Toby Astill, PH.D.

Poster Presenter

Dr. Toby Astill is PerkinElmer’s Sr. Business Manager focused on the Cannabis & Hemp Markets. Dr. Astill has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and has spent the last 10 years working in Science, Technology and Business Roles for leading technology companies. For the last 6 years he has worked for PerkinElmer, based in locations across the West Coast of Canada & US. Dr. Astill is now focused on driving collaborations in all cannabis and hemp initiatives; including but not limited to market & industry research, collaboration agreements with customers, application content development and field marketing initiatives.
Overcoming the Challenges Associated with Pesticide Analysis of Cannabis using a Dual Source LC-MS/MS to ensure Patient Safety.

Development of a new analytical LC-MS/MS method

A new analytical LC-MS/MS method has been developed and qualified to allow cannabis laboratories to complete the entire California & Oregon Pesticide assay (including molecules such as Chlordane and pentachloronitrobenzene) in one quick method, using one instrument. Data will be presented to show the long term stability of the method, simplicity of sample preparation, robustness towards any contamination from the dirty matrices, and detection limits well below the State requirements (LOQ<=10 ppb). References will show that having a validated method for the cannabis testing industry is key in ensuring the highest quality of cannabis reaches the patient. In addition, the influences of the various cannabis sample types tested will be discussed, and details specified on how to handle flower, concentrates, and edibles.