AHPA BOTANICAL CONGRESS

 

Saturday, November 10 | 7:30am-5pm

Location: North Convention Center, Lower Level

The 2018 American Herbal Products Association's (AHPA) Botanical Congress provides a unique opportunity to learn about sustainability, sports nutrition, regulatory considerations facing the botanical market, current and emerging financial trends and many more of the diverse opportunities and challenges that are shared by the worldwide herbal products industry.

AHPA's 7th Annual Botanical Congress will provide guidance to dietary supplement ingredient suppliers, manufacturers and
affiliated firms that bear the burden of regulatory compliance. This unique, one-day event features a wide array of industry experts offering first-hand experience, education and information. Galina Roofener, LAc, of The Cleveland Clinic will provide a keynote presentation on the groundbreaking practice of Traditional East Asian Medicine being incorporated into The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute’s dispensary.

A sampling of other topics* that will be covered at the Botanical Congress include:

· Political advocacy in the herbal products industry

· Financial trends and opportunities shaping the supplements industry

· Sustainability

· Current legal and regulatory challenges within the sports nutrition sector

· Regulatory and scientific focus on cannabis, CBD and hemp

*Topics subject to change

Plenary Session: Mandalay Bay

Location: North Convention Center, Lower Level, Islander I

 

Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:30-8am

 

Welcome and Introduction

8-8:15am

Michael McGuffin, AHPA; Mark Blumenthal, ABC

 

FDA Industry Update

8:15-9am

An update on regulatory reform and FDA's process for reviewing and responding to stakeholder comments.

Introduction: Michael McGuffin, AHPA

Presenter: Leslie Kux, Office of Policy, Office of the Commissioner, FDA (Invited)

Sponsored by: Verdure Sciences

 

Keynote Presentation

9:05-10:05am

The groundbreaking practice of Traditional East Asian Medicine being incorporated into The Cleveland Clinc Wellness Institute's dispensary.

Presenter: Galina Roofener, LAc, The Cleveland Clinic

Sponsored by: NOW Foods

 

Break

10:10-10:40am

Network with tabletop sposnors and view scientific posters.

 

Transition to Cannabis/CBD/Hemp Breakout Sessions - Part I (Regulatory & Legal Focus) [See Separate Agenda] | Location: North Convention Center, Lower Level, Islander H

 

Money and the Marketplace

10:40-11:50am

The state of the economy is ever present in the news cycle, and increasingly on the minds of consumers. Its effects on the marketplace are farther reaching than generally discussed, influenced by investor expectations, mergers & acquisitions, and consolidation. How does this impact the industry? How does it mesh with consumer expectations? We'll look at the big picture.

Presenters: William Hood, William Hood & Company; Diane Ray, Natural Marketing Institute

 

Current Legal and Regulatory Challenges within the Dietary Supplements Industry

11:55am-12:55pm

This session will highlight legal and regulatory challenges affecting the sports nutrition sector. The composition and identity of multi-ingredient products by input will also be covered. 

Presenters: Jonathan Manfre, Esq., Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC; Anthony Young, Esq., Kleinfeld, Kaplan and Becker LLP

Sponsored by: Sabinsa Corp.

 

Lunch + Presentation

1-2:30pm

Sponsored by: Alkemist Labs

 

Transition to Cannabis/CBD/Hemp Breakout Sessions - Part II (Cultivation, Manufacturing & Compliance Focus) [See Separate Agenda] | Location: North Convention Center, Lower Level, Islander H

 

Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing of Botanicals 

2:30-3:30pm

Moderator: Naturex representative

Presenters: Josef Brinckmann, Traditional Medicinals Inc. (Invited); Teresa Mulliken, TRAFFIC Int'l.

 

Break

3:35-3:50pm

Network with tabletop sponsors and view scientific posters.

 

Safety Assessment of Botanicals Throughout the Product Lifecycle

3:50-4:45pm

Various challenges exist when conducting post-market safety assessments for botanical products, including the potential complexity of marketed substances and the common practice of using more than one substance concomitantly. Experts will discuss various considerations to support a comprehensive framework for assessing complex product use in the interest of consumer safety.

Moderator: Gary Swanson, Herbalife Nutrition

Presenters: Kristy Appelhans, MS, ND, Herbalife Nutrition; Daniel Marsman, DVM, Ph.D., Procter & Gamble

Sponsored by: Herbalife Nutrition

 

Closing Remarks / Overview / Adjournment

4:50-5pm

Michael McGuffin, AHPA; Mark Blumenthal, ABC

 

 

*Agenda suject to change

 

Cannabis/CBD/Hemp Breakout Sessions: Mandalay Bay

Location: North Convention Center, Lower Level, Islander H

 

Regulatory and Legal Track

10:40am-12:55pm

Topics to include: 

  • Hemp Farming Act implications
  • Federal status and the CSA Schedules
  • FDA perspective and the Epidiolex Clinical Program

Moderator: Rend Al-Mondhiry, Esq., Amin Talati & Upadhye, LLP

Presenters: Lex Pelger, Bluebird Botanicals; Garrett Graff, Esq., Hoban Law Group; Hunter Land, GW Pharmaceuticals

 

Lunch + Presentation

1-2:30pm

Sponsored by: Alkemist Labs

 

Cultivation, Manufacturing and Compliance Track

2:30-3:30pm

Topics to include:

  • Growing hemp in the U.S.
  • cGMP compliance - 21 CFR 111

Presenters: Josh Hendrix, CV Sciences; Dean Cirotta, EAS Consulting Group, LLC

 

Break

3:35-3:50pm

Network with tabletop sponsors and view scientific posters. 

 

Cultivation, Manufacturing and Compliance Track continued

3:50-4:55pm

Topics to include:

  • Testing lab perspective and challenges
  • Cannabis distribution trends over geography and time

Presenters: Roger Brauninger, A2LA; Ben Adams, Phylos Bioscience

 

Closing Remarks / Overview / Adjournment

5pm

Jane Wilson, AHPA

 

*Agenda suject to change

 


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