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From Farmer to Pharma – and Beyond – with Medicinal Cannabis and Industrial Hemp

Wednesday 12th May 2021 @ 8:50 am - 3:30 pm

“Hemp is one of the most profitable productions the earth furnishes in northern climates…” Edward Antil 1777

Every part Cannabis sativa  – stalks, seeds, flowers and leaves – can be harvested and processed, making hemp a versatile plant with multiple uses. This means that a single crop has the potential to produce a wide range of products, including biomaterials, cosmetics, feed, food and supplements.

In addition the use of plant extracts, such as CBD, is growing worldwide and represents a major opportunity for growers to produce higher value crops.

This is your opportunity to meet the key players across the value chain and learn more about what is involved in the broadacre and controlled environment production of hemp and cannabis, new variety development, processing solutions and needs, regulatory requirements and potential routes to market.

And, most importantly, how the business model going to work and how – and in which directions – the money is going to flow.


Missed out on our teaser event last year – catch up now!

From Farmer to Pharma – and Beyond – with Medicinal Cannabis and Industrial Hemp

In association with Hanway Associates

09.00     Log on to platform


9.50        Welcome and Introduction

Chaired by George McBride, CEO, Hanway Associates


9.55        Keynote Address: “How can hemp work as a tool to achieve the EU Green Deal”

Lorenza Romanese – Managing Director, European Industrial Hemp Association


11.00     Break

Speed Networking and schedule meetings with other attendees


11.30     From Seed to Field – The Crop Perspective

Stable genetics and straightforward agronomy are key to helping farmers maximise the economic benefit of growing alternative niche crops. This session will explore the current landscape for hemp and cannabis genetics in the UK, as well as provide some insights into the latest thinking around the agronomy and management of the crop.

Chair: Robin Wood, CEO Elsoms

                  “Hemp – The Crop of Opportunity?”

John Barrett, CEO, Sentry Farms

                 “Dual-Purpose Hemp: Potential as an innovative rotational crop?”

Rob Simmons, Cranfield University

                 “Releasing the potential of hemp for British arable farmers”

Chloe Lockhart, Combinable Crops Advisor, NFU


12.30     Lunch


Exhibitor Case Studies for adding value – live drop-in:

12.45     “The world’s first off-grid mobile supercritical fluid extraction hardware: opening new doors” – Alex Novitskiy, CEO, NovaExtraction

1.15       “Title TBC” – Alex Sparrow, Founder and Managing Director, Hempcrete

1.30       “Meet the team” – Hanway Associates


13.45     Business Models for Commercial Success

Clarity on the potential investment models around the use of high value niche crops with multiple potential applications is urgently needed. In this session we will hear from experts who will be sharing their insights around the risk/reward balance for all those in the hemp value chain and understanding the investment landscape necessary for commercial success.

Chair: Charles Whitaker, Managing Partner, Brown & Co

“Land to Brand – Growing a British Champion”

Xan Morgan, Director, Equinox International Holdings Ltd

“UK Hemp in a Global Context”

Peter Shippen, Founder, Britannia Bud

“Cannabis in Europe: markets and challenges”

Alex Brooks, Investment Analyst, Canaccord Genuity


14.45 Break – Speed Networking


15.15     Regulation and Market Insights – Capturing the Value

Chair – Lily Temperton, Consultant, Hanway Associates

“Risk and Regulatory Intervention: Navigating the Legal Cannabis Industry”

Robert Jappie, Life Science and Cannabinoid Regulation, Ince

CBD and Hemp products: Fad or the Future?

Tim Philips, MD CBD-Intel


16.15     Closing Comments

Summary of the day, where we are looking to for the future – George McBride, Hanway, CEO

Agri-TechE Closing Comments – Belinda Clarke, Director, Agri-TechE


16.30     Follow up with any contacts, last chance to network


18.00     Platform Closes

Speakers at this event will bring insights and expertise from a wide range of organisations and institutions – some of the speakers include:

Speakers & Chairs

Alex Brooks, Canaccord Genuity

Alex Brooks

Senior Analyst, Canaccord Genuity

Alex Brooks is an experienced capital markets professional, working in energy, resources, sustainability and materials for more than 20 years in a range of roles. He has spent much of the past two years building the Canaccord franchise in cannabis in Europe, where we have done three significant transactions (EMMAC, Brains Bioceuticals, and Bridge Farm) as well as presenting at numerous conferences and events. Canaccord is a multi-sector mid-market broker, and is the largest fundraiser for the cannabis industry worldwide.

Alex Sparrow, UK Hempcrete

Alex Sparrow

Founder and Managing Director, UK Hempcrete

Alex Sparrow has been building with hempcrete and other bio-based, carbon sequestering construction materials for over a decade. As a specialist contractor, material supplier and consultant, he has been involved in approximately 350 hempcrete projects in a range of contexts; from retrofit and historic restoration, through new build houses and additions, to commercial buildings. 

He co-authored The Hempcrete Book; Designing and building with hemp-lime and sits on the board of the ASBP (Alliance for Sustainable Building Products) in London. 

Alex now works internationally proving training, consultancy and specialist design services for organisations around the world who want to create truly zero-carbon buildings using hempcrete and other bio-based construction materials. 

UK Hempcrete is a company providing specialist contractor services in construction, known for its innovation in zero-carbon buildings, and the construction of the structural and thermal envelope from renewable and/or recycled materials. UK Hempcrete provides specialist hempcrete, limecrete, timber framing, natural insulation & lime plastering services to domestic and commercial clients. 

Alexander Novitskiy, CEO and co-founder, Nova Extraction

Alexander Novitskiy

CEO and Co-Founder, Nova Extraction

Alexander has a PhD in clean chemistry from the University of Nottingham for his work with Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff on supercritical fluids as a replacement for hazardous solvents. He then spent over 9 years in financial industry before starting Nova Extraction with his co-founder Sergey.

Nova Extraction sells off- and on-grid supercritical fluid extraction machinery. Their proprietary hardware offers unique possibility of on-site CO2 extraction of perishable material.

Charles Whitaker, Brown and Co

Charles Whitaker

Managing Partner, Brown & Co

Charles Whitaker, a founder partner of Brown & Co and Managing Partner, has 30 years of experience providing management and consultancy services to farmers and landowners throughout the UK.

Charles specialises in larger businesses, changing business performance and complex family and business structures, and holds non-executive and executive roles on management and farming company boards.

Charles has extensive experience in land management, farming and farm business management in South America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe having established client and Brown & Co businesses in a number of countries over the last 20 years.

Chloe Lockhart, NFU

Chloe Lockhart

Combinable Crops Advisor, NFU

Chloe is from North Warwickshire and has grown up surrounded by agriculture from a large farming family. Chloe has worked on an arable farm for many summers between school and university and still dabbles when required or when withdrawal symptoms kick in!

After graduating with an Agronomy degree from Newcastle in 2016, Chloe went on to do a technical adviser role for a fertiliser company, matching nutrition to field and tissue tests, formulating recommendations and learning how to achieve optimum results with precise inputs.

Moving into agricultural policy, Chloe started as the combinable crops adviser for the NFU in HQ at Stoneleigh and in this capacity has worked specifically with industrial hemp, driving the NFU’s position and lobbying to make the crop more accessible for UK farmers. It is absolutely vital that growers have access to as many options as possible to expand the rotation and diversify businesses in the current political and trading uncertainty.

CEO, Hanway Associates

George McBride

CEO, Hanway Associates

George McBride is a commercial barrister turned cannabis reform advocate and industry consultant. He co-founded Cannabis Europa, Hanway Associates and First Wednesdays. Hanway Associates is a strategic consultancy specialising in the cannabis sector which specialises in growth strategies, market access, product launches, operational excellence, business development and strategic partnerships in the nascent cannabis sector.

CEO, Sentry Limited

John Barrett

CEO, Sentry Limited

John is a Director of Sentry Ltd., having worked in the business for the last 22 years. He oversees the management of farms across East Anglia and Kent. He has been working on hemp for the last 18 months, gaining insight into understanding the challenges of licenses, growing, harvesting, drying and marketing the crop.

Lily Temperton, Hanway Associates

Lily Temperton

Consultant, Hanway Associates

Lily is a Consultant at Hanway Associates and has worked across a broad range of cannabis consultancy projects since 2018, providing regulatory guidance and market analysis for medical, CBD, industrial hemp and recreational clients. She has also written industry reports including the European Medical Cannabis Ecosystem (EMCE, 2020) which was produced in partnership with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Lorenza Romanese, MD, European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA)

Lorenza Romanese

Managing Director, European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA)

A veteran policy advisor and communication manager at European level, Lorenza has led EIHA’s efforts in Brussels since February 2019. She has worked with a number MEPs to propose hemp reforms to the Common Agriculture Policy in the European Union and other EU hemp related policies. Lorenza previously advised interests in the oil and gas sector, and led the European Association of Independent Winegrowers. She is a native of Italy and graduated from the University of Gorizia with a Master of Arts in European Affairs.

Robert Jappie, Ince

Robert Jappie

Life Science and Cannabinoid Regulation and Partner, Ince

Robert Jappie is a Partner at Ince, specialising in Cannabis Law and Regulation. Since he launched the UK’s first dedicated Cannabis Law department in May 2018, Robert has become a leading and well-respected legal expert within Europe’s fast-growing cannabis industries. With the legalisation of medicinal cannabis and CBD supplements rolling out across Europe, Robert has become the leading legal authority on the developing regulatory environment both here in the UK and in Europe.

He currently acts for several established CBD brands, Licensed Producers, Medicinal Cannabis companies and distributors, advising on the full range of regulatory and commercial issues facing the sector.

Rob Simmons

Robert Simmons

Reader in Sustainable Soil Management, Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute

Dr Rob Simmons is an applied soil scientist with more than 25 years’ experience of sustainable soil management founded on a robust understanding of the associated processes. Rob has an extensive research portfolio and has led multiple BBSRC, NERC, Innovate UK, Environment Agency, WRAP and AHDB funded projects over the last 10 years.

Robs current UK based research activities focus on applied solutions to control runoff and erosion across a range of horticultural crops, polymer-based options to promote seeding emergence and stand establishment and management options to improve stand longevity in asparagus. Rob has been interested in the potential soil health and rotational benefits of industrial hemp for several years and in 2020 organised a workshop hosted at Cranfield entitled ‘Optimising the multi-purpose outputs and benefits of Industrial Hemp’.

Robin Wood, Deputy Chairman, Elsoms

Robin Wood

CEO, Elsoms

Robin has had a lifelong career in horticulture and agriculture after gaining a degree in horticulture at Wye College. Prior to joining Elsoms, Robin spent time with ADAS at both Stockbridge House and Kirton experimental stations being involved in field vegetable research before joining Elsoms as Trials and Brassica Crop Manager. Robin moved and joined Horticulture Research international (HRI), working at both Kirton and Wellesbourne before returning to Elsoms where he is now Deputy Chairman.

Tim Phillips, Managing Director, CBD-Intel

Tim Phillips

Managing Director, CBD-Intel

Tim is managing director of CBD-Intel, a business intelligence service providing professional, independent market analysis and regulatory tracking for the growing cannabidiol sectors in Europe and Internationally. He is also managing director of a sister publication, ECigIntelligence, which is a leading source of independent data for the e-cigarette and vaping sector globally, providing unbiased information to numerous leading international companies together with government regulators such as the FDA and the UK government.

Tim is a UK-qualified attorney, having worked at the European Commission, Herbert Smith, BSkyB, AOL Europe, and as director of public affairs at Betfair as it went through its £1.5bn IPO in 2010. He was also a partner in a New York venture capital-funded startup in the diamond sector. Tim qualified as a lawyer at the College of Law, London, and holds an MA in Geology from Oxford University.

Xan Morgan, Equinox International

Xan Morgan

CEO, Equinox International

Xan is Chief Executive Officer of Equinox International. From founding one of the UK’s leading medical cannabis companies, building environmental technology projects around the world, working with his family’s Morgan Motor Company, to launching a top tier lifestyle cannabis brand in London’s Soho district to media acclaim, Xan Morgan is a category disrupter and business builder. He is noted for his cultural fluency. Leadership roles include his work with Bluewater Bio and Equinox International.

Equinox is a Land to Brand British cannabis company, which is building a UK medical cannabis cultivation and production facility to provide British cannabis for British patients. Equinox has developed proprietary genetics and formulations with Oxford Antibiotic Group, as well as a British Champion medical brand – OXON, our Oxford centric brand, which also conducts research with Oxford Antibiotic Group.

Agri-Tech Explore: From Farmer to Pharma—and Beyond with Medicinal Cannabis and Industrial Hemp

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The use of plants for regulated therapeutic use and other applications is growing worldwide and represents a major opportunity for growers to produce higher value crops. This is your opportunity to meet the key players in the value chain and learn more about the agronomy of these crops, new variety development, processing solutions and needs, regulatory requirements and potential routes to market.


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May 12th, 2021 9:50 AM through  4:30 PM
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United Kingdom
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Wednesday 12th May 2021
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