MCR Labs, the Cannabis Center of Excellence (CCoE), and Innovate@BU (part of Boston University) recently announced a partnership to host the first "Cannabis Science Fair" on Saturday, December 11, 2021.
MCR Labs, the Cannabis Center of Excellence (CCoE), and Innovate@BU (part of Boston University) recently announced a partnership to host the first "Cannabis Science Fair" on Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 1:00-5:00 pm EST at the Boston University BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center. According to their press release (1), the event is meant to showcase the work of institutions striving to expand our understanding of cannabis through research and analytical explorations.
The event is free and open to the public with plans to feature poster presentations from commercial and academic institutions such as SCIEX, Skell Labs, the University of Vermont, Harvard University, and more. A keynote address on the importance of expanding cannabis research will be given by Dr. Peter Grinspoon, a Harvard Medical School and MGH Primary Care Physician. In addition, several Massachusetts cannabis experts and researchers will reportedly address attendees throughout the event.
"Research restrictions continue to limit what we can know for certain about cannabis, so our goal with events like this is to inform the public with data and evidence-based insights," said Michael Kahn, MCR Labs founder and CEO. "Promoting current research efforts helps chip away at the stigma around cannabis by highlighting the important and credible work being done to expand our understanding of the plant's potential."
MCR Labs offers product compliance testing to licensed cannabis producers and advancing research efforts is an important part of their overall corporate mission. Proceeds generated by event sponsorships from various analytical testing suppliers and donations during the event will go towards funding future research and advocacy initiatives led by the CCoE, which is MCR Labs' community partner for "The Cannabis Science Fair."
"It's not exactly surprising, but we're still thrilled at this level of interest from businesses and researchers for a cannabis-focused event at an institution of higher education," said Dr. Marion McNabb, CCoE founder and president. "Seeing so many abstracts and innovation submissions shows the need to shine a spotlight on the latest in cannabis science."
Anyone interested in learning more, sponsoring, or attending the event can find details on the event website.