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Program Overview

A. Douglas Kinghorn, Ph.D.

Professor and Jack L. Beal Chair; Editor, Journal of Natural Products

Dr. A. Douglas Kinghorn has been Professor and Jack L. Beal Chair in Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, College of Pharmacy, The Ohio State University since 2004. He received doctoral degrees from the University of London [Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy, 1975; D.Sc. in Pharmacy, 1990]. Dr. Kinghorn performed postdoctoral work at the University of Mississippi and the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests are on the isolation, characterization, and biological evaluation of natural products from higher plants, particularly with potential anticancer, anti-infective, and taste-modifying activities.

Dr. Kinghorn is a Fellow of five scientific and professional societies and of The School of Pharmacy, University College London (UCL). Dr. Kinghorn was designated as the 1993 B. Kenneth West University Scholar (Senior University Scholar) by the University of Illinois Foundation and was awarded the 2002-2003 University of Illinois at Chicago Award for Excellence in Teaching. He received the 2010 Norman R. Farnsworth Research Achievement Award of the American Society of Pharmacognosy for lifetime contributions to natural products research. In December 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. He has authored or co-authored about 475 peer-reviewed research articles, review articles, and book chapters. Dr. Kinghorn has been Major and/or Thesis Advisor/Committee Member Chair to ca. 45 graduate students and has supervised over 60 postdoctorals and visiting scholars.

Adam Steel, Ph.D.

R&D Director, System Integration, Becton Dickinson and Company, Diagnostic Systems

Adam earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Chemistry from Gettysburg College and holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park. Adam was a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD for two years. He then moved to industry as a Scientist with Gene Logic working in the field of DNA microarrays. Adam moved into technical management with MetriGenix, as a spin-out of Gene Logic, as the Director of Product Development and eventually the Vice President for Research and Development. In 2005, Adam joined Becton Dickinson and Company in the Diabetes Care business unit developing continuous glucose monitoring products. He transitioned to the Diagnostics Systems business unit in 2007 as the leader for System Engineering department which is his current role. Adam has been a member of the ACS since his undergraduate studies at Gettysburg College.

Adrian Bradley

Partner, Cleveland Patent Attorneys

Adrian’s background in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries gives him an in-depth understanding of his clients’ business goals. This enables him to provide them with focused, commercially minded advice in the areas of patents, designs and supplementary protection certificates.

Adrian works closely with Fraser Brown, Nick Bennett and  Hazel Stewart to advise clients, particularly in the life sciences. Adrian develops close and long standing relationships with domestic clients, multinational corporations and overseas attorneys, who like his direct and collaborative approach.
Adrian has a particular expertise in post-grant issues in the pharmaceutical industry, which has been used to the particular advantage of clients based outside Europe, who rely on Adrian to help develop and implement their European strategies. Adrian also enjoys representing clients in oral proceedings at the EPO. Adrian Bradley – energising ideas for Cleveland clients since 2007

Alastair Cook

American Chemical Society, Sales Manager, EMEA Based in Oxford, UK, Alastair manages the ACS sales team covering Europe, Middle East and Africa. Alastair has a BA (Hons) in French Language & Literature from University College London. Alastair has worked in the Academic Publishing industry for nearly 25 years, having worked also for the likes of Elsevier, Thomson-Reuters, Springer Verlag and Wolters Kluwer. Alastair is experienced and impassioned about the how transition to digital means of communication changes lives and outcomes. Alastair has lived in the Middle East, SE Asia, and in various parts of Europe, and has a global overview of how information provision is transforming how research is done, and how increased research output progresses economic growth in mature and emerging parts of the globe.

Alfred Stern, PhD

Executive Vice President Polyolefins and Innovation & Technology, Borealis

Alfred Stern was appointed Borealis Executive Vice President Polyolefins and joined the Executive Board of Borealis AG in July 2012. He joined Borealis as Senior Vice President Innovation & Technology in 2008, where he lead the creation of a Borealis Group R&D headquarter and the implementation of several proprietary Borealis technologies. Prior to Borealis, Alfred worked for E.I. Du Pont de Nemours where he held several leadership positions in the areas of research and development, sales and marketing, and quality and business management in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. In his last assignment, he was Global Business Manager of a business unit in Engineering Polymers in the United States. He holds a PhD in material science and a Master's Degree in polymer engineering and science, both from the University of Leoben in Austria. Alfred is also a certified Six Sigma Blackbelt for Marketing. He has been awarded, among others, DuPont Awards for new product patents and outstanding customer relationship management and a Prize of Honour from the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research. Alfred is a member of the board of directors (supervisory board) of Borough PTE in Singapore and Engel Injection Moulding Machines in Schwertberg, Austria. He is also a member of the steering board auf Plastics Europe and President of the Society for the Advancement of Polymer Technologies in Austria.

Amos B. Smith, III

Editor-in-Chief, Organic Letters

Amos B. Smith, III, is the Rhodes-Thompson Professor of Chemistry as well as Member of the Monell Chemical Senses Center and Associate Director of the Penn Center for Molecular Discovery at the University of Pennsylvania.  In addition, he is both an Honorary Member and Visiting Director of the Kitasato Institute in Tokyo.  Dr. Smith's research is dedicated to natural product synthesis, bioorganic chemistry, and materials science. More than 75 architecturally complex natural products have been prepared in his laboratory. Moreover, Dr. Smith, in collaboration with Ralph Hirschmann, pioneered the design and synthesis of non-peptide peptidomimetics of neuropeptideic hormone/transmitters and protease enzyme inhibitors. In collaboration with Peter Jurs, Dr. Smith developed groundbreaking computerized pattern recognition techniques that make it possible to analyze primate chemical communication.

Dr. Smith received his PhD from Rockefeller University.  To date, he has co-authored over 575 publications and delivered over 600 invited lectures, including plenary lectures at the National Organic Chemistry Symposium and numerous Gordon Research Conferences. His recent honors and awards include Honorary Membership in the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Medal, Yamada Prize, Fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, and Inaugural Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

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Andrea Raninger, PhD

Deputy Director of the Criminal Intelligence Service, Austria Dr. Andrea Raninger earned her Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Vienna. She also holds a Master of Natural Science from the Faculty of Natural Sciences for Chemistry at the University of Vienna.

Andreas Buser, Ph.D.

Scientific Officer, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)

Andreas Buser received a master's degree in environmental sciences with a major in environmental chemistry at ETH Zurich in 2005 and a PhD on the topic “Siloxanes: Emissions, Properties and Environmental Fate” in 2013. Before rejoining ETH for his PhD thesis, he had worked as a consultant on substance flow analyses of persistent organic pollutants and biocides for three years. Since January 2014 he has been working as a scientific officer in the Industrial Chemicals Section of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment. His major tasks include carrying out and reviewing hazard and risk assessments of chemicals on a national and an international level.

Andreas Muheim

Head of Research Information Systems, Givaudan Schweiz AG