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 Expert  722437

Expert in Virology, Drug Discovery, Diagnostics, Bioterrorism, and Vaccines

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has spent over 20 years in the pharmaceutical and diagnostics industries. During that time he has been involved primarily in viral vaccine and antiviral drug discovery, although he has also run general molecular biology groups primarily involved in cloning, sequencing, and protein expression (prokaryote and eukaryote). His drug discovery activities initially encompassed running early research projects, assay development, compound screening, hits to lead processes and compound validation. Subsequently he was responsible for an entire therapeutic area (viral hepatitis) from discovery through to marketing support. He has therefore gleaned considerable experience in project management, clinical pharmacology, clinical research, patents, drug registration, in-licensing, marketing, and business development. In the diagnostics area he was responsible for both viral and oncology programs taking concepts from research through to new product registration.

Expert's working life within the pharmaceutical industry has been almost entirely spent in the clinical virology area. He has managed projects taking new drugs from research through to the market and similarly for new diagnostic devices. His diagnostic experience in particular has encompassed working closely with clinical virology laboratories to evaluate commercial opportunities, competitor activity, and business development. He is very experienced in all aspects of diagnostic clinical virology in terms of current state of the art and is also well versed in the new technologies that are currently emerging.

Following his career in the pharmaceutical industry Expert moved into molecular diagnostics primarily as Research Director at Virco UK. Subsequently he became Vice President for Research at Visible Genetics Inc. and subsequently as European Director at Bayer Diagnostics. During his time at Virco and VGI he was part of the senior management team that ran the company including the first FDA-approved HIV resistance product. He was also involved earlier in his career at Wellcome Biotechnology in the initial stages of diagnostic assay development for new hepatitis C virus products. This seeded his interest in HCV and he is now recognized as a leading authority on HCV molecular and clinical virology. His diagnostic experience includes research and development of molecular products in viral and oncology areas.

Apart from his experience with virologic targets of relevance to the pharmaceutical industry, Expert is widely experienced in general virology. In particular, he is a consultant to private and governmental bodies concerned with the use of viral pathogens as bioweapons.

Although Expert has been involved in the full spectrum of antiviral drug development from research to clinic the majority of his time has been spent directly managing preclinical research projects. His specialist areas are molecular virology, eukaryotic and prokaryotic expression, and recombinant vaccines.


biomedical research and development




drug development


pharmaceutical industry


pharmaceutical research


clinical virology




in vitro diagnostics




preclinical research

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1981   Ph.D.   Molecular Biology of Genetic Disease   University of London  
1978   B.Sc. (Hons.)   Medical Biochemistry   University of Kent at Canterbury  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2003 to





Executive Director and CSO


Expert is the Founder and Executive Director. He is currently responsible for finance generation, business development, and R&D.

2002 to 2003


Bayer Diagnostics


Nucleic Acid Division


European Director for Scientific Affairs


He was responsible for all divisional scientific affairs in Europe. Expert was the spokesman for the division, interacted with key opinion leaders, prepared for and participated in symposia, set up trials to establish clinical utility of products, and provided scientific support for marketing and commercial departments.

2001 to 2002


Visible Genetics Inc.




Vice President, Research


Expert was responsible for research and early development of diagnostics assays in HIV, hepatitis, and oncology.

2000 to 2001


Virco UK Ltd




International Director for Viral Hepatitis


He was responsible for establishing a new therapeutic area of viral hepatitis. He worked with the assembly of the new unit, establishment of research and development programs, support for clinical research, marketing, IP, and commercial aspects.

1990 to 2000






Disease Programme Leader for Hepatitis C Virus Therapeutics


Expert was responsible for all aspects of the HCV therapeutic area: co-ordination of activities from basic research through all stages of drug discovery and development to marketing support. His work included the development of small molecule therapeutics, screening campaigns, immunotherapeutics, anti-fibrotics, and vaccines.

1986 to 1990


Wellcome Biotechnology


Molecular Virology


Section Head


He was responsible for all molecular virology relating to vaccine development and small molecule therapeutics. His work covered picornaviruses, poxviruses, hepadnaviruses, influenza viruses, and retroviruses.

1981 to 1986


Wellcome Foundation


FMD Division


Molecular Virologist


Expert provided molecular support for foot and mouth disease therapeutic and vaccine programs.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the SGM (UK) and the AASLD.

Professional Appointments

He has held senior level appointments in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 10 years. He has written multiple articles and reviews in the virology area and has also written numerous freelance articles on oncology and infectious diseases.


Expert has been invited to give presentations at numerous international and national scientific and medical congresses.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has over 70 research publications and numerous patents. He has also written expert opinions on patent situations in the antiviral area.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Journal of Clinical Microbiology  
 - Bailleres Best Practice Research Clinical Gastroenterol  
 - Expert Opinions in Therapeutic Patents  
 - Journal of General Virology  
 - Nature  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1981 to 1983   UK Ministry of Agriculture   Molecular Biologist in FMD Programme   Expert performed cloning, sequencing, and expression work relating to basic molecular virology and vaccine development.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert was a consultant for an antiviral biotechnology company from 2000 to 2002. He was responsible for program review, strategic planning, in-licensing and out-licensing, clinical trial establishment, and merger/acquisition discussions.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Patent preparation,project developing anti hiv therapy.
  • Expert virologist with knowledge of validation assay and parameters
  • Diagnostic testing expert for consulting on development of a medical diagnostic test.
  • Cold and flu expert for consulting on course instruction and training.
  • Expert in veterinary products for consulting on vaccines and diagnostics for animal production.
  • Expert in Packaging RNA for consulting on refining product strategy.
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:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in Research into Vaccines.
  • Expert finder virol for consulting on HIV Cross infection.
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.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1985 to 2003   United States of America   Expert worked for multinational corporations throughout his career. He has drug development and vaccine development experience as well as senior management experience in both the U.S. and Europe. He has also had global responsibility for specific therapeutic areas involving interaction with colleagues and customers in Asia, Europe, and the U.S.

Market Research:
As the senior member of a multinational company Expert was a member of executive companies responsible for marketing and commercialization of numerous antiviral drugs and viral diagnostic assays.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Other Skills and Services

He has been involved in five merger/acquisition situations. He is familiar with complex corporate negotiations, due diligence and management of change situations. Expert also has had great experience in medical writing particularly to assist manuscript preparation for corporate customers whose first language is not English. In addition, he has attended numerous technical, commercial and marketing seminars relating to the pharmaceutical and medical diagnostic area.


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