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PPXRD-9 Invited Speakers Bios

Dr. Simon Bates is currently a Principal in the Legal Consulting group at Aptuit, focusing on the solid state and intellectual property issues relevant to the pharmaceutical community.  A major component of this work is serving as a scientific consultant and expert witness for pharmaceutical companies involved in patent infringement cases.
Dr. Bates is an Applied Physicist by training with expertise in materials science and the solid state.  His specific expertise is in structural characterization of the solid state using x-ray and neutron diffraction. Before moving to Aptuit, Dr. Bates held the position of Fellow at SSCI Inc and was responsible for the Computational Methods and Innovation group.  In this role, he developed new technologies for solid state characterization and materials properties prediction dealing with both crystalline and amorphous materials.

In addition to his role at Aptuit Consulting Dr. Bates is an Associate Adjunct Professor in Industrial Pharmacy at Purdue University. In 1985 He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Hull for his work on Neutron Diffraction of Magnetic Rare Earth Alloys. The Neutron Diffraction Measurements were performed at the Institute Laue Langevin (Grenoble). Upon graduation, he worked as a Fellow in the Department of Physics at Edinburgh University.  In this capacity, he used x-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction measurements to study phase transitions in solid state materials. From 1988 to 2003, he worked in the Analytical X-ray equipment manufacturing and sales industry.  His positions as Product Manager at Philips Analytical and later at Kratos (Shimadzu), as well as Vice President of Science at Bede Scientific allowed Dr. Bates to focus on the implementation of new technologies into commercial X-ray diffraction systems.  Dr. Bates currently has over 40 international publications on diffraction analysis of solid state materials.

Dr. Jeff Lindeman has nearly 20 years of experience in successfully working with clients to develop, commercialize and defend their patent portfolios.  His practice includes preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the US and internationally; rendering opinions on validity and infringement; conducting IP due diligence; assessing freedom to operate; and counseling in litigation.  Dr. Lindeman’s practice focuses on the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, with a particular area of expertise in patenting crystalline forms of pharmaceuticals, e.g. polymorph and co-crystal patents.
An adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, Dr. Lindeman teaches courses on patent law, patent prosecution and international patent law.  He is the current chair of the IP Focus Group of the AAPS Regulatory Section, the immediate past chair of the Chemical Practice Committee for the American Intellectual Property Law Association and a former patent examiner.  He is the founding member of  J.A. Lindeman & Co. PLLC in McLean, VA.

Dr. Eric Munson received his B.A. from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After studying one year in Munich, Germany, on a Fulbright Fellowship, he continued his education at Texas A&M University, where he received his Ph. D. degree in 1993. He then spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, under the direction of Professor Alexander Pines.

In 1994 he started as an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Minnesota, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000. In 2001 he moved to the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department at the University of Kansas, where he was promoted to Professor in 2006. His research program is focused on the characterization of pharmaceutical solids using a variety of analytical techniques, with an emphasis on solid-state NMR spectroscopy. He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award and a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship

Dr. Ann Newman is currently a pharmaceutical consultant at Seventh Street Development Group with over 20 years of large pharma and contract research experience.  Dr. Newman received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Connecticut. For ten years, Dr. Newman performed characterization studies on a wide range of pharmaceutical systems at Bristol-Meyers Squibb, covering drug substance and drug product scale-up from late drug discovery to launch and manufacturing.  After that she was Vice President of Materials Science at SSCI, Inc. overseeing characterization of API and drug product samples, crystallization and polymorph screens, salt and cocrystal selections, quantitative assays, amorphous projects, and problem solving for the pharmaceutical industry.  As Vice President of Research and Development at Aptuit, she instituted a companywide R&D initiative over six global sites and covering areas such as API, preclinical (toxicology, safety, pharmacokinetics), formulation, solids, analytical, clinical packaging, and regulatory.  She holds an adjunct faculty position in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy at Purdue University and is a collaborator on 40 publications and over 75 technical presentations.

Dr. Eiji Nishibori received his B. Eng. degree (1995) and M. Eng. Degree (1997) from Nagoya University in Nagoya, Japan. He became Assistant Professor (1997), Lecturer (2003), and Associate Professor (2005) at Nagoya University. He received his Ph. D. degree from Nagoya University in 2002.

His main research fields are the structural materials science using synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction including developments of both experimental and analytical techniques. He has originally developed the systems for the synchrotron powder structural studies, such as structure determination, refinement and charge density studies.

Dr. Valeri Petkov received his B.S. in Physics from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria in 1981. He also received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Sofia. Then in 1992, he spent one year as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Japanese Research and Development Corporation & Tohoku University, Japan.

In 1998, he started as an Associate Professor at Sofia University, Bulgaria. The next year he moved to Central Michigan University, where he worked as a Research Assistant Professor. Then in 2002, he started working as an Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004. Dr. Petkov is currently a Professor of Physics at Central Michigan University. He is also currently a member of the American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society.

His current research interests include: determination of the atomic-scale structure of materials with limited length of structural coherence: from liquids, glasses and polymers to nanoparticles and disordered bulk crystals; atomic pair distribution function analysis using advanced synchrotron radiation techniques and in-house equipment; and 3-D structure simulations by reverse Monte Carlo modeling.

Please view Dr. Petkov’s website if you wish to view more information about his group and research at Central Michigan University, (p)reprints, a complete publication list and free software developed by Dr. Petkov.

Dr. Michael J. Pikal  

Dr. Pikal is currently Professor and Distinguished Chair in Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Connecticut. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry(1966) from Iowa State University and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory(1966-1967).  Prior to joining Lilly Research Laboratories in 1972, he was assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Tennessee  (1967-1972). His current research activities include the solid state chemistry of pharmaceuticals, particularly the stability of amorphous materials, characterization of solids by calorimetry, and the science and technology of freeze drying with a focus on optimization of formulation and process for labile proteins. Dr. Pikal is a member of the ACS and AAPS. He was the recipient of the Ebert Prize (1977) and the PDA's "best paper of the year" award (1989). He received the Eli Lilly & Co."Presidents Award" in 1996. Dr. Pikal was the Busse Lecturer (University of Wisconsin, 1983) and the Enz Lecturer (University of Kansas, 1998). Dr. Pikal is a Fellow of the AAPS, and received the AAPS Research Achievement Award in Pharmaceutical Technologies in 2001, and the Criofarma award in Freeze Drying in 2006. Dr. Pikal is the 2009 recipient of the AAPS Distinguished Scientist Award.

Dr. Robert Snyder is Professor and Chair of the School of Materials and Engineering at The Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the author of two textbooks, has edited nine technical books and has contributed chapters to nine books and encyclopedias. He holds eight patents and has published over 285 papers on materials and materials characterization which have been cited by other authors more than 2000 times. He has presented over 1,000 talks around the world with over forty plenary and keynote lectures and has graduated more than 50 graduate students. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Metals, The American Ceramic Society and Distinguished Fellow of The International Centre for Diffraction Data.

He is a Principal Editor for the Journal Materials Research and the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. He serves on the organizing committees of a number of international conferences and chairs the annual Denver X-ray Conference. He has been named the American Ceramic Society Outstanding Educator and has received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2002 TMS Award for Materials Leadership, the 2004 Hanawalt Award for X-ray analysis and received the 2008 TMS Educator Award.