Event Details

Opportunities & Challenges of CBD Hemp Boom

Cashing in on the CBD Gold Rush

2019-09-26 17:30:00
Date/Time   Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 5:30pm
Place   The Chateau Restaurant  (Directions)
195 School Street
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 781.894.3339
Price   $35 - Non-members
$47 - AIChE Boston Annual Membership and Meeting
$32 - AIChE-Boston & ASME Boston Members & Students
Topic Info  

Cashing in on the CBD Gold Rush
Opportunities & Challenges of the CBD Hemp Boom!

Co-hosted by AIChE-Boston & ASME Boston Section
(When registering - please provide dinner entree choice in "reasons for attending" ---  And let us know if you do not receive a confirmation email - this has happened recently and some registrations are not being completed!)

Hosted by:
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE-Boston)

The topic should be of interest to - Investors  - Chem Es - Entrepreneurs  - and virtually everyone interested in making money in the rapidly growing "CBD / Hemp Industry"  

“CBD Market Could Reach $20 Billion By 2024"  Forbes
Hemp is part of the cannabis family. But unlike medical cannabis, it does not contain sufficient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to produce a high. The recent demand for hemp is being primarily driven by the growing popularity of another chemical found in cannabis plants—cannabidiol (CBD). 

The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill legalized Hemp farming and CBD extraction in all 50 US States.

Explosive Industry Growth!
2019 CBD sales are about $700 million and are expected to quickly grow to over $20 Billion by 2024. 

“Natural food stores can't keep it on the shelves and CBD can now be found at massage spas, gyms, and through an army of direct sellers. But where the large-scale growth will come over the next few years is through mass market retailers."  
The Brightfield Group

Challenges & Opportunities
While the CBD market explosion is based on traditional Chemical & Biological Engineering Process technologies, it is in many ways a new field with many challenges.

Chemical Engineers who can help solve these industry challenges are well positioned to cash in on this Gold Rush Boom!

Rob Reintjes, who provides Project Management, Strategic Investing and Consulting services to the CBD / Hemp Industry will be moderating a panel of CBD industry experts. 

The Opportunities and Challenges in each of the following categories will be presented and then the audience will be invited to take part in an informational round table discussion. 

Panel Discussion – Topics to be covered

  • Investing in CBD
  • Industry Regulations and Over View
  • Extraction Business Opportunities
  • Designing Processes and Equipment
  • Product formulation and delivery systems
  • Hemp Growing

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM  Registration and Networking - Cash Bar
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM  Full Dinner- Chateau Restaurant (see meal choices below)
7:15 PM - 9:00 PM  Presentation & Panel Discussion

Please note for Students - this meeting is free! You will be served Pizza dinner.
In "reasons for attending" - write in "Student - Free Pizza" 

For Professionals this is a Full Dinner meeting - see prices below
Please select one entree below and enter your choice in the "reasons for attending" field when registering.

  • Baked Lasagna with Meatballs
  • Penne Pasta with Meatball & Sausage
  • Toasted Ravioli with Meatballs

If you need a vegetarian meal - the Baked Lasagna can be served with Marinara sauce
- or for an additional $3 (pay at door) you can request

Penne Giardinara Vegetarian   (Seasonal vegetables sautéed with san marzano tomatoes in a light garlic  wine sauce. Tossed with asiago & romano cheeses, penne & fresh basil)

FYI - All Entrees Include:
Fresh Garden Salad • Chateau's Famous Italian Bread & Butter • Fresh Ground Coffee or Tea • Dessert

Registration: Please register by Monday, September 23 rd.  Pre-registration required.

If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Gugliotti" EGugliotti@irwinengineers.com

Speakers   Rob Reintjes

Rob Reintjes provides Project Management, Strategic Investing and Consulting services to the CBD / Hemp Industry.  Mr Reintjes has over 30 years of experience in the Management & Marketing of Technological Innovation. He has founded and managed several successful ventures, including an ultrasonically fused composites manufacturer for the medical, automotive, military, marine, and consumer markets. He has extensive experience in the chemical processing industry, having worked for such multinational corporations as W.R. Grace, Thermo Electron, and Yankee Chemical. Positions held have included Manufacturing Engineer, Product Manager, Sales Manager, Operations Manager and Director R&D.

Mr. Reintjes served as Section Chair, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2004-05), and is currently Chair, AIChE-Boston Advisory Board (2008 - present.) He serves on the Tufts University Chemical and Biological Engineering Departmental Advisory Board (2006 - Present).

BS Chemical Engineering, Tufts University   MBA, Northeastern University 

Fellow of the AIChE, 2015

Click here for LinkedIn Bio

John Moses

John Moses has over 30 years of experience in research, development, engineering, and commercialization of critical fluid processes for a variety of applications.  The founder and president of CF TECH, he is responsible for directing research and engineering. John is currently working on systems to separate THC from CBD.

CF Tech has been specializing in supercritical fluid processing for over 25 years.  Experience includes extraction using CO2, dimethyl ether, propane, and pentane, among other solvents and co-solvents.  In addition to CF services, CF Tech performs RD&E and is the designer and manufacturer of processing equipment, including the popular DurOLok pressure vessels.  DurOLok pressure vessels are ASME Code Stamped, quick-acting, easy to use and long lasting.

John received his Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Julia Agron

Julia is President of NOSHA, the Northeast Sustainable Hemp Association and one of the founders of the Mass Hemp Coalition, which is a loose collaboration between Mass farmers, manufacturers and retailers and NOSHA and Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA/Mass). Working in partnership with her husband, a permaculture designer and organic land care professional, they founded Trees of Life Farm with one mission: grow hemp; save the world.

Her heartfelt belief that hemp could save small farms, be an instrument of revitalization for urban and rural economies, and that, if farmed sustainably, could be a major factor in reversing our plunge towards climate catastrophe, led her to come together with other independent and craft farmers, processors, product manufacturers, and consumers to form NOSHA    For more info click here

Jeff Hays

General Manager, Artisan Industries, Process Solutions group

Jeff has been involved in the process engineering field for the last 30 years and has seen the Biotech boom take off working with companies like Amgen and Genentech back when they were start-ups. In his current position at Artisan Industries, he is dealing with the Hemp and Cannabis industry on some of the critical process steps involved in oil production.

Previously he has held executive positions in engineering at Pall Corporation, A.W. Chesterton.  Prior to that Jeff worked in the separations business at 3M and Millipore in multiple positions including Plant Manager and Director of Product Marketing.

BS University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee   Jeff holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

For more infomation click here

Linda Noel

Linda Noel has been farming hemp in Franklin, MA since 2018. She has been studying, educating people about and advocating for the Cannabis plant for over 30 years. She is a co-founder of Mass Cann/NORML, serving as its President for the first three years of the organization and then as Treasurer and co-creator of the Education Village in recent years.

As an activist and a farmer, she worked with legislators on Beacon Hill, officials from MDAR and other farmers and stakeholders to create the current hemp program and the craft marijuana cultivation cooperative license for marijuana. She is a founding member of the Northeast Sustainable Hemp Association (NOSHA), a member of The Massachusetts Hemp Coalition and a member of NOFA/Mass and a believer in the potential for the hemp plant to provide the raw material for an entirely new sustainable economy that can save the planet and the small family farm.

Rebecca L. Carrier, PhD

Professor & Associate Chair of Research, Northeastern University, Dept Chemical Engineering

Affiliated Faculty, Bioengineering

The overall theme of my research interests is the interaction between biological systems and materials, with specific applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine.

As it pertains to Hemp derived  cannabinoids such as CBD, I am interested in exploring how the absorption of these compounds can be improved compared to current delivery methods.  This approach would  include the impact of lipids on oral compound absorption, mechanistic studies of mucus barriers to drug and drug carrier transport.  

For more complete bio click here       click here for Northeastern University 

Michael Goodenough

Michael Goodenough is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of D&G Agtek, an Agriculture and Technology Company for the past 5 years. D&G Agtek is a founding member of the North East Sustainable Hemp Association.  Mike and his partners are passionate about scientific based research efforts in the Hemp processing industry and have partnered with local universities studying extraction techniques and efficiencies for several years.

Michael has been an advocate of the hemp agricultural industry in Connecticut.  His company, D&G Agtek specializes in hemp and CBD from soil to oil. Through his love of technology and agriculture he has built a team and company around three integral parts of the emerging East Coast” hempire”.  First from the soil, Mike and his team have not only built the first USDA approved greenhouse dedicated to hemp in CT and control several grows across the state but have also helped numerous farmers break into the hemp growing industry by providing certified seed, seedlings and consulting services. 

Next, with his extraction team he has led the way in capturing real time data that will benefit the CBD extraction community and the CT pilot program.

And finally, his company’s brand, "Sweet Heal" delivers premium quality CBD topical and edible products directly to consumers through the website sweetheal.com.

For complete bio click here

Dave Rogers

Dave Rogers, Massachusetts State Representative

Dave was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, District 24th  Middlesex in 2012.  He is Chairperson, Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy


Originally interested in pursuing a career in music, Dave went to Ithaca College.  While he performed professionally for a time after college, he ultimately decided to study economics and graduated as a member of the International Honors Society in Economics. After graduation Dave worked as an economic analyst for Wharton Econometric Forecasting, a national leading economic consulting firm.

He then moved to Washington, DC in 1992 and worked on the Clinton/Gore Transition team and then at the White House on the Task Force on National Health Care Reform led by Hillary Clinton.  He also worked in the congressional office of Congresswoman Eva Clayton of North Carolina, the first African-American woman elected from either of Carolinas since Reconstruction.

Realizing a law degree would help him better understand our society and how public policy impacts daily life, Dave returned to the Washington College of Law at American University in DC, graduating with honors and as a Member of the Law Review.  Right after law school, he accepted employment at a leading Boston law firm and practiced as business lawyer for 16 years, including as counsel at a cutting-edge biotechnology company and an innovative clean energy start up.

For more complete bio click here           click here for his Mass State Rep office info


Colin South, Ph.D.

Colin R. South, Ph.D. is CEO, enEvolv, Inc.,a next generation Synthetic Biology company using exponentially better genome engineering tools for the production of products enhancing health, environment, and food. They are located in Medford, MA. enEvolv has a subsidiary, Emerald City Bioscience actively developing microbial systems for the production of cannabinoids.

Dr. South is an experienced executive, entrepreneur, and leader. He has broad experience in the emerging bioprocess sector, having founded and held senior technical and operational leadership positions in companies across the life sciences, nutrition, agricultural, and energy sectors.

His senior roles include: CEO at Proterro Inc., Novogy Inc., and ViaLactia Biosciences, and President & Chief Strategic Officer of Mascoma Corp. Dr. South has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, a Masters in Engineering Management, and a PhD in Bioprocess Engineering from Dartmouth College.

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