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Expert in New Product/Process Scale-up and Commercialization over many technology platforms;Team building; Background as expert witness

Expert ID: 732014 New York, USA

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Expert holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. His expertise is in real-world, industrial product/process commercialization and optimization. He has devoted his career to taking initial, developmental quantities of new materials and organizing the necessary process steps to create commercial quantities of the material/products at target costs, and to also optimize existing processes.

Developed new products in a variety of arenas: specialty chemicals, carbon fiber advanced composites, biotech-based nutritionals, membrane formation for filtration media, ion exchange and carbon based purification, formulated products used in: floor finishes, commercial fryer cleaning, and boiler/cooling tower feed water treatments. Expert can leverage the lessons learned in one technology with the needs of a seemingly different process industry. Can transition from conceptualization to practical implementation, and get Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, and R/D to actually talk to each other.

As a senior R/D executive in both large and small companies, expert has been involved in the decision making processes that go into the creation of new product/process strategies. He has seen successes and failures, and has a unique perspective in the aspects of real-life organizational issues and their consequences.

Managed both QC and Environmental/Health/Safety organizations, and have a first-hand knowledge of the Regulatory and Quality hurdles/pitfalls new products/processes must sustain: EPA Waste Management, Hazardous emissions, RCRA, SARA Title III, Site Plans and Reporting requirements, along with ISO - 9001 and the new Global Harmonization hazard communication requirements.

Lastly, he has supported Merger and Acquisition activities, bringing new companies and technologies to my acquiring organizations, in additional to working with outside, overseas organizations to acquire their novel technologies.


I have functioned as an expert witness in two cases: in a legionella fatality lawsuit where I was an expert witness evaluating the efficacy of the water filtration and biocide protocols used by the plaintiff; I am currently involved in a second case where my client is being accused of violating an NDA and infringing on the covered technology.

I am being considered for a third case where a product was illegally shipped to a location and there is a lawsuit over the projected recall.

I have functioned as Senior Product Manager for an advanced composites business. I set up an Operations Team responsible for business gross margins and day to day tactical performance of the business. I also functioned as a Manufacturing Manager for a start-up biotechnology business, where set up tolling operations across the US to manufacture a synthetic vitamin.

President - Process (Undisclosed)
My background:
-Specialty/Commodity Chemicals, Ion Exchange, Advanced Composites, Biotechnology, Formulated Products, Membrane Filtration/Filters, Water Purification.
- Regulatory/EH & S
- Author:
“The Art of Scale-up” (Undisclosed)
With S. G. Kassas “Plasma Sparks New Cold Sterilization Technique,” Food Engineering
- Patents: numerous membrane patents (charged and hydrophilic), oxidative cleaning, and gas sintered carbon block.
- Travel to Europe and Russia to assess new filtration technologies developed at Russian laboratories
- R/D Strategy: team optimization/mentoring.
I advise chemical/materials process-related companies on technical, manufacturing, financial, and legal issues related to process/product scale-up and commercialization. This includes regulatory considerations, intellectual property issues, and grant applications.
Selenium Removal: Provided technical and financial guidance, lined up external manufacturing, and provide process economics for media to remove selenium at the 2-ppb level from waste water: $200K in revenues
TiO2 Nano-particle Manufacturing: Assisted Nanotech start-up to define process economics and find financing and external manufacturing for manufacture of TiO2 Nano-particles for photocatalytic application: $1MM in revenue potential.
Laparoscopic Surgery Gases / Filtration Media, Testing Methodologies: Provided expertise on filtration media and testing methodology for filter design to eliminate gases emanating from laparoscopic surgery sites: worth $250K to client company.
Biotech Start-up: advising on fermentation and separation parameters/equipment for novel anti-pollution bacteria.,
Powdered Activated Carbon Pharmaceutical Product: Evaluated process and economics of novel powdered activated carbon product for pharmaceutical company: new process worth $500K to Client Company.
Novel Green Energy Start-up: Supporting new technology for novel green and sustainable energy oriented company - developing customer base for evaluation of technology.
Foundation Grants: I developed a series of Foundation grant requests for the Parkview and Harbor Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, located in Wilmington/Lewes, Delaware to obtain new buses from the state of Delaware.
Developing technology and equipment for start-up detergent blending plant in upstate New York,

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Allentown, Pennsylvania - Reading, Pennsylvania - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - Lancaster, Pennsylvania - Trenton, New Jersey - Camden, New Jersey - Wilmington, Delaware - Baltimore, Maryland - Alexandria, Virginia

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1975 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Princeton University
Year: 1971 Degree: B.E. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: The Cooper Union

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2006 to 2014 Employer: ROCHESTER MIDLAND CORPORATION Title: Senior VP - R/D Department: R/D-EHS-QC Responsibilities: With a focus on developing environmentally safe products, from removal of soils from commercial fryers, treatment of water for boilers and cooling towers, and various hard surface treatments. He directed a ten-person group with accountability for product/process development, regulatory compliance with EPA and state authorities, plant safety issues, and QC/QA.
Years: 2000 to 2006 Employer: Graver Technologies, LLC Title: Vice President - Technology Department: Technology Responsibilities: He was brought in in 2000 to revitalize the R&D Department, which had stagnated over recent years. He directed a six-person technology/ engineering development group; evaluated new technologies; and oversaw M&A activities.
Years: 1995 to 2000 Employer: Pall-Gelman Membrane Technology Center Title: Senior Director - Membrane Development Department: Membrane Development Responsibilities: He was recruited by a new management team to develop the R&D function at membrane manufacturing site. He built and managed all aspects of 29-person R&D organization, including planning and administering $3M budget.
Years: 2014 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Consulting Responsibilities: Independent chemical and process engineering consultant. Advises process related companies on technical issues related to process, product scale-up and commercialization.
Years: 2015 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director of Tech Services Department: Low Energy Electrical Plasmas Responsibilities: APS is a start-up company, specializing in developing applications for low energy electrical plasmas.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Institute of Chemical Engineers -- since 1971

American Radio Relay League (amateur radio) since 1964
Licenses / Certifications
Amateur Radio License
Professional Appointments
Visiting Research Scholar -- Rochester Institute of Technology - Dept of(Undisclosed)
Publications and Patents Summary
Patents: • Patent Pending: Non-Caustic Cleaning Formulation for Heavy Food Soils
• Charged membrane
• Method for oxidative cleaning of food processing equipment
• Gas sintered carbon block & method
• Charged membrane
• Hydrophilic membrane
• Hydrophilic membrane

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
I have functioned as an expert witness in two cases: in a legionella fatality lawsuit where I was an expert witness evaluating the efficacy of the water filtration and biocide protocols used by the plaintiff; I am currently involved in a second case where my client is being accused of violating an NDA and infringing on the covered technology.

I am being considered for a third case where a product was illegally shipped to a location and there is a lawsuit over the projected recall.
Training / Seminars
Fundamentals of FDA Good Manufacturing Practices, The GMP Institute
Project Management Workshop, Fred Pryor Careertrack
Fundamentals of Filtration Technology, Center for Professional Advancement
Training and background in Statistical Process Control
Fundamentals of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Center for Professional Advancement
Marketing Experience
Senior Product Manager -- Amoco Performance Products, Inc - responsible for gross margin profitability for an advanced composites business.
Other Relevant Experience
Project Management MBA - Crash Course, The Management Solutions Group
Fundamentals of FDA Good Manufacturing Practices, The GMP Institute
Fundamentals of Filtration Technology, Center for Professional Advancement
Fundamentals of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Center for Professional Advancement Training and background in Statistical Process Control

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Can read and write - medium
Hebrew Can read and write - medium

Fields of Expertise

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