I have been in Science since a kid :). I built my first laboratory in my parent's Emmaus PA basement where I made nitrogen triiodide among other "things"! It would cause great fun and laughter as it would mysteriously "go off" while we were eating dinner. I managed to survive my teenage years and retain all my digits and limbs. From there I went to Penn State, where I could pursue my passion of chemistry and biology. I studied Biochemistry and worked in the great Richard Frisque Lab as both a laborer and student. After Penn State, I ended up working as an analytical biochemist for Tektagen (now Charles River Labs) and then the PA State Police as a Forensic Scientist. After several years I decided to go work for a startup biotech called STC (now Orasure). After several years of that, I left and started Avecon Inc., a diagnostics development startup. I sold that to my partner a year later and joined Merck and Co. Inc. where I stayed for 10 years, starting writing code and building applications more than not, and met some amazing people, friends, and colleagues. After 10 years at Merck, I left for GSK where I was the Philadelphia Site Head for Discovery Informatics and Head of the Structural Biology Domain. I left GSK after a large restructuring and spent the next 7 years at Accelrys (now Biovia) where we had great success in Scientific informatics software and services. I had a concept and idea I wanted to build and my next move took me to Schrodinger where we ended building a realtime comp chem and med/syn chem collaboration tool called LiveDesign. I left Schrodinger for a great opportunity to head up the R&D division for LabAnswer (now Accenture). After great success there I left to become Head of R&D IT for Medimmune (AstraZeneca). AZ was a great place to work but unfortunately, because of my family commitments, I had to resign. So here I am, 20/15 Visioneers and very happy and very motivated :)
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I am an accomplished and passionate “drug hunter” with over 31 years of pre-clinical drug discovery experience in large pharma. I earned my B.S. in Biochemistry from Lehigh University and received a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, under the direction of Professor Amos B. Smith III. After 8+ years at Merck Research Labs in Rahway NJ, where I began my industrial career as a medicinal chemist in the Department of Discovery Chemistry, I joined Johnson & Johnson where he established a high throughput chemistry unit and assisted with the establishment of high throughput screening and the subsequent medicinal chemistry post-screening follow-up. In 1999, I moved to SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, which became GlaxoSmithKline in 2000, where I rose through the ranks to Senior Director. I worked for GSK for over 20 years prior to retiring in 2019. I am passionate about applying science and enabling technology to further the quality of life around the world.