Ini Afia

Principal, Cannsultation

Ini draws upon more than 17 years of leadership experience as a microbiologist, analytical chemist, and lab director in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and cannabis industries. He has worked with some of the top biotech companies in the world including Abbott Labs, EMD Serono/Merck, Invitrogen Corporation, and ProCaps Laboratories. Through his leadership in the laboratory, Ini built and led the analytical laboratory at Cannasafe to be the #1 accredited cannabis lab in California with over 150 employees and the greatest market-share holder in the space. As the Scientific and Technical Director of CannaSafe, Ini consistently worked to develop and validate methodology used in assays that directly impact consumer safety, including the analysis of heavy metal contaminants from vaporizer smoke and methods to identify intoxicants in illicit products, among others. Ini is also a member of the ASTM D37 Technical Committee on Cannabis and a Scientific Committee member of both the Emerald Conference and the CannMed Conferences. In 2020, Ini co-founded Cannsultation, a boutique cannabis laboratory consulting firm, to fill the great void left in the analytical laboratory space by adding best-in-class practices, efficiency, and integrity.