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Oct 2007Jul 2009

Director & Scientist, Chemistry, Biology, and Materials

Saratech, Inc

Responsible for overall partnership with manufacturer of multi-scale materials modeling/computational chemistry software (Materials Studio) as well as leading all technical aspects related to this product line, including pre-sales and post-sales technical support, training, and consulting services. • Built competence and credibility of technical team through trainings, presentations at conferences, webinars, consulting services, and develop of unique combinations of product lines. • Active member of the Predictive Modeling of Nanomaterials Consortium –a partnership between industry and academia for funding new methods for multi-scale computer modeling and testing nano-materials. • Reviewer for Nano Science and Technology Institute Conferences.

Aug 2004Aug 2007

Sr. Research Scientist & Project Manager

Philips Oral Healthcare

Responsible for research supporting oral health care products by initiating, directing, and executing oral health research related to new in vitro research methods (including optical/spectroscopic techniques) and clinical models for product testing and claims support. • Identified and managed multiple external research partnerships to meet the needs of overall clinical and scientific strategy and to support current and future products. • Drove early-stage clinical and usability development for Sonicare's new product platform, Sonicare Flexcare, launched in 2007 as well as the Hydroclean brush head and wear indicator bristles. • Invited by research institutions to present corporate insights on dental research and its future. • Member of a cross-functional team that included our clinic, marketing, market research, R&D, and outside agency tasked to create consumer validated product concepts to feed the product pipeline through 2015. We created these product concepts from insights from consumers, dental professionals, and key opinion leaders. New product development efforts based on these concepts are underway.

Mar 2003Aug 2004

Sr. Research Scientist

Colgate-Palmolive Co.

Responsible for identifying and developing new formulations for oral care with a significant emphasis on therapeutics as well as working with raw materials suppliers and development partners. • Collaborated with suppliers and development partners to develop technologies as well as establish early-stage product parameters (safety, regulatory, and materials cost). • Identified and defined US and EU product requirements and claims in conjunction with safety, regulatory, legal, and clinical departments. • Submitted five patent applications from among 13 inventions on tooth whitening and therapeutic formulations.

Jan 2001Mar 2003

Research Scientist

Colgate-Palmolive Co.

Created new formulation and laboratory method to evaluate novel benefit to a $450 million/yr product and potentially provide future exclusivity for the brand. Formula has been successful in clinical trials.



University of Michigan
Aug 1994May 1999


Iowa State University

Ph.D. Dissertation: Application of Spectral Hole Burning to the Study of In Vitro Cellular Systems Advisor: Gerald J. Small Proctor & Gamble Research Fellowship 1998 GAANN Fellowship 1996 Noble Hines Graduate Fellowship 1994