Labstat — a cannabis testing lab — has announced the appointment of Dr. Willie J. McKinney Jr. to its Scientific and Strategic Advisory Board (SSAB).

In a press release, the company said that Dr. McKinney will help with strategy development, internal program conceptualization, and internal scientific research.

“Bringing onboard someone of Dr. McKinney’s caliber underscores [our] commitment to excellence in testing services,” said Michael Bond, President of Labstat International, in the press release statement. “We are excited to welcome Dr. McKinney to the Labstat team and look forward to leveraging his deep expertise, experience and network in toxicology.”

Dr. McKinney is a board-certified toxicologist by the American Board of Toxicology. Prior to joining the team, he served on the FDA’s Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) as a non-voting member. He also previously served as Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs for JUUL Labs, San Francisco CA, and as Vice President, Regulatory Sciences for Altria Client Services, Richmond VA.

As a company, Labstat is part of the Certified Group, and provides full-service laboratories that provide comprehensive testing in food, nicotine-containing products, cannabis, vape safety, dietary supplements, vitamin, and natural health product industries. In addition, their independent consultants — more than 150 of them across North America — provide comprehensive consulting, training and auditing services.