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Microbial Safety and
Testing of Cannabis

Learn why microbial testing matters and
what methods are used by leading cannabis labs

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June 19, 2019, 2:00 PM EDT/11:00 AM PDT

Emily Savage, Laboratory Manager
Charisse MacDula, Microbiology Section Lab Manager
CW Analytical Laboratories   View speaker bios ▸

Bio-Rad presents an educational webinar on the significance of microbial testing of cannabis, the challenges faced by the industry due to lack federal guidance, and the importance of adhering to proper testing standards and techniques to ensure the safety of cannabis products.

We at Bio‑Rad Laboratories pride ourselves in our rich history in microbiology. Thanks to our extensive experience in this area spanning many decades, we are proud of customers who use our solutions to ensure the safety of their products. In this webinar, we focus on how our knowledge and expertise in implementing Bio‑Rad’s iQ‑Check real-time PCR platform at several well-known independent laboratories at a global level gives us an edge and allows you to have confidence in our technology. In this webinar, participants will gain valuable insight into:

  • Cannabis: Current scenario and challenges
  • Cannabis microbiology 101
  • How microbial testing is performed
  • Importance of validated methods
  • Learnings from a cannabis testing lab
  • iQ‑Check real-time-PCR: What, how and why?
  • Method validation: Definition and significance




Speaker Bios

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Emily Savage, Laboratory Manager
Emily graduated from Pennsylvania State University and joined CW Analytical, California’s most trusted independent quality assurance laboratory in 2014. CW Analytical provides patients, cultivators, producers and dispensaries with crucial information regarding the safety, quality, and potency of their medical Cannabis products. Emily oversees day-to-day operations and technological additions and advancements of the microbiology laboratory as well as ongoing research investigating microbiological contaminants in medical Cannabis.

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Charisse MacDula, Microbiology Section Lab Manager
Charisse attended St. John's University in New York City majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. She began working with CW Analytical in 2015 as a Lab Technician and is now the section manager of the Microbiology department.

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