemp CBD samples to allow the growth of the scientific knowledge base. Driven by the widespread adoption of cannabis & hemp products in new medicinal and recreational markets, the opportunity for scientists to support this market is significant but must be approached with scientific care as the pitfalls due to the matrix interference, trace level detection requirements and limited standardized methodology make this task challenging. The focus will be placed on the analytical methods, sample preparation automation technology and instrumentation required to test cannabis & hemp for pesticide residues, residual solvents, heavy metals, terpenes, and potency in high throughput environments. In addition, time will be spent to highlight the differences between testing samples of different forms such as edibles, tinctures, concentrates, beverages, and topicals. Wrap up will include a round table discussion on the working opportunities in the Pittcon community and external resources available to expedite the laboratory work
About Dr. Toby Astill
Dr. Toby Astill is PerkinElmer’s Global Market Manager for Cannabis & Hemp. Dr. Astill has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and has spent the last 15 years working in Science, Technology and Business Roles for leading technology companies. For the last 9 years he has worked for PerkinElmer, based in locations across the West Coast of Canada & US. Dr. Astill is now focused on driving PerkinElmer’s global cannabis and hemp initiatives; including but not limited to new product development, market & industry research, collaboration agreements with customers, application content development and field marketing initiatives.