Dr. Robert Martin to speak at Pittcon 2017 - The World's Leading Annual Conference and Exposition on Laboratory Science

Pittcon 2017 will be held from March 5th-9th in Chicago, IL. Pittcon started as a small technical conference and exposition that was first held in the William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh in February, 1950.


Pittcon is made up of the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP).

This year is the first year Pittcon will incorporate Cannabis analysis and science, and our co-founder, Dr. Robert Martin, has been invited to speak on behalf of the Association of Commercial Cannabis Laboratories. 

"The symposium will also hear from Robert Martin, representing the Association of Commercial Cannabis Laboratories, who will outline their efforts to try to establish evidence-based quality measures for cannabis testing. The talk will touch upon issues faced in pesticides, residual solvents and microbiological testing, as well as consider the future of the cannabis testing industry."

Read the Pittcon Cannabis Testing Industry Guide Here

A High- Throughput Method for Routine Analysis of Pesticide Residues on Cannabis

Our VP of Technical Operations, David Egerton, recently published an article regarding the method we developed for analyzing pesticides on Cannabis and Cannabis-infused product in collaboration with AB SCIEX.


You can read the full article by following the link here! 


SCIEX and CW Analytical Collaborate to Develop First Cannabis Quality and Potency Testing Standards


SCIEX workflow solution enables legalized Cannabis labs to ensure product safety with robust, cost-effective analytical methods to facilitate routine testing.


September 12, 2016

FRAMINGHAM, MA — SCIEX a global leader in life science analytical technologies, today announced a collaboration with CW Analytical (CWAL), an industry leading marijuana testing laboratory, to develop fully validated standardized methods to measure pesticides and cannabinoids in Cannabis and Cannabis related products. As global demand for Cannabis quality testing solutions rises, analytical labs must look to mass spectrometry-based (MS) solutions for the accuracy and reliability to ensure product safety and regulatory compliance. This collaboration will provide the Cannabis industry at-large, with comprehensive, cost-effective analytical methods to facilitate routine testing with guidance and expected performance.

SCIEX will provide CWAL with LC-MS/MS expertise and instrumentation including the SCIEX Triple Quad™ 3500 System, with MultiQuant™ Software for processing multiple analytes and samples. Additionally, SCIEX will provide CWAL with onsite technical expertise to obtain optimal detection, recovery, and run time for quantifying pesticides, aflatoxins and cannabinoids.

“LC-MS/MS represents an ideal analytical platform to address testing needs for the Cannabis industry and only SCIEX can provide researchers with quality, routine workflows and the customer support they require to get their labs up and running quickly,” said Vincent Paez, Senior Director of Food, Environmental and Forensics Testing at SCIEX. “The global Cannabis testing industry does not currently have a standard method for the analysis of pesticides and cannabinoids, and together with CW Analytical, we look forward to implementing a method which can be used by all labs doing such an analysis.”

“Collaborating with SCIEX is truly an historic event, signalling the willingness of an internationally recognized analytical leader to support this emerging laboratory industry. This project will enable CW Analytical to ensure chemical pesticides, the presence of afla-toxins, and potency levels are accurately measured and reported for medical marijuana samples in a timely, affordable manner,” said Robert Martin, Ph.D, Co­Founder, Chief Operating Officer at CW Analytical. “LC­MS/MS is a key technology for us to apply to our day to day testing needs and SCIEX’s robust solutions and routine workflows make implementation seamless. The ability to accurately analyze hundreds of samples a day offers a unique level of efficiency to our laboratory.”

SCIEX is a member of the AOAC Cannabis Advisory Group and CWAL is the founding member of the Association of Commercial Cannabis Laboratories (www.cacannabislabs.com), a group of laboratories dedicated to proficiency in Cannabis testing. SCIEX and CWAL are uniquely positioned to drive method innovation and achievement of data quality objectives through these associations and is a major reason for the formation of this collaboration.

Learn more about SCIEX Cannabis Testing and CWAL.


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About CW Analytical

Founded in 2009 by a chemist and a microbiologist, CW Analytical's team of scientists and industry experts has been providing patients, cultivators, producers and dispensaries in California with important information about the safety, quality, and potency of their medical Cannabis products long before any state mandate.

The company's commitment to continuous innovation and technical development has led to strategic partnerships with companies like AB Sciex and the achievement of ISO 17025 accreditation in August of 2016.

CW Analytical's continued success is due to its ability to provide clients with accurate data at an affordable price coupled with quick turnaround times and unrivaled customer service. The company's mission is to enable clients to better serve their patients and compete in the medical Cannabis marketplace with the safest, cleanest, and most consistent medicine in California. CWAL social: www.cwanalytical.com, "Like" us on Facebook, Follow us on Instagram, Hear from us on Twitter

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The Trouble With Edibles

Cannabis-infused edibles pose many issues for producers and testing laboratories alike. Achieving homogeneity of Cannabinoid content throughout the food matrix requires special attention by the producer. In order to produce data that show accurate Cannabinoid content, infused edibles require special preparation before testing by the Cannabis laboratory. 

Working with a skilled and experienced lab is vital. Your laboratory partner can assist in setting up batch testing for microbiological screening and supply mixing charts designed to help you hit your target in dosage. Every product is different and requires special attention.

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