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 Expert  727422

Expert in Carrageenans, Alginates, Pectins, MCC, Konjac, Gums and other Hydrocolloids.

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Maine (ME)
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Fifty three years experience with hydrocolloid technology, with accompanying skills in basic research, applied research, agronomy, product development, process development, applications development, manufacturing, procurement, functional and business management, international business, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic planning, regulatory affairs and toxicology, intellectual property, and major project coordination dealing with multi-disciplines and organisational levels. Direct hands-on technical, manufacturing, and business experience with carrageenan, agar, furcellaran, alginate, pectin, konjac, locust bean gum, and microcrystalline cellulose.






microcrystalline cellulose



Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Portland, Maine.

Often requested
with this expert:

Carbohydrate Chemistry: Starches and Gums
Hydrocolloids, Food Product R&D
Carbohydrates, Biopolymers, Glycobiology, Biotechnology,...
Technical Commercial Development support, Technology...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1970   C. Chem. F.R.S.C. (UK)   Chemistry   Royal Society of Chemistry (UK)  
1975   M.I.M. (UK)   Manufacturing Management   Institute of Management (UK)  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

2006 to




President / Principal


Self-employed consultant on hydrocolloid technology.

1975 to 2006


FMC BioPolymer


Research Fellow


Various positions over 31 years to include the following from start to finish: Applications Manager, Production Manager, Director R&D, Plant Manager, Director - Raw Materials R&D, Director - Raw Materials, Technology Manager, and Research Fellow. Responsibilities covered the core businesses of carrageenan, microcrystalline cellulose, alginate, pectin, and konjac.

1969 to 1975


H. P. Bulmer Ltd. (UK)


Development Chemist


Carrageenan and pectin product and applications development.

1962 to 1969


A. D. Little Research Institute


Research Chemist


Contract research work on hydrocolloids.

1960 to 1962


I. C. I. Ltd.


Research Technician


General laboratory work.

Career Accomplishments:

R.S.C.(uk), M.I.M.(uk), IFT, ACS, IFST(uk), retired from all of them.


F.R.S.C. (Fellow Royal Society Chenistry).

Publications and Patents Summary

5 research publications, 4 patents granted, 6 patent applications in process, 1 book chapter on carrageenan to be published January 2010.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Edited by Imeson, A., Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN978-1-4051-3267-1.  
 - Food Chem Toxicol, 45: 98-106.  
 - Fd Cosmet. Toxicol., 8: 257-266.  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Contract with major hydrocolloid manufacturer for 100+ days annually for last 6 years mostly on carrageenan, MCC, alginate, and pectin and focused on regulatory affairs, toxicology, and business growth through new technology development.
  • Advised company with new product invention as to the chemical implications of digesting the product and advising the necessary toxicological testing path forward to try to achieve GRAS status.
  • Worked in the laboratory of a development company on the development of a new citrus fiber including raw material processing and finished product applications to determine business economics and viability.
  • Troubleshooted drug delevery system for a pharmaceutical company using CMC, revised the process to eliminate the problems, and developed QA specifications to prevent recurrence.
  • Provided technical support for the use of specific hydrocolloids for improved production of wood pellets to include patent applications, process development, and pilot and plant trials.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Hydrocolloid expert needed for consulting on maximizing the characteristics of seaweed alginate in a commercial agricultural application.
  • Expert in in agar production and distribution.
  • Expert for consulting on in guar gum powders needed.
  • Stabilizer processing expert for consulting on Gums stabilizers.
  • Biopolymer chemistry expert for consulting on hemostatic sealant with 3-D hydrogel that cross links with activa.
  • Gum arabic candy expert for consulting regarding gummis stable at 55 C.
  • Expert in alginate to assist with understanding the compounds and uses.
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:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Several depositions related to carrageenan technology with respect to patent litigation.
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
1986 to 1997   Asia / Africa   Expansion of seaweed cultivation for carrageenan business in tropics to include Tanzania, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, China, and Fiji. Resident of Singapore for 4 years. Joint venture in China.
1986 to 1996   South America / Latin America   Development of seaweed resources in Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Brazil.
1975 to 2006   Europe   Business experiences in U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Norway, and Belgium.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   Needs practice.
Spanish   Needs practice.

Market Research:
Business development including joint ventures and acquisitions for carrageenan, alginate, pectin, microcrystalline cellulose.

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:

General technology training courses on carrageenan, pectin, microcrystalline cellulose, alginate, and konjac.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Development of seaweed cultivation and harvesting on global basis to include joint ventures and partnerships with local companies.

Other Skills and Services

Global experience through working in North America, Latin America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.


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