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2024 ICBC Slovenia
Science & Technology
Schedule

13 September 2024

Friday, 13 September 2024

  • 10:00

    Conference Introduction

Alex Rogers, Executive Producer of the International Cannabis Business Conference, welcomes conference attendees and provides an overview of the conference schedule, including the panels and speakers that will be providing presentations and interviews.

Alex Rogers
Alex Rogers
CEO & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, ICBC
  • 10:15

    Keynote Speaker – TBA

  • 10:30

    Research And Development Efforts In Slovenia

Slovenia continues to work toward establishing an international R&D hub

Demand for hemp and cannabis-derived products and research is increasing around the globe every day, particularly in the medical cannabis sector. Slovenia is home to world-class universities, research facilities, and scientists making it well-positioned to become the leading international cannabis industry R&D hub on the planet. A panel of experts will discuss the latest updates from Slovenia, including policy modernization efforts that seek to boost the nation’s cannabis R&D efforts.

Prof Dr. Andreja Čerenak
Assist Prof. Andreja Čerenak, PhD
PLANT BREEDER; PROJECT LEADER, SLOVENIAN INSTITUTE OF HOP RESEARCH AND BREWING
  • 11:00

    Bridging The Gap Between Public And Private Sectors

Increasing collaboration between public and private sector entities
Dr. Drasko Veselinovic

Dr. Drasko Veselinovic

PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD, SLOVENIAN BUSINESS & RESEARCH ASSOCIATION, BRUSSELS, EU

Boštjan Koritnik

Boštjan Koritnik

DEPUTY MAYOR OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF LJUBLJANA

The public and private sectors both play vital roles in moving the emerging legal cannabis industry forward. For the emerging cannabis industry to reach its full potential and for humans to maximize the industry’s benefits for society, public and private entities in health, agriculture, industry, and sustainability must collaborate effectively, especially on larger projects. A team of panelists will discuss the needs, benefits, and strategies of forming public-private partnerships to boost societal outcomes.

  • 11:40

    Analyzing Germany’s Recent Cannabis Policy Changes

Breaking down the major components of Germany’s CanG law

Lawmakers in Germany have adopted a multi-faceted measure that overhauled the nation’s cannabis policies and regulations. The first phase of Germany’s new CanG law removed criminal penalties for personal adult possession, consumption, and cultivation. Permitting member-based social cannabis clubs is also part of the first phase of German legalization. Eventually, Germany will also launch regional adult-use commerce pilot programs. Attorney Kai Niermann will provide an in-depth analysis of Germany’s legalization model, including its impact on the nation’s medical cannabis industry.

Kai-Friedrich Niermann

Kai-Friedrich Niermann

FOUNDER, KFN+ LAW OFFICE
  • 12:10

    Modernizing Slovenia’s Cannabis Policies

Slovenia’s current cannabis policy modernization efforts

Voters in Slovenia will vote on two separate cannabis referendum measures in June, one focused on medical cannabis policy modernization and the other focused on decriminalization for adults. Leading expert Gašper Friškovec will discuss the impact of the referendum votes in Slovenia, as well as what current strategies advocates are pursuing in Slovenia to overhaul the nation’s cannabis policies and regulations. Mr. Friškovec will also examine the impact that cannabis reform victories in other European jurisdictions have had on Slovenia’s cannabis movement.

Gašper Friškovec

Gašper Friškovec

CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER, THE TALMAN GROUP
  • 12:40

    Lunch

  • 14:00

    Slovenia’s Tradition Of Innovation

Scientific and technological innovation is a long-standing tradition in Slovenia

Innovation is far from being a new phenomenon in Slovenia, with the nation’s scientific community being world-renowned for its efforts. Slovenia currently serves as a top international research and development hub for many industries, including the pharmaceutical industry, and soon it will also become an international hub for cannabis-based research. A panel of leading experts will provide an overview of Slovenia’s history of innovation and how the nation’s rich history of innovation is being applied to the emerging cannabis industry.

  • 14:20

    Unlocking The Medical Benefits Of Cannabis

Creating science-driven medications for evolving patient needs
Tamara Lah Turnšek

Prof Dr. Tamara Lah Turnšek

BIOCHEMIST, RESEARCHER, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY, LJUBLJANA

Borut Štrukelj, PhD

Prof. Dr. Borut Štrukelj

PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT FOR PHARMACEUTICAL BIOLOGY AT THE FACULTY OF PHARMACY, LJUBLJANA

David Neubauer

Prof. Dr. David Neubauer

PAEDIATRICIAN AND CHILD NEUROLOGIST

International cannabis researchers are currently working to further unlock the cannabis plant’s wellness capabilities at a rate never seen before in human history. The cannabis plant and the dozens of cannabinoids that it contains hold a tremendous amount of wellness benefits, much of which still needs to be properly researched and understood. Investigative research efforts are, in turn, providing valuable insight for scientists and engineers to incorporate into their science-driven medical cannabis product development strategies. We will discuss emerging medical cannabis research, product concepts and trends, and how the evolving needs of suffering patients are helping drive niche product development.

  • 15:00

    Looking Toward The Future Of Cannabis Research

What does the future hold for cannabis-focused research efforts?
Justin Tombe

Justin Tombe

COO, THE TALMAN GROUP

Božidar Radišic

Božidar Radišič

PROJECT MANAGER AND FOUNDER, RESEARCH NATURE INSTITUTE

The cannabis research sector is set to experience significant change in the coming years due to governments reforming laws, rules, and regulations that affect cannabinoid-based research. Hurdles and barriers that prevented or hindered cannabis research in past decades are being removed in many jurisdictions. Additionally, demand for cannabis research is greater than ever, thanks in large part to the exponential growth of the emerging cannabis industry. Panelists will provide updates regarding current cannabis research and explore what research concepts may be coming in the future.

  • 15:40

    Innovations In Hemp Technologies

Infusing technology into the emerging hemp industry
Petra Marinko

Petra Marinko

FOUNDER AND OWNER, PHARMA G, NABIE

Bogdan Mak

Bogdan Mak

DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER, POSESTVO SONČNI RAJ

The industrial hemp industry has become more sophisticated in recent years as the emerging industry has spread to nearly every corner of the globe. International demand for hemp-derived products, from fiber to floral products, is greater now than at any other time in modern history. Innovators are revolutionizing what is possible for the hemp plant and the products derived from it. Panelists will discuss the latest and most exciting technology being harnessed by the rising hemp industry.