16 - 17 March 2021 - Note: All times listed are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

Program

8:00am
Pre-Conference Virtual Exhibition & Aglive Network Lounge Open

9:00am
Welcome

Welcome by MCIA Chair, Peter Crock
Federal Minister Address: The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Victorian Minister Address: The Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas MP

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10:30am
Around the world: an international perspective on the medicinal cannabis industry

Presentations and panel discussion

Hear from leading industry experts in Australia, Canada, NZ and Europe as they share the latest trends, regulations and opportunities shaping the medicinal cannabis sector globally.

Moderator:
- Rhys Cohen, Editor-at-large, Cannabiz

Speakers:
- Dr David (Dedi) Meiri, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Biology, Technion Israel Institute of Technology and member of the Technion Integrated Cancer Centre (TICC), Israel
- Keith Strachan, President and Co-Founder, MediPharm Labs, Canada
- Sally King, Executive Director, New Zealand Medical Cannabis Council, New Zealand
-Shane Duncan, COO, Cann Group, Australia

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11:00am
Enjoy a quick break! Visit Exhibit Hall and Aglive Network Lounge
11:15am
What you need to know: regulatory update and new opportunities for the medicinal cannabis industry

The TGA’s recent decision to down schedule CBD has provided a sense of optimism for the sector. Join this panel discussion to explore the facts and opportunities for over-the-counter CBD products from a regulatory, science andindustry perspective. This session will also provide the opportunity to explore reforms to medicinal cannabisregulations and licensing with TGA and ODC.

Moderator:
- Mandy Drury, AJD Media Director

Presentations:
- Adjunct Professor John Skerritt, FTSE FIPAA (Vic), Deputy Secretary for Health Products Regulation, Department of Health
- George Masri, Assistant Secretary Regulatory Services and Drug Control Branch, Australian Government, Department of Health
- Petra Bismire, Director, Experimental Products Section, Medicines Regulation Division, Health Products Regulation Group, Pharmacovigilance and Special Access Branch, Australian Government, Department of Health

Panelists:
- Adjunct Professor John Skerritt, FTSE FIPAA (Vic), Deputy Secretary for Health Products Regulation, Department of Health
- George Masri, Assistant Secretary Regulatory Services and Drug Control Branch, Australian Government, Department of Health
- Professor Iain McGregor, Professor of Psychopharmacology & Academic Director - Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, University of Sydney
- Elisabetta Faenza, CEO, LeafCann Group
- Clare Barker, General Manager & Global Business Development Executive, Entoura

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12:30pm
Grab your lunch!
Visit Exhibit Hall and Aglive Network Lounge
1:15pm
Roadblocks and Opportunities: a panel discussion led by MTPConnect, Australia’s Medtech and Pharma Growth Centre

During this panel discussion, the speakers will explore the the role research and development plays in building evidence and education as a driver of opportunity within the medicinal cannabis industry.

Moderator:
- Dr Rebecca Tunstall, Senior Director Stakeholder Engagement, MTPConnect

Speakers:
- Dr Duncan MacInnis, Director Stakeholder Engagement for NSW & ACT, MTPConnect
- Peter Crock, Chair, MCIA
- Lisa Todd, National Services Manager/Clinical Nurse Consultant, Epilepsy Action Australia

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2:00pm
Putting patients first

This roundtable with health industry experts, patient advocates, doctors and researchers will discuss the important role of education and training, patient advocacy and communication in enabling improved patient access.

Moderator:
- Carol Ireland, CEO and Managing Director, Epilepsy Action Australia

Panelists:
- Dr Richard Di Natale, Chair, Medicinal Cannabis Health Council
- Associate Professor (Dr) Vicki Kotsirilos AM, General Practitioner and A/Professor University of Western Sydney
- Dr Craig Dalton, Public Health Physician, Conjoint Assoc. Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle

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3:00pm
Stretch Your Legs!
Visit Exhibit Hall and Aglive Network Lounge
3:15pm
Fireside chat

Leading global industry expert shares his insights on opportunities for the sector and for Australia in the global landscape.

Moderator: Martin Lane, Co founder and Chief Growth Officer, Cannabiz
Speaker: Cam Battley, Managing Director & Board Member, MedReleaf Australia

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3:45pm
Day 1 Closing Comments

Nathan Davis, Executive Director - Head of Strategy & Business Development, MedReleaf Australia

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4:00pm
An insight to the European Regulatory Landscape
(Sponsored by Victorian Government)

Moderator:
Nathan Davis, Executive Director - Head of Strategy & Business Development, MedReleaf Australia

Presenter:
Jochen Eimer, Director, Squire Patton Boggs
Medical Cannabis – An Overview of the Regulatory Landscape in Germany and Europe

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4:00pm
Virtual Exhibition & Aglive Network Lounge Open

Concludes at 5:00pm
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8:00am


Pre-Conference Virtual Exhibition & Aglive Network Lounge Open

Virtual Breakfast Networking Session
Building clinical evidence  

Attendance is by invitation only and numbers are limited.
Session sponsored by the Victorian Government
Register your interest by email: events@acannabis.com.au

9:15am

Welcome:
Dr Jaroslav Boublik BSc (Hons), PhD (Med),
CEO, LeafCann Research & Advisory and Chief Scientist, LeafCann Group

Keynote Address: Medicinal Cannabis and the NSW Department of Primary Industries
Dr Philip Wright, Group Director Science and DPI Chief Scientist, NSW Department of Primary Industries

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9:45am
Around the world in 60 minutes: global research insights

During this 60 minute session, industry experts share the latest research from around the world, helping build the evidence behind medicinal cannabis.

Moderator:
Rhys Cohen, Editor-at-large, Cannabiz

Speakers:
-Professor Cherry L Wainwright, Director, Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research, Co-Director, Centre for Natural Products in Health, The Robert Gordon University
-Professor Mike Dixon, Director, Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, Canada
-Professor Andrew McLachlan AM, Head of School & Dean of Pharmacy, Sydney Pharmacy School, Faculty of Medicine and Health

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10:50am
Enjoy a quick break!
Visit Exhibit Hall and Aglive Network Lounge
11:00am
Plant to patient: unlocking the potential opportunities

Discover the latest in genetics, cultivation and patient research. So much has changed over the last five years, find out how far we have come in these important fields, the potential opportunities that can be unlocked with research, and what it means for the patient.

Moderator:
- Rhys Cohen, Editor-at-large, Cannabiz

Presentation 1: Advances in Systems Biology of Medicinal Cannabis
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Professor German Spangenberg, FTSE PSM Head, Agriculture Victoria Research Agriculture Victoria, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Presentation 2: Research considerations for commercialising medicinal cannabis
- Dr Adele Hosseini, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, BOD Australia

Presentation 3: Pushing the frontiers of novel cannabinoid treatments and research
- Dr Mark Hardy B.Sc (Med)., M.B.,B.S., FRACGP, FAChAM (RACP), Medical Director, CA Clinics

Presentation 4: The Australian Medical Cannabis Industry - Five years in
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Emily Rigby, Head of Research & Development, Cannatrek

Q & A Panel Discussion

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12:30pm
Grab your lunch!
Visit Exhibit Hall and Aglive Network Lounge

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1:15pm
Fireside Chat: Emerging markets

Asia is quickly evolving as an exciting new market for the medicinal cannabis industry. During this session, you’ll discover the regulatory landscape, opportunities by market and who the movers and shakers are.

Moderator: Rhys Cohen, Editor-at-large, Cannabiz
Speaker: Ean Alexander, CEO & Director, Altum

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1:50pm
Shifting sands: the latest industry insights from FreshLeaf Analytics (Session sponsored by AJD Media)

Moderator: Mandy Drury, AJD Media Director
Presenter: Cassandra Hunt, Managing Director, FreshLeaf Analytics

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2:20pm
Enjoy a quick break!
Visit Exhibit Hall and Aglive Network Lounge

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2:35pm
Creating sustainable and responsible value chains

Building a sustainable, legal and legitimate cannabis value chain for the Australian medicinal cannabis industry - this session will provide insights into how this can be achieved across the value chain and build trust in the sector. Join in the panel discussion.

Moderator:
- Cameron Scadding, Founder & Managing Director, Source Certain International

Panelists:
- Peter Crock, Chair, Medicinal Cannabis Industry Australia and CEO, Cann Group Limited
- Rodney Cocks, CEO and Executive Director, Cronos Australia
- Elisabetta Faenza, CEO, LeafCann Group
- Dr Richard Hopkins, Managing Director ex USA, Zelira Therapeutics
- Nick Woolf, CEO, AusCann

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3:45pm
Closing Comments

Nathan Davis, Executive Director - Head of Strategy & Business Development, MedReleaf Australia
Rosemary Richards, Executive Manager, Medicinal Cannabis Industry Australia (MCIA)

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4:00pm
Virtual Exhibition & Aglive Network Lounge Open

Concludes at 5:00pm

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