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The Holy Grail of Cannabis: Safe Medicine for All

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Shannon Swantek
Principal Scientist, CEO at Enlightened Quality Analytics
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May 30, 2019, Pala, USA
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Shannon Swantek
Principal Scientist, CEO at Enlightened Quality Analytics
Ricardo E Rivera-Acevedo
Chief Science Officer, Adjunct Professor at Ecovita Health Corporation, University Of British Columbia
Ahmed Shuja
Founder at Ecosce, Inc.
Kumar Abhinava
Technology Director at Evonik Corporation
Quinn Shiskin
Director, Products and Innovation at The Valens Company

Shannon Swantek is a Principal Scientist and CEO at Enlightened Quality Analytics, LLC who holds broad knowledge of the environmental, natural medicine, and cannabis industries. She has a robust regulatory background in auditing to the ISO 17025 and ISO 9001 standards. Her experience advising cannabis policy and legislation in Oregon, Massachusetts and nation-wide led to her passion for industry education and support in developing technical and quality systems solutions for each license type as the industry matures out of infancy.

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Dr. Rivera-Acevedo is Chief Science Officer for Ecovita Health Corporation, as well as a cannabinologist, scientific advisor, and director for various biotech companies. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia. With a BSc from the University of Puerto Rico – Cayey and PhD in Pharmacology from the University of British Columbia, he has extensive knowledge and expertise researching cannabis and its derivatives. In 2015, he established the first laboratory for cannabinoid research in the Department of Pharmacology at UBC, which is dedicated to understanding the therapeutic uses of different cannabis strains and formulations to treat different diseases. At his previous company, Cannevert Therapeutics Ltd, he led the chemistry team conducting R&D, QA/QC, and manufacturing research to improve cannabinoid extract formulations and development of new delivery methods. He has had the opportunity to work with various groups testing established extraction techniques: ethanol, CO2, and hydrocarbon (butane/pentane). He was key in the design and organization of the first clinical trial with cannabis flower in Puerto Rico for pain. Currently, he is helping to develop a revolutionary new cannabis formulation to help patients efficiently and effectively receive their medicine in a state-of-the-art facility.

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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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Dr. Kumar Abhinava is currently Technical Director for Evonik’s OSN (Organic Solvent Nanofiltration) Membrane applications development. Kumar holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UMIST (Manchester U.K.) and an MBA from University of Warwick, U.K. Kumar has nearly 30 years of experience and has served various senior technical and management roles with leading specialty chemicals (ICI, Zeneca) and pharmaceutical companies (AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly) in U.K. and U.S.A. Kumar has led the successful development, scale-up and commercialization of several products and processes with particular expertise in process development, technology selection and process scale-up of separation processes. Kumar developed several nanofiltration and ultrafiltration processes for the companies he worked for. With his current role, he has helped developed several OSN membrane processes for a wide variety of process chemistries. One of the most interesting applications he has developed in the last 1.5 years is that of applying OSN membranes in purification and concentration of CBD from Hemp and THC from Cannabis – eliminating several high cost unit operations (e.g. Winterization, Color Removal, Rotavaps etc.) and improving the product quality.

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Quinn Shiskin is an innovative technician who has transformed his skills as a dual ticketed Red Seal tradesman into becoming one of the most creative and knowledgeable production managers in the emerging cannabis industry. After becoming a Red Seal tradesman, he founded Red Rain Welding; an industrial construction company, which for twelve years was involved in some of the world’s largest projects in oil and gas mining, construction of high rise buildings, laying of pipelines, and commercial developments. He was determined to succeed and produce quality work often using innovative practices to make sure the jobs were done right.During his formative twelve years Mr. Shiskin used his down time to research every aspect of the cannabis industry. He studied the cannabis industry and familiarized himself with processing cannabis from seed to oil and he believed in the medicinal benefits and healing power and future possibilities of uses of cannabis. Seeing the industry progress develop so quickly in United States, Quinn sought out knowledge in cannabinoid extraction and purification by taking courses with some of the top cannabis alchemists in the country.Quinn was able to use his extensive hands on knowledge in cultivation and using his specialty skills he designed and built cannabis extraction equipment to process oils to be used in the medical industry. He is currently the Head of Production at Valens Groworks Corp.

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As concentrates overtake much of the cannabis market, it is no longer necessary to send only the waste to the extractor. As more people turn to cannabis, it has become increasingly important that extractors obtain quality cannabis flower and other plant matter for creating high-quality, clean products. This will also provide discourse on effective ways for cleaning up concentrates after the extraction. Join in the conversation regarding keeping products safe.

00:00 17:40 Quality control improvement

03:04 Process control

12:36 Innovation and nanotechnology

24:15 Scaling

29:35 Future vision

32:28 Staying competitive

37:43 Manufacturing costs

39:05 Methods of eliminating Sulphur

42:00 Nutrients

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So we have a great panel right now and it's the Holy Grail of cannabis safe medicine for all we originally called it on uncontaminated products and I think there's a lot more to it. So I want to introduce our panelists. We have Doctor Ahmed Shuja he has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and is the Founder of Ecosce. He's been helping processors with facility design and Equipment installation for the past four years in parallel. He has been evaluating emerging oil

production techniques, including drying extracting polishing, and chemical separation Technologies his background and Innovation management as a way to previous work at Siemens technology to business NASA and as a Founder of Brightpoint a Silicon Valley startup. We have Quinn Shiskin, the Head of Production at Valens, which is Canada's largest and most diverse cannabis extraction company. It's Paving the way for cGMP and European GMP Construction Services

and setting a new standard for the industry he has developed one of the most diverse and experienced teams in the Cannabis sector that is hyper-focused on delivering the world's safe reliable access to premium extracts under Mr. Shiskin's direction. The Valens team has constructed a highly integrated industrial extraction facility, which today has is considered to be the Leading-Edge model. We have Dr. Ricardo Rivera-Acevedo. Ricardo is a faculty member in the department of anesthesiology Pharmacology & Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia. And he's the Chief

Science Officer for Ecovita Health Corp and designate cannabin ologist for Health Corporation to be the first to offer a complete vertically integrated CBD health system from the extraction of pharmaceuticals to monitoring Health outcomes,

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Shannon Swantek
Ricardo E Rivera-Acevedo
Ahmed Shuja
Kumar Abhinava
Quinn Shiskin