Expert in Plant Cell Cultures, Somatic Embryogenesis of Angiosperms and Gymnosperms, Lab Scale-up, and Automation
Expert ID: 724404 Canada
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.
|Year: 1978||Degree: PhD||Subject: Plant Cell Biology and Cell Genetics||Institution: Institute of General Genetics, Moscow|
|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.|
|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|
|Associations / Societies|
|Society for in Vitro Biology
International Association for Plant Tissue Culture
Crop Science Society of America
|Awards / Recognition|
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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Russian||He did his Ph.D in Russia.|
Fields of Expertise
plant tissue culture, research and development management, new product development, rapid product development, somatic cell, agricultural research, plant cell biology, product development cycle time, synthetic seed technology, research and development productivity, plant biotechnology, cytology, cell physiology