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Ezra Pryor
Applied Markets Specialist at Heidolph North America
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Concentration 2019
May 30, 2019, Pala, USA
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Ezra Pryor
Applied Markets Specialist at Heidolph North America
John MacKay
CTO at NewBridge Global Ventures
Erika Adre
Independent Consultant - Cannabis Manufacturing and Formulations at Various Companies
Kyle Boyar
Field Applications Scientist at Medicinal Genomics
Ahmed Shuja
Founder at Ecosce, Inc.

Ezra Pryor has been in the cannabis industry for the past 6 years since starting EZ Chem Consultancy in 2013. He is Heidolph North America’s Applied Markets Specialist. He is a founding member of the American Chemical Society’s Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision and serves in the ASTM International’s Committee D37 on Cannabis.

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John A. MacKay earned his B.A. in Chemistry at the St. Lawrence University. He also earned his Ph.D. At the University of Vermont, where he focused on Inorganic Chemistry and on the synthesis of cancer fighting compounds. After working in teaching positions at the University of Vermont, Lyndon State College, and Davidson College, John went on to join Waters Corporation in 1983.

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Erika, a UC Berkeley Chemical Engineering graduate, entered the cannabis industry in 2017. She’s worked as a process engineer, product development engineer, and an R&D lead at a California premium cannabis vape company for a year and a half then moved to manage the start-up of a cannabis manufacturing facility in Coachella, CA. She’s worked with different solvent extraction systems using butane, propane, ethanol, and super-critical CO2 to create quality cannabis concentrates. She has worked in many aspects of cannabis manufacturing such as quality control, compliance, and R&D. Currently, she is the Vice President of Manufacturing for Unified Natural Product Solutions, Inc where she focuses on creating CBD Isolate.

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Kyle Boyar is a cannabis scientist with a background in neurobiology and analytical chemistry who has been working in the industry for six years. Kyle received his Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of California Santa Cruz and was previously employed as a Laboratory Manager for SC Laboratories. In addition to his work with Medicinal Genomics he also serves as the Vice Chair and Scholarship Committee Chair for the American Chemical Society’s Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision. Kyle’s current focuses in cannabis science relate to testing methodologies, cannabis genomics, and product formulation.

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Dr. Shuja posses an unusual mixture of deep scientific background and executive leadership necessary to develop the technology and business offerings for the fast-pace cannabis market. Previously at OGZ Holdings Ahmed was responsible for consulting on the build-out of extraction facilities. Over the past four years, he has been studying the best methods for scaling of the Hemp and Cannabis chemical processing industry. Dr. Shuja was awarded a patent in 2018 about pulsed electric fields than can affect large scale extraction and drying of hemp. This was an example of an innovation project that explores technology from the food processing industry.He continues to develop novel methods and best practices targeting the lowest cost per gram manufacturing of cannabinoids. In January of 2019, Dr. Shuja announced the spin out of Ecosce Inc. from OGZ Holdings with a focus on commercializing room temperature winterization and desolvation. This novel process called the Ecosce process will be the focus of his discussion.

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In today's cannabis industry, concentrates dominate. Consumers, however, are often befuddled by marketing language that doesn't really clarify what they are ingesting, or what effects the product may have. The savvy consumer is ramping up their interest in the assortment of phytochemicals that define a specific cultivar and the products designed from those plants. And as more product manufacturers create customized formulations that target specific ailments, traditional marketing may no longer apply. So, how can you best develop and share your brand? Attend this panel for the answers.

00:15 Intro

02:25 Challenges

09:50 Advantages

14:45 Ethical issues

18:35 Issues difficult to address

21:00 Analytical aspect

26:50 Safety studies

30:50 CBD

33:35 Goal to create new cannabinoids

40:25 Close system

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