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Register Today for SFATA’s Information Session at TPE in Las Vegas

TPE_16_Logo_92815_web_311Will you be in Las Vegas next week for the Tobacco Plus Expo? SFATA is hosting an information session before TPE opens on critical challenges facing the vapor industry right now. Register today.

Subjects to be covered include:

  • Diacetyl Threats and Litigation
  • Product Standards and Innovation
  • Challenges to Standardized E-Liquid Testing
  • Non-Nicotine Nutraceutical E-Liquid Regulation
Online registrations for our information session will be open through Friday, March 11, and you can register at the door.

Register for the Tobacco Plus Expo today by clicking here.

Event Location:
Las Vegas Convention Center
Hall 3, Room S229

Event Date and Time:
Monday, March 14
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

“What You Need to Know about Diacetyl Threats & Litigation” presented by David E. Kawala

Kawala concentrates his practice in the defense of civil litigation and earned his B.A. at Northwestern University and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. Kawala’s experience has focused on a variety of personal injury litigation, including construction and transportation professional negligence litigation, general liability litigation, products liability and chemical exposure liability matters. Kawala is a member of Chicago, Illinois State and American Bar Associations and Defense Research Institute.

Kawala’s trial experience includes more than 30 trials in state and federal courts in Illinois and Indiana. He has also been admitted pro hac vice in the following states: Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Mexico, Texas, California, Washington, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.

Kawala has been at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP since 1992. Prior to joining the firm, he was at Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon from 1987-1992 and Chadwell Kayser from 1985-1987.

“Product Standards & Innovation” presented by Gal Cohen 

Gal Cohen, Ph.D. is head of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for PAX Labs, Inc., a vaporization technology company based in San Francisco, Calif. He has 25 years of experience in medical devices and biomedical engineering. His industry experience includes product management and business development related to inhaled pharmaceuticals at Nektar Therapeutics and strategic planning for the diabetes division of Medtronic. Cohen has a Ph.D. in neuroscience/cellular and molecular physiology from Stanford University, where he was a Hughes Fellow. He graduated with honors and distinction from Stanford with an undergraduate degree in biology and a master’s degree in electrical engineering.

“Challenges to Standardized E-Liquid Testing” presented by Kim Hesse

Hesse is a business development manager at Global Laboratory Services with a history of customer service in the laboratory industry. Her career in the laboratory industry began January 2008 in Germany where she was trained on instrumentation used within the lab and its application in the analysis of crop protection agents. Since then, Hesse has expanded to working more in-depth in the tobacco laboratory industry and pharmaceutical industry.

As business management manager at Global Laboratory Services, Hesse speaks at numerous events nationally and internationally. She continues to help the vaping industry grow in the understanding of the what analyses are routinely being performed on e-liquids and e-cigarettes and listens to what the industry wants next in means of testing and data.

She earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Kent State University and attended Arizona State University’s School of International Business Management.

“Non-Nicotine Nutraceutical E-Liquid Regulation” presented by Todd Harrison, Esq.

Todd Harrison focuses his practice on Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)/Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), as well as other federal, state and international consumer protection agencies governing rules and regulations related to drugs, foods, dietary supplements, homeopathic remedies, medical devices, medical foods and cosmetics. Harrison works extensively in the areas of food and dietary supplement safety, labeling and advertising claims. He drafts opinion letters regarding the status of food ingredients in the United States and assisted in the preparation of food additive petitions, GRAS notifications, and new dietary ingredient notifications. He also assists companies in developing self-determined GRAS position for food ingredients.

Harrison advises clients on issues related to FDA and FSIS’s labeling requirements as well as on organic products and genetically modified organisms. Additionally, he advises clients on international food issues.