New Zealand MedCan Summit

Oct 11, 2021, 8:00 AM
Oct 13, 2021, 5:00 PM
Cordis Aukland

About New Zealand MedCan Summit

MedCan Summit was created by BioTechNZ and Helius Therapeutics with the vision to build a sustainable event that plays a significant role in the aggregation of knowledge, to ensure a solid foundation of scientific understanding of cannabis for the advancement of public policy, and the nation’s overall public health.

Bringing together leading experts, scientists, clinicians, entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers and thought leaders, to share first-hand insights and up-to-date information about the world of medicinal cannabis, to help support the developing New Zealand sector.

MedCan Summit 2021 will build on the success of last year’s inaugural event, continuing to advance the sector with speakers presenting the latest medical and scientific findings and breakthrough technologies across medicine, science and industry.


Professor Raphael Mechoulam, PhD
Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr David Hepburn, MD
Medical Advisor, CloudForest Peru
Dr Staci Gruber, PhD
director, McLean Hospital
Dr. Adele Hosseini, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, Bod Australia
Dr Stewart Washer
Executive Chairman, Emerald Clinics
Director, Cannabis Doctors Australia and CDA Health
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Paul Mavor
Pharmacist, Health House International
Brent Zettl
President and CEO, ZYUS Life Sciences Inc.
Andrea Eng
Manager, Regulatory Practice and Analysis, Medsafe, Ministry of Health
Chris James
Medsafe, Group Manager
Dr Graham Gulbransen, FRNZCGP, FAChAM
Cannabis Consultant, GP and Addiction Specialist
Dr Mark Hotu
GP, Green Doctors
Dr Liza Schneider, BVSc
Director / Veterinarian, Holistic Vets
Dr Mike Williams
Director, Lakeland Clinical Trials Group
Simon Carson
Medical Director, Southern Clinical Trials Group Ltd
Sharlene Mavor
Medical Scientist, Medical Cannabis Research Australia
Tom Forrest CF
Founder & Horticultural Specialist, Indicated Technolo
Rhys Cohen
Director, Cannabis Consulting Australia
Gareth Corbett
Director Clinical Operations, Pharmaceutical Solutions
Dr Anna Campbell, PhD
Managing Director, AbacusBio
Dr Jo Nunnerley
Academy Director, Burwood Academy of Independent Living (BAIL)
Dr Rick Acland MbCHb, FAFRM (RACP)
Rehabilitation Specialist, Christchurch
Dr Stephen Tallon, PhD
Team Leader, Process Engineering Group, Callaghan Innovation
Dr Rachel Galettis, PhD
Clinical Trial Manager, Australian Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE)
Dr James Polston, PhD
Chief Science Officer, Helius Therapeutics
Dr Stefan Hill
Research Leader, Chemical Characterisation, Scion
Helen Bellchambers
Senior Associate, AJ Park
Dr James Robinson, PhD
Principal, AJ Park
Dr Richard Newcomb, PhD
Chief Scientist, Plant & Food Research
Dr Geoff Noller, PhD
Research Consultant, Substance Use and Policy Analysis
Yvonne Bonomo, MBBS, FRACP, PhD, FAChAM
Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
Mary Jane McCarthy
Manager Forensic Toxicology and Pharmaceuticals, Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR)
Dr. Trevor Stuthridge
Research Director, AgResearch
Jason Wargent
Chief Science Officer and technical founder, BioLumic
Martin Woodbridge
International Consultant, Woodbridge Research
Tara M. Creaven-Capasso, MAppSc., RAC, RQAP-GLP
Director / Founding Partner, Caduceus Medical Development, Ltd.
Andy Herbert
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Consultant, Bioboy Limited
Richard Campbell
Investment Manager, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
Dr Andrew Lewis
Head of Lipids and Natural Products Team,IBT Group of Research and Technical Services (RTS), Callaghan Innovation
Richard Keene
Consultant, Keene Manufacturing Solutions
Mark Robinson
Business Innovation Advisor, Health, Callaghan Innovation
Andrew Cameron
Principal Consultant, HealthiNZ Limited
Kai Keli’iho’omalu
Cultivation Manager, Helius Therapeutics
Bruce Fraser
New Zealand General Manager, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
Tobias Schappeler
Managing Director, Scitek Australia Pty Ltd
Katy Thomas
TV Presenter. Editor. Mother and overnight Influencer.
Lanai Carter
Dr Andrew Kelly, BVSc PhD
Executive Director, BioPacific Partners
Dr Zahra Champion
Executive Director, BioTechNZ
Graeme Muller
Chief Executive Officer at NZTech