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Terpenes and Testing World Conference Announces John MacKay as Day One Keynote Speaker

Newport Beach, CA – April 1, 2017 – Terpenes and Testing is delighted to announce that scientific editor and longtime advisor John MacKay will deliver the poignant keynote speech on day one of Terpenes and Testing World Conference.

John MacKay has long studied chemistry. In his PhD thesis he focused on the synthesis of cancer fighting compounds. MacKay spent some time teaching before settling in at Waters Corp. At Waters, he worked developing innovative products for more than 30 years. In that span, MacKay began working with cannabis and soon became an outspoken voice in the industry.

Now retired from Waters, John MacKay is known among most in the industry for sub and supercritical fluid for extraction and chromatography. He has been working to create synergies in cannabis extraction that will optimize workflow in the botanical space. With this relevant experience, we are very excited to welcome him as a keynote speaker for our first annual Terpenes and Testing World Conference.

When speaking of the opportunity MacKay noted, “I am honored and humbled to asked to be the keynote speaker at such amazing event.  It will be a time to separate truthiness and truth with updates from the most respected scientists in the world.  I can’t wait to listen to the exciting current research, as well as the predictions of the future directions of full spectrum cannabis research.”

The two day conference will feature speakers, panels, a live demonstration page, and an exciting networking party. Speakers will be organized into two tracks delving into the extraction and laboratory testing space, with some cultivation panels and speakers sprinkled throughout.

Editor of Terpenes and Testing Magazine Cara Wietstock will be planning the speakers, panels, and live demos with the help of the ever-growing Advisory Board. After announcing the event Wietstock mentioned, “We are hoping to engage our attendees with poignant, relevant conversations. It was only natural to approach John MacKay, who has been a sage guide since our very first issue, to be the keynote speaker of the first day of our conference.”

John MacKay added, “I hope you also come to the open network with these scientists and your peers and ask the tough questions you have been pondering, discuss your new ideas, as well as the business possibilities.” With MacKay’s extensive experience and passion for moving forward we are confident that attendees will be enlightened as they start their day of fully immersive cannabis science education.



Terpenes and Testing World Conference will take place at the San Jose Convention Center April 11-12, 2018. Those who attend the conference can expect a plethora of information covering cannabis testing, extraction, and cultivation. Learn more about exhibiting, speaking, or attending at

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