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Expert in Recombinant Protein Expression/Production, Molecular Biology

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
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Through an 18 year career at California Biotechnology, Scios Inc., and Johnson & Johnson, Expert has gained extensive experience in the molecular biology of recombinant protein production especially in microbial systems such as E. coli (inclusion body and soluble), Pichia pastoris, and S. cerevisiae. During his leadership of the protein expression group at Scios (a JNJ Company) he was responsible for IND-enabling development of expression systems for clinical testing of biologics, as well as production of proteins for use as small molecule drug screening targets. In the latter role, Expert pursued many eukaryotic and mammalian expression systems as well including insect cells using the baculovirus expression system and CHO (mammalian) cell systems based on stable expression from CMV or GS promoters, or using Epstein Barr virus vectors for rapid semi-stable transient protein expression. He has also led cross-functional drug development projects from pre-clinical research though IND-filing and has an active consulting practice in this area.

Expert's broader drug development interests have been in the area of wound healing and angiogenesis through his work on VEGF or vascular endothelial growth factor (1 paper, 2 patents/applications), cardiac peptide hormones such as the natriuretic peptides (1 patent application, 2 papers), and growth factors such as Heparin-binding EGF-like Growth Factor or HB-EGF (1 paper).

Expert holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN and a B.S. in Chemistry with honors from the University of Georgia. He was a postdoctoral fellow at SUNY, Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University) and a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Piscataway.


applied molecular biology




biologic (product)


biological transcription


DNA manipulation


DNA synthesis


peptide synthesis


protein post-translational modification


protein synthesis






molecular biology translation




recombinant protein expression

Show Only Primary Areas of Expert Consulting

Secondary Expertise
active transport, amino acid, angstrom, animal molecular biology, animal research, antibody production, antigen, antigen synthesis, antigen-antibody interaction, applied biochemistry, bacillus, bacterial inhibition, bioanalytical chemistry, bioavailability, biocatalysis, biological buffer, biological cell development, biological cell differentiation, biological drug level, biological oxidation, biological process, biological safety, biology, blood coagulation, cell (biology), cell biology, cell death, cell membrane transport, cell transformation, cellular regulation, cloning technique, cytokine, developmental biology, DNA fingerprinting, DNA structure, eukaryote, eukaryotic molecular biology, fermentation, fungus, gene amplification, gene expression, gene expression regulation, genetic engineering, genetic manipulation, genetic sequencing, genetics, guanosine triphosphate, heredity, lysogeny, microbiology, mitosis, molecular biochemistry, molecular biology, molecular cardiology, molecular genetics, molecular medicine, molecular oncology, mutagenesis, Northern blotting, nucleotide, plant molecular biology, polymerase chain reaction, protein biology, protein engineering, protein sequencing, respiration, ribosome, RNA, skeletal biology, Southern blotting, transfer ribonucleic acid, vascular biology, vasodilation, wound healing

Basic Expertise
anaerobic microbiological process, anatomy, animal micronutrient, animal science, bacillus molecular biology, bioaccumulation, biocompatible, biodegradation, bioenergetics, bioenergy cycle, biological breathing, biological corrosion, biological regeneration, biological reproduction, biological response, biological suture, biological virus production, biological waste, biophysics, biotransformation, blood flow, blood-brain transport, bone formation, botany, cancer biology, chemoreception, controlled pore glass, cryobiology, defibrillation, dysplasia, electron affinity, erythrocyte depletion, erythrocyte destruction, extracellular matrix biology, fertilization, genotyping, hemostasis, hormone release, human biology, immunization, immunobiology, immunosuppression, industrial biochemical process, infection , inositol transport, interferon production, metabolism, metastasis, mold (fungus), molecular biophysics, molecular cytogenetics, molecular endocrinology, molecular immunogenetics, mucus secretion process, neurobiology, oncogenesis, photoreduction, physiological process, physiology, radiobiology, reproductive biology, skin pigment production, tumor biology, vertebrate zoology, zoology
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   Honors
1989   PhD   Biochemistry & Molecular Biology   Purdue University  
1978   BS   Chemistry   University of Georgia   Cum Laude

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2007 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)





Consultant supporting early drug development projects by providing project management, team building and strategic planning. Specialized in projects transitioning into the clinic and early clinical development through Phase 2. Advisor to CMC teams on development of host-vector systems to support manufacturing of recombinant biologics.

2003 to 2007


Scios Inc., Division of Johnson & Johnson


Research & Development


Director, Protein Chemistry and Drug Development Team Leader


Acted in dual role as Director of Protein Chemistry and Compound Development Team Leader for VEGF121. As VEGF121 Team Leader, had overall responsibility for compound development through IND filing. As Director of Protein Chemistry, extended reach of department to include all biophysical studies of drug-target interaction including traditional enzymological characterization, crystallographic analysis of inhibitor-target co-crystals, isothermal calorimetry, and surface plasmon resonance studies of small molecule binding affinity.

1994 to 2003


Scios Inc.




Staff Scientist, Protein Expression Group


Assisted with CMC section of Natrecor? NDA submission, authoring host cell and vector molecular biology sections. Served as Project Leader for preclinical drug development projects targeting modulation of protein kinases. As part of a team, evaluated new drug targets based on scientific rationale, clinical and regulatory feasibility, market size and portfolio considerations. Assumed responsibility for protein chemistry as well as expression molecular biology within the Cardiorenal program. Staff includes a Ph.D. and two research associates in the expression group and a Ph.D. and three research associates in the protein chemistry group.

1989 to 1990


California Biotechnology






Founded a lab that was dedicated to the development of protein expression hosts and vectors to support manufacturing of clinical products. Staff included Expert and two research associates. Developed a set of standardized expression vectors for E. coli in which the various functions were contained on modules (ie., promoter, replication origin, antibiotic resistance) so that molecular biology could respond rapidly to events during fermentation testing. Worked closely with fermentation department to ensure host strain would be amenable to high-density fermentation and scale-up.

1987 to 1989


Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey


Department of Biochemistry


Research Assistant Professor


Research involved structure-function of the bacterial signal peptide. Demonstrated specificity between signal peptide structure and associated mature region. Identified and cloned the major cold shock protein in E. coli.

1983 to 1987


State University of New York at Stony Brook


Department of Biochemistry


Postdoctoral Fellow


Studies on bacterial signal peptide structure-function using in vitro mutagenesis.

Career Accomplishments:

He received a National Research Service Award as well as a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the NIH.

Publications and Patents Summary

He is named as an inventor on 7 US patents and applications in the area of protein expression, protein modification, and methods for protein production. He is an author of 15 publications in the fields of cardiac hormones, growth factors and protein secretion.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Hypertension  
 - Journal of the Americal College of Cardiology  
 - Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics  
 - Journal of Biological Chemistry  
 - Proceeding of the National Academy of Science  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Working as a consultant, Expert took an important management position with a promising biotech company, leading its Process Sciences team to develop manufacturing processes for an oral biologic (see http://www.trinitybiosystems.com/about/management.html).
  • A small and growing developer of small molecule anticoagulant drugs turned to Expert to help them take advantage of a discovery that offered an opportunity to develop a biologic. Expert helped the company, which did not have internal molecular biology or protein expression expertise, to explore recombinant protein expression options and develop an E. coli expression system.
  • A start up biotech had in-licensed its first product, a biologic expressed in E. coli, from a well known university. The expression system had several deficiencies and the company lacked the needed molecular biology or protein expression expertise to correct them. Expert designed and had a third-party vendor synthesize an expression system which was better suited to industrial manufacturing than the system obtained from the academic laboratory. In addition, Expert assisted with interpretation of genetic characterization of the host organism required by FDA.
  • A small biotech had just gone public and received an infusion of a large amount of capital. Eager to make rapid progress, the company started numerous drug development projects but couldn't recruit the needed drug development leadership quickly enough to keep each of its project teams on track. One of the teams in particular, was struggling with a difficult preclinical development path. Expert was brought in to take over the leadership of the preclinical team and coordinate preclinical model development and toxicology studies.
  • A small biotech company developing several antibody therapeutics was challenged with the need to manage numerous early drug development project teams. Expert was brought in to help each of the teams coordinate efforts of various functional groups involved and institute appropriate project management practices.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in Gene expression analysis.
  • Expert in Search for an /Organisation in Mammalian Cell Expression of Human Proteins.
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 for consulting on genomic integration of plasmids.
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.

Market Research:
• Scientific assessment of drug development opportunity, including evaluation of drug target, disease indication, pharmacology and toxicology data • Scientific due diligence and evaluation of potential in-licensing or investment opportunities

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:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Collaborates with preselected vendors of molecular biology services to supply clients an expression-ready vector or, if needed, an intact host strain for evaluation of protein expression.

Other Skills and Services

• Assistance with preparation of host-vector section of IND filing for FDA • Work with patent counsel to identify and capture valuable intellectual property arising during the development process. • Project management of early drug development projects


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