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Expert in Plant Cell Cultures, Somatic Embryogenesis of Angiosperms and Gymnosperms, Lab Scale-up, and Automation

Expert ID: 724404 Canada

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Expert has over 30 years of experience in plant tissue culture. He has developed a number of tissue culture systems based on direct or indirect somatic embryogenesis and organogenesis. These systems were designed to be easy to use, to be scalable (using liquid multiplication stages) and to be highly reproducible. Thus, the systems have been used by institutions and private companies for producing high quality agricultural plants such as alfalfa, corn, sunflower, sugar bet; forage graces – switchgrass, orchardgrass; conifer trees such as different pine and spruce species.

With over 20 years of successful R&D management experience Expert can provide advices, formulate strategies for setting up a state of the art research. His expertise in developing and optimizing manufacturing process to improve quality and reduce cost can benefit every client that is interested in developing and scale up base-line processes to commercial levels.

Developing systems for fast clonal propagation of legumes, grasses and conifer trees are unique tools for new product development that Expert can offer to clients interested in plant biotechnology and its commercial aspect. These include protocols for high quality embryogenic tissue including induction, solid maintenance, liquid multiplication, maturation and germination; screening and protocol development of new elite germplasm; protocol optimization and development of commercial cryo banks.

Working for a very competitive industry, Expert has gained a lot of experience of how to develop a new product rapidly. Using his broad experience in plant biotechnology and tissue culture and his ability to read the market demand, Expert has a proven record of developing high quality research technologies, protocol improvements, process step optimization in short time windows. He can provide extensive advice in performing quick pilot tests complemented by his broad experience in quality control.

Expert has held consulting positions concerning the establishment of new laboratory units, selecting and training personnel at the University of Agriculture, the Institute of Forage Legumes, the Institute of Cotton, Institute of Horticulture, and the Institute of Seed Production, Bulgaria.He has held consulting positions developing new methods for fast clonal propagation in Kazakh Academy of Sciences Institute of Botany. Expert has been an Invited Scientist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to develop a system for embryogenesis in Switchgrass.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: PhD Subject: Plant Cell Biology and Cell Genetics Institution: Institute of General Genetics, Moscow

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2007 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Senior Manager Research Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for developing a commercial process for conifer trees production via somatic embryogenesis. Major role in optimizing manufacturing process to improve quality and reduce cost. Directly manage Research group, and technical resources to support process and product development. Direct responsibility for developing and scale up base-line processes to commercial levels.
Years: 2005 to 2007 Employer: Cellfor Inc Title: R&D GROUP LEADER Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for managing research projects to accomplish significant improvements in understanding and manipulating the biological processes associated with somatic embryogenesis and regenerating somatic seedlings. Coordinating resources between various groups and projects in R&D to ensure labor and resources are utilized efficiently. Facilitating communications and projects between the R&D and Manufacturing. Accessing external R&D to align in house strategies. Contributing to scientific direction and process integration of Cellfor.
Years: 1996 to 2005 Employer: Pacific Biotechnology, Inc Title: SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST Department: Responsibilities: Responsible to setting up Pacific Biotechnology, Inc laboratory facility. Designing and leading research programs for development of procedures for mass clonal propagation of conifer species via somatic embryogenesis.
Years: 1992 to 1996 Employer: The University of Tennessee Title: RESEARCH ASSOCIATE Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for developing procedures for somatic embryogenesis in sweet corn. Directly responsible for developing protocols for genetic transformation of corn, orchard grass and switch grass in vitro cultures by high-energy micro-projectiles.
Years: 1985 to 1992 Employer: Institute of Genetic Engineering Title: PROJECT MANAGER Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for establishing laboratory facility, hiring research and technical staff. Directly managed research group of over 20 people to support process development. Accountable for developing systems for somatic embryogenesis in dicot plants.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1992 to 1992 Country / Region: Plovdiv, Bulgaria Summary: Invited Lecturer, TEMPUS Workshop
Years: 1992 to 1992 Country / Region: Antwerp, Belgium Summary: Invited Scientist, The University of Antwerp
Years: 1991 to 1991 Country / Region: Szeged, Hungary Summary: Invited Scientist, Biological Research Center
Years: 1989 to 1989 Country / Region: Ottawa, Canada Summary: Invited Speaker, Agricultural Canada
Years: 1988 to 1988 Country / Region: Kostinbrod, Bulgaria Summary: Invited Lecturer ICRO Course on Plant Biotechnology

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Society for in Vitro Biology
International Association for Plant Tissue Culture
Crop Science Society of America
Awards / Recognition
GRANTS:
Bulgarian National Scientific Foundation - In vitro selection for salt and drought tolerance in alfalfa. $25,000.
Agricultural Academy, Bulgaria - Bioreactor production of somatic embryos. $30,000.
European Community Group for Biotechnology, TEMPUS Program. $50,000. New approaches to crop improvement.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has several patents.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has conducted a number of patent reviews, process reviews, etc.
Training / Seminars
He has established new laboratory facilities for tissue cultures; screened and hired employees; and trained and develop leaders.
Vendor Selection
This has been part of my job to locate, secure and work with a number of companies in Europe, US, Canada and China particularly for chemical / laboratory equipment, finding cheaper but high quality chemicals etc.
Marketing Experience
He has a lot of experience designing, planning and running small and large scale production processes related to somatic embryogenesis. Setting up priorities, working with customers, developing, scale up and introducing new technologies in biotech industry.
Other Relevant Experience
He knows how to make a laboratory or a business successful.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Bulgarian Native
Russian He did his Ph.D in Russia.

Fields of Expertise

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