Invited Speakers

Dr. Ann Newman

Dr. Valeri Petkov



Radisson BLU Hotel session room


Bios of Invited Speakers

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. 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.