Intellex Acquires Expert by Big Village

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Expert Details

Process Development, Commercialization, Scale-Up; Separation and Purification - Filtration, Activated Carbon

ID: 732014 Delaware, USA

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During his career, Expert functioned as a senior-level executive (Senior VP positions) with over 40 years of experience in the Chemical Process and Materials industries. His track record is characterized by: merger and acquisition experience, development of new product lines for his companies, creation of new business ventures, creation/motivation of new business teams, international investigations of novel technologies, and EPA/OSHA Regulatory issues (SDS, Global Harmonization, Registrations).

Selected Accomplishments:
- As an Operations Manager for Amoco Performance Products’ Carbon Fiber Pre-preg Business Segment, Expert championed the formation and subsequent creation of a new multifunction Business Team to manage all aspects of this new business venture.

- As Manufacturing Manager for Amoco BioProducts Corporation, Expert set up a network of toll manufacturers to allow the manufacture of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 for the poultry market, sparing Amoco the need to make capital investments in a new business.

- As a senior executive at Gelman Sciences (later acquired by Pall Corporation), Expert took a small 9-person R/D group, and expanded/reorganized it into a 29-person, high productivity organization which developed new membranes lines for diagnostic testing and protein differentiation.

- As an executive with Graver Technologies, Expert spearheaded the acquisition of three companies: a small industrial filter group ($300K incremental revenues), the water filtration business Whatman Corporation ($3MM incremental revenues), and a start-up business developing a new media for arsenic removal from water (potentially $1MM in incremental revenue).

In 2014, Expert formed Process Industries Consultants, Inc., an “S” Corporation providing expertise in the chemical process and materials industries. Expert has been retained by clients to provide input for filtration issues, activated carbon technology, carbon block costing, reaction engineering, formulated products, and separations/purification. He has also developed successful foundation grant requests for Delaware non-profits.

Expert was on the Board of a nanotech start-up: 42TEK, based in Spain, which has novel technology for the manufacture of nanoparticle TiO2 for photocatalysis applications. In this capacity, Expert presented to venture capital organizations to raise funding for expansion.

Expert is working closely with, and supporting technology development for such start-ups as Crystal Clear Technologies (the removal of ppb levels of selenium from water); Sunthetics (electrically-based chemical reactions); QuatCare (novel antimicrobial treatment for wastewater and cooling towers), Allied Microbiota (novel bacteria for brownfield remediation).

In addition, Expert mentors “sustainable” start-up companies as an Entrepreneur in Residence with NYSERDA – New York State Energy R/D Authority, and with the CleanTech Open organization, which sponsors the development of Green technologies throughout the world.

Expert held a Research Fellow position at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Chemistry Department.

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 seemingly different process industries. 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 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 addition to working with outside, overseas organizations to acquire their novel technologies.

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

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

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

-Specialty/Commodity Chemicals, Ion Exchange, Advanced Composites, Biotechnology, Formulated Products, Membrane Filtration/Filters, Water Purification.
- Regulatory/EH & S
- Author
- 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.
- He advises 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 wastewater: $200K in revenues
- TiO2 Nano-particle Manufacturing: Assisted Nanotech start-up to define process economics and find financing and external manufacturing for the 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 a 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 a customer base for evaluation of technology.
- Foundation Grants: 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


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1976 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Chemical Engineering- Fluid Mechanics and Rheology Institution: Princeton University
Year: 1971 Degree: B.E. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: The Cooper Union

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2014 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Consulting
President of a chemical engineering consultancy located in Newark, Delaware, working with start-ups and established chemical, materials, and biotech companies.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2016 to 2018 Employer: Advanced Plasma Solutions, Inc. Title: Director - Technical Services Department: R/D
APS was a start-up in Malvern, PA, developing programs to use low energy electrical plasma in the chemical process industries-- job was to interact with clients and APS staff to develop research programs as outlined by the clients.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2014 to 2016 Employer: Rochester Institute of Technology Title: Visiting Research Scholar Department: School of Chemistry
Responsible for developing and writing research grant requests for the School of Chemistry. Also responsible for supporting research programs developed by the Professors within the School.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2006 to 2014 Employer: Rochester Midland Corporation Title: Senior VP - R/D Department: R/D-EHS-QC
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 Employer Title Department
Years: 2000 to 2006 Employer: Graver Technologies, LLC Title: Vice President - Technology Department: Technology
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 Employer Title Department
Years: 1995 to 2000 Employer: Pall-Gelman Membrane Technology Center Title: Senior Director - Membrane Development Department: Membrane Development
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.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2005 to 2005 Country / Region: Russia Summary: Traveled to Flerov Lab, outside Moscow, to investigate novel technologies to make unique filter membranes.
Years: 1994 to 1994 Country / Region: UK, Ireland Summary: Traveled to UK and Ireland to investigate fermentation technologies.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Radio Relay League (Amateur Radio) since 1964
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) - since 1971
American Chemical Society (ACS) since 2020
Delaware BioSciences Association since 2016
Licenses / Certifications
Amateur Radio Operator - WB2PPY
Courses in GMP and Nanotechnology
Professional Appointments
Visiting Research Scholar -- Rochester Institute of Technology - School of Chemistry
Industrial Mentor -- NSF iCorps Innovation program
Industrial Mentor - CleanTech Open incubator program
Awards / Recognition
50 Year Member Award - American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Who's Who in Engineering
Publications and Patents Summary
- 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
Acted as Expert Witness in case of improper water biocide use in an ornamental pool led to an outbreak of legionella in an office building lobby. Case settled out of court.
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 Beginner
Hebrew Beginner

Fields of Expertise

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