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 Expert  717977

Expert in Lab Automation, LIMS, Validation & Data Analysis

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has developed validation plans and executed validation protocols on laboratory computer systems, laboratory information management systems, instruments and instrument data systems. He has consulted for several major pharmaceutical companies and teaches a course on chromatography data system validation at the Pittsburgh Conference and for the American Chemical Society. A known expert in computer system validation, Expert teaches courses for the American Chemical Society and the Pittsburgh Conference on this topic.

automation control


automation technology

Expert is an expert at laboratory information management using data base management software. He has developed several systems which are currently in use. He teaches courses on lab information management. He has developed systems which use bar code data entry, interactive worksheets for data reduction, instrument interfacing, data acquisition and summary, real-time monitoring, and automatic reporting. He has developed systems ranging in size from a single user up to over 50 users on networks.

laboratory information management


laboratory information management system

Expert has created validation plans and protocols for major pharmaceutical companies analytical and process instrument computer systems. He has ensured that various computerized systems perform what they have been developed to do.

computer-system validation


computer validation

Expert has spent most of his professional career developing and using lab instruments. He has developed commercial products for major instrument manufacturers including, Perkin-Elmer, Finnigan, and Spectra-Physics. He has also developed data handling systems for individual users and interfaced instruments to computers and computer networks.

laboratory computerized analytical instrumentation


computerized analytical instrumentation

Having hands-on experience collecting data from multiple instruments in real-time via RS-232, Expert has implemented systems collecting 32 channels of data into a personal computer.

computerized data acquisition




data acquisition

Expert has spent most of his professional career developing and using chromatography data systems. He is an expert in chromatography data acquisition, analysis, and reporting. He has developed data analysis systems which are now used by several systems for moving the data from instruments to laboratory management systems. He teaches courses in data analysis and reporting. Expert has developed the algorithms for analyzing chromatography data and produced the first system for the IBM PC. He has hands on experience in summarizing and reporting chromatography data and placing the data into lab management systems.


Expert has developed several laboratory information management systems using Microsoft (MS) Access for both large and small laboratories. These systems are multi-user network systems. They include instrument interfacing, real-time monitoring and interactive laboratory worksheets for data reduction. He has expertise in the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) language.

Access software

Expert has created several data acquisition systems and other laboratory automation applications using Visual Basic. Data is placed in databases so it can be accessed with any SQL (Structured Query Language). Data management systems in which he is familiar include MS Access, Oracle, and SQL Server. He has also implemented applications using active controls and web-based applications.

Visual Basic programming

Applying his knowledge of Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel, Expert has built laboratory data management systems. These systems acquired data automatically from lab instruments and generates graphs and summary reports of the acquired data. He teaches a course for the American Chemical Society and at the Pittsburgh Conference on this topic.

Microsoft Office software

Expert has developed several hundred spreadsheet applications using MS Excel and Quattro Pro. He teaches a regular course on spreadsheets for the American Chemical Society. He is an expert with macros and their development including automation with Visual Basic.

Microsoft Excel

Expert has interfaced laboratory instruments to personal computers and lab networks for the last 15 years. He has complete knowledge of communication ports, interface cards, data acquisition, data storage, data summarizing, and data reporting. He has an extensive knowledge of computer networks.

computer interface


communications port


computer port

Expert is an expert at information management using database management software. He has developed several laboratory information management systems and information management systems for other businesses. His primary expertise is in using MS Access on PC networks. He also has knowledge of Oracle and SQL Server.

information management

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California;  San Francisco, California;  Sacramento, California;  Oakland, California;  Stockton, California;  Fremont, California;  Modesto, California;  Salinas, California;  Santa Rosa, California;  and Hayward, California.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1978   PhD   Computer Applications in Chemistry   University of California, Santa Cruz  
1975   MS   Organic/Biochemistry   University of Minnesota  
1971   BS   Chemistry   UCLA  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title  

1986 to



Consultant, Laboratory Automation Expert


1986 to






1981 to 1986


Nelson Analytical


Software Development


1980 to 1981




Software Developer


Publications and Patents Summary

Expert writes a regular column, the Data File, in LC-GC Magazine and is a consulting editor for the magazine. He writes a regular column, Online USA, for Scientific Data Management.

Consulting Services:
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

For the last 15 years, Expert has been giving short courses and training for the American Chemical Society and at the Pittsburgh Conference (PittCon). His most current course topics are "Validation of Chromatography Data Systems" and "Laboratory Data Management on a Personal Computer." The validation course can easily be extended to the validation of any computer system in a regulated environment. Additionally, Expert has taught courses on chromatography data handling and instrument interfacing.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of: chromatography data handling systems (integrators), laboratory information management systems (LIMS)and computer equipment (PC and other).

He has access to data bases with listings for chromatography data handling system vendors and LIMS vendors.


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