About Us

Cannabis Industry Journal is an industry-specific eMagazine and Conference series serving the global cannabis industry. Built on the platform of the next generation model for B2B publishing, Cannabis Industry Journal delivers top quality content to the global marketplace on all aspects of the cannabis industry – from seed to sale – in the medical and recreational markets.

Mission Statement:

Cannabis Industry Journal publishes news, technology, trends, regulations, and expert opinions on cannabis business, safety, quality, and sustainability. We also offer educational, career advancement and networking opportunities to the global cannabis industry. This information exchange is facilitated through ePublishing, digital and live events. By providing such an exchange of knowledge and technologies, Cannabis Industry Journal will aid in the advancement of an informed and safe market for the global cannabis industry.

Leadership Team:

Aaron_headshotAaron Biros, Editor/Publisher
Aaron G. Biros joined Innovative Publishing LLC full-time after graduating Tulane University in May of 2015. Graduating with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, his coursework involved environmental sustainability, conservation policy, design thinking in collaboration, social innovation & entrepreneurship, food production & health, and environmental & health risk assessments. He has two years of experience working on staff as an associate editor for FoodSafetyTech.com, writing a series of articles focused on the intersection of food safety and environmental sustainability. Aaron is now the editor and publisher of Cannabis Industry Journal. @CannabisEditorContact Aaron.

Rick Biros, President/Publisher, Innovative Publishing Co. LLCRick Biros, President
Rick has 30 years of B2B publishing experience. Early in his career, he worked on Food Processing and then Food Engineering magazines in sales and then a management role. After an E. coli outbreak in the Pacific Northwest killed four children and made national headlines, Rick recognized the gap in food industry trade journals and created a new media segment by founding Carpe Diem Communications, where he developed and launched Food Quality, the first trade magazine serving the food safety and quality market. He then developed the Food Quality Award and The Food Quality Conference & Expo as well as launched two other print magazines, Pharmaceutical Formulation & Quality and Contamination Control. Under his direction, Food Quality and Pharmaceutical Formulation & Quality received editorial excellence awards from The American Society of Business Publication Editors which included his own monthly column in Food Quality. In 2007, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. acquired Carpe Diem and Rick went to work as their Global Business Development Director for Life Sciences.

In mid 2009, Rick continued his entrepreneurial interests with the development of Innovative Publishing Company, specializing in digital media and events. He developed the business model for Innovative Publishing Company with its first property, MedTech Intelligence, a digital magazine and e-newsletter coupled with a series of focused conferences, both online and onsite, serving the medical device and diagnostics industries. The digital media and events model addresses the three main marketing objectives of today’s B2B advertisers and exhibitors: Brand Awareness, Thought Leadership and Lead Generation. Innovative Publishing’s business model can validate a return on investment for advertisers that print media cannot, which results in high customer retention year after year.

In 2012, using the same business model, Rick expanded Innovative Publishing’s portfolio with its second digital magazine and e-newsletter, Food Safety Tech. In 2014, the Food Safety Consortium Conference & Expo debuted which added an exhibition hall to Innovative Publishing’s conference model. In late 2015, Cannabis Industry Journal was launched and in 2019, the Cannabis Quality Conference & Expo premiered.

In 2020, due to COVID-19, Innovative Publishing successfully pivoted to virtual events with a unique model of weekly episodes that is evolving into hybrid events for 2021 and beyond. Contact Rick

Maria Fontanazza, Editor-in-Chief, Innovative Publishing Co. LLCMaria Fontanazza, Editor
Maria has more than a decade of experience in journalism, marketing, and communications within the medical device industry. She was previously marketing communications manager and market research manager at Secant Medical, Inc., a manufacturer of biomedical textiles and advanced biomaterials. Maria was also an editor at MD+DI and has authored more than 250 articles that have appeared in domestic and international industry publications. She has a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications with a concentration in New Media and Visual Design, and a Minor in Fine Arts, from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT. Follow her industry insights at @MariaFontanazza. Contact Maria

RJ Palmero, Sales Director
RJ has more than 20 years of media, conference and agency experience. He was most recently a biopharmaceutical equipment contributor for the Pharma’s Almanac publication, and delivered several branding and research projects for pharmaceutical and medical device contract manufacturers. For 17 years RJ served as vice president of Interphex, the largest pharmaceutical manufacturing event in North America and was a key contributor of a successful launch of Medical Device Puerto Rico, which created the largest life sciences event in the Caribbean. RJ is an avid NY sports fan, and enjoys working out and spending time with his family and friends. RJ is married to his wife Beth, has a daughter Nora and dog Beau, and resides in Norwalk, CT. Contact RJ.

Food Safety Tech, MedTech Intelligence, and Cannabis Industry Journal are published and owned by Innovative Publishing Company, LLC, Edgartown, Massachusetts USA; Rick Biros, President and Founding Principal.