CloudLIMS Strengthens its Cannabis Testing Expertise with Ini Afia on SAB

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Ini Afia
Ini Afia
Owner, Cannsultation

Wilmington, Delaware – May 07, 2024, CloudLIMS, a SOC 2 compliant and ISO 9001:2015 certified LIMS software provider, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Iniobong Afia to its esteemed Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). As a leading provider of LIMS for a myriad of industries, including cannabis testing, CloudLIMS is dedicated to successfully delivering on the demands of the burgeoning cannabis testing industry. Ini’s extensive experience and expertise will be invaluable in further enhancing CloudLIMS’ configurable, fit-for-purpose LIMS platform, empowering cannabis testing labs to digitally transform operations for maximum efficiency and compliance. 

Iniobong Afia holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and possesses over fifteen years of leadership experience across various industries, including pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, and cannabis. He boasts a distinguished career collaborating with prominent biotech firms such as Abbott Laboratories, EMD Serono/Merck, Invitrogen Corporation, and ProCaps Laboratories. His transition to the cannabis industry in late 2014 marked a significant moment in his career, where he played a crucial role in establishing a laboratory from scratch in Las Vegas, NV, overseeing the installation of equipment, development of analytical methods, creation of Standard Operating Procedures, and implementation of Track-and-Trace systems. Nevada, as the first state to enforce comprehensive and stringent analytical testing on cannabis covering pesticides, microbials, potency, terpenes, heavy metals, solvents, and mycotoxins, afforded Ini invaluable experience in the cannabis analytical sector. 

Ini’s early contributions facilitated the successful method validation of mycotoxins on cannabis in collaboration with Romer Labs, as well as active participation in the method development processes of major analytical instrument manufacturers. His distinguished work in the cannabis industry was published in the Natural Products Chemistry & Research journal in an article titled *Terpenoid Chemoprofiles Distinguish Drug-type Cannabis sativa L. Cultivars in Nevada*, with further publications forthcoming. Through his leadership, Ini guided CannaSafe to become the leading accredited cannabis lab in California, overseeing over 150 employees and attaining the largest market share in the industry. As CannaSafe’s Scientific and Technical Director, Ini consistently developed and validated methodologies in assays critical for consumer safety, such as analyzing heavy metal contaminants from vaporizer smoke and identifying intoxicants in illicit products.

Moreover, Ini is an active member of the ASTM D37 Technical Committee on Cannabis, a Scientific Committee member for both the Emerald Conference and CannMed Conferences, a Scientific Advisory Board member for Analytical Cannabis magazine, and an Advisory Board member for UC Riverside Extension Professional Studies. His contributions extend beyond the laboratory, as he actively engages with the scientific community through high-profile podcasts and educational platforms such as his YouTube channel, Cannabis Conversations with Ini (@CannabisConversations).

In addition to his role at CloudLIMS, Iniobong serves as President of Cannsultation, a boutique analytical consulting firm, where he aids in the establishment, training, and validation of analytical laboratories across the United States. He is currently collaborating with a group of leading scientists, researchers, engineers, and business experts to address complex climate issues, focusing on translating and scaling up technologies from lab-scale to commercial-scale prototypes to accelerate the global transition to a carbon-free economy.

“We are pleased to welcome Ini to the CloudLIMS’ Scientific Advisory Board,” said Arun Apte, CEO of CloudLIMS. “Ini’s knowledge and acumen in cannabis laboratory management will be instrumental in guiding our strategic initiatives and product development efforts,” said Arun Apte, CEO of CloudLIMS. “His track record of leadership and innovation in the cannabis industry aligns perfectly with CloudLIMS’ commitment to equipping cannabis labs with an all-in-one solution to help them offer high-quality testing services while adhering to stringent regulatory guidelines and quality standards. We look forward to collaborating with Ini and making the most of his rich experience and insights to provide exceptional laboratory management software to cannabis labs worldwide.”

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