CannaGather is the largest cannabis industry community in the New York City Metro area. Join us for a lecture style event with amazing speakers plus a great networking community. No cannabis consumption is allowed at our events, due to New Jersey State law...we hope this will change!
Chanda Macias, MBA, Ph.D., is the Owner and General Manager of the National Holistic Healing Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary (NHHC) in Washington D.C. NHHC is a patient advocated company dedicated to providing individuals with debilitating medical conditions, and specific illnesses with alternative allopathic medicine. NHHC provides patient education and support, medical marijuana, and medical marijuana-infused products to qualifying patients or designated caregivers in compliance with the DC Department of Health. Dr. Macias earned her Ph.D. from Howard University in 2001 with a concentration in Cell Biology. She was extensively trained at the Howard University Cancer Center studying, breast cancer and evolved her studies to focus developing a model to understand how prostate cancer metastasizes to bone (Macias et al., 2002). She was recruited directly from graduate school to a Fortune 500 Company, Colgate Palmolive Company, to research oral diseases and possible treatment options. Contributing to the launch of several billion-dollar brands including Total® toothpaste and Simply White®, Dr. Macias innovation resulted in three (3) U.S. Patents, and eleven (11) Global Patients (World Intellectual Property Organization). Due to her love of the District of Columbia and metropolitan area, Dr. Macias returned and engaged her passion to innovate through evaluating patients at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Assigned to the Cancer Immunology Art Unit, Dr. Macias examined innovations from a myriad of inventors including Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies and pro se inventors from academic institutions. Dr. Macias derived from an interesting skill set, the ability to innovate in conjunction with the ability to critique innovations.
Alex Babich is the CEO and Founder of Nuravine, an environmental automation company. He started the business in 2017 with Adrian Logan at The Zahn Innovation Center, an incubator at The City College of New York. Early on, they realized the need for innovation in nutrient monitoring and dosing for hydroponics systems - leading them to develop the first version of their Elixir platform. A drive to understand his customers lead Alex to undertake the National Science Foundation I-CORPS program. Through the I-CORPS, he and his team spoke with hundreds of customers and visited over a dozen cannabis facilities nationwide to get a first hand look at the challenges farmers face.