The scientific conference of the year focusing on cannabis
With good reason, the interest generated by cannabis and its virtues is undeniable. Scientific research is expanding the range of possible uses for hemp and cannabis, whether for health and wellness or for industrial purposes. On May 19, at the invitation of PurCann Pharma, more than 200 cannabis industry stakeholders et in Quebec City for the 3rd Canadian Cannabis Conference to discuss a host of current topics.
PurCann Pharma, the leader in the extraction and purification of molecules from hemp and cannabis, firmly believes that the future of cannabis-derived products for medical purposes will generate a multiplication of uses and a growth much more interesting than the sole use for recreational purposes, and this, in the very short term.
This conference was an opportunity to take stock of the latest scientific advances and the most promising avenues for the therapeutic and medical use of cannabis. Many scientists from Europe and North America were present to share their perspectives in this regard.
Among other prestigious speakers, the Canadian Conference on Cannabis welcome Dr. Vincenzo Di Marzo, holder of the Canada Excellence Research Chair in the Microbiome-Endocannabinoidome Axis in Metabolic Health at Laval University and one of the most cited researchers in the world; Jason Moscovici, of ROBIC; and Michaela Freedman, consultant specializing in the cannabis industry and its regulation.
7:30 AM > Welcome
8:30 AM > Conference opening by Hugo St-Laurent (PurCann Pharma, Groupe SiliCycle)
A graduate of Université Laval in Quebec City in Chemical Engineering and a Certified Corporate Director, Hugo co-founded Groupe SiliCycle in 1995, and launched PurCann Pharma in 2019. He has nearly 30 years of experience in R&D, technology manufacturing, global commercialization, finance, HR and growth management.
8:45 AM > Law on Cannabis: The Culture of Innovation is now 3 years old
In order to bring us the Cannabis Act, Canada needed to show creativity in order to solve many of the legislative hurdles that came along with its policy decisions. Since 2018, the Cannabis industry has inherited this innovative spirit in order to establish a thriving culture that seeks to encourage research and the sharing of knowledge despite the rigid regulatory framework. This was not without its own challenges and lessons learned. Join us for a retrospective of the past three years as we delve into the impact that certain legislative decisions have had on research, innovation, advertising, commercial practice and intellectual property, both locally and abroad.
9:45 AM > Productivity, production costs and profitability of a cannabis culture
Alexandre Gauthier has been involved in the industry since the legalization of medical cannabis in France and Quebec. His career experience has allowed him to reach the rank of Master Grower. He has helped several organizations to produce and sell high quality cannabis. His knowledge and understanding of cannabis regulations and storage requirements have helped ensure that the organizations he has worked for have impeccable traceability.
10:30 AM > Break & networking – Presented by AQIC
Presented by AQIC (Quebec Cannabis Industry Association)
11:00 AM > Global market trends and emerging cannabis industries (in english))
The internalization of cannabis is here, and with that many opportunities for established operators to enter new markets, but does Canada still have a first mover advantage? Michaela will provide a Canadian perspective on the global cannabis market and business opportunities. Insights on the B2C and B2B market in new and established markets, as well as important mid to long term trends will be discussed.
1:00 PM > The complex pharmacology of cannabis-derived cannabinoids: does the gut microbiome play a role?
Contrary to what previously believed, cannabis-derived cannabinoids do not act uniquely on the endocannabinoid system. However, an expanded endocannabinoid system, known as the "endocannabinoidome", and including hundreds of lipid mediators, and tens of receptors and enzymes, can explain a considerable part of cannabinoid pharmacology. Given the increasingly recognised role of the endocannabinoidome in host-gut microbiome communication, it is therefore likely that also plant cannabinoids owe part of their pharmacological actions also to their modification of the complex ecosystem of microorganisms inhibiting the mammalian gastrointestinal tract.
2:00 PM > The role of cannabinoids in neuromodulation and immunomodulation
The endo and exocannabinoids play a big role in regulating the neurologic and immunologic system. So when we treat a patient with medical cannabis, we are giving back a balance state in multiple systems with the cannabinoid receptors . We then improve multiple functions and symptoms. With the personalize approach we respect the individual needs and improve his quality of life.
3:00 PM > Roundtable discussion on the use of cannabinoids in cosmetics (with Cosmetic Valley)
With the participation of :
- Catherine Grillon (researcher, Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire, CNRS)
- Dr. Elian Lati (director of Laboratoire Bio-EC)
- Lionel Ripoll (researcher, UQAC)
- Alain Thibodeau (director Bioscience and Cosmetics, Groupe SiliCycle)
4:00 PM > From biomass to finished products – CMO Services
With the diversification of products and processes, it is important to have a value creation plan. Having high quality extracts and custom-made products is an important asset in a constantly innovating market.
4:30 PM > Cannabis Innovation - From Morality to Necessity
In the Canadian context, where and how will cannabis-related innovations emerge? In order to resolve complex problems, how will technical, scientific, economic, legal or social innovations need to be integrated into the political environment? To implement new ideas, the cannabis industry will need to ensure its inclusion in an entrepreneurial, social, economic and human environment. If businesses are to address issues imaginatively, the industry will need to work toward a collective mindset that seeks to improve the understanding of cannabis.
5:15 PM > Closing Speech by Pierre Plante (PurCann Pharma))
Pierre Plante is PurCann Pharma's Vice President Operations and also leads the company's business development.
A renowned manager, Mr. Plante has many years of experience in world-class pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, having served as President and CEO of Delmar Inc. (the Canadian subsidiary of Roemmers SA and then F.I.S. SpA) and as Senior Director, CMO & API Procurement at Pharmascience Inc.