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I had an opportunity to meet them at NCL Pune India and the kindness shown to me, along with help to move around
Organic Process Research & Development – NCL, Pune India
The 28th International Conference and Exhibition, 15,16 th april 2013
http://www.scientificupdate.co.uk/conferences/conferences-and-workshops/details/138-developing-chemical-processes-for-active-pharmaceutical-ingredients-apis.html
National Chemical Laboratory – Pune, India
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NCL HALL , CONFERENCE IN ACTION
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15 april, 2013, Conference
http://www.scientificupdate.co.uk/conferences/conferences-and-workshops/details/138-developing-chemical-processes-for-active-pharmaceutical-ingredients-apis.html
16th april2013
http://www.scientificupdate.co.uk/conferences/conferences-and-workshops/details/138-developing-chemical-processes-for-active-pharmaceutical-ingredients-apis.html
With Dr Will Watson (centre) and Dr John knight of Scientific Update,
UK at NCL cafeteria, Pune , India

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With Dr Will Watson and Dr John knight of Scientific Update,
UK at NCL Pune, India during the conference

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MY IDOL- met him in Searle India in the 80′s

DR TREVOR LAIRD

Scientific Update,
UK

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Will Watson

Will Watson

Dr Will Watson gained his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Leeds in 1980. He joined the BP Research Centre at Sunbury-on-Thames and spent five and a half years working as a research chemist on a variety of topics including catalytic dewaxing, residue upgrading, synthesis of novel oxygenates for use as gasoline supplements, surfactants for use as gasoline detergent additives and non-linear optical compounds.

In 1986 he joined Lancaster Synthesis and during the next 7 years he was responsible for laboratory scale production and process research and development to support Lancaster’s catalogue, semi-bulk and custom synthesis businesses.

In 1993 he was appointed to the position of Technical Director, responsible for all Production (Laboratory and Pilot Plant scale), Process Research and Development, Engineering and Quality Control. He helped set up and run the Lancaster Laboratories near Chennai, India and had technical responsibility for the former PCR laboratories at Gainesville, Florida.

He joined Scientific Update as Technical Director in May 2000. He has revised and rewritten the ‘Chemical Development and Scale Up in the Fine Chemical & Pharmaceutical Industries’ course and gives this course regularly around the world. He has been instrumental in setting up and developing new courses such as ‘Interfacing Chemistry with Patents’ and ‘Making and Using Fluoroorganic Molecules’.

He is also involved in an advisory capacity in setting up conferences and in the running of the events. He is active in the consultancy side of the business and sits on the Scientific Advisory Boards of various companies.

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John Knight

John Knight

Dr John Knight gained a first class honours degree in chemistry at the University of Southampton, UK. John remained at Southampton to study for his PhD in synthetic methodology utilizing radical cyclisation and dipolar cyloaddition chemistry.

After gaining his PhD, John moved to Columbia University, New York, USA where he worked as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Gilbert Stork. John returned to the UK in 1987 joining Glaxo Group Research (now GSK) as a medicinal chemist, where he remained for 4 years before moving to the process research and development department at Glaxo, where he remained for a further 3½ years.

During his time at Glaxo, John worked on a number of projects and gained considerable plant experience (pilot and manufacturing). In 1994 John moved to Oxford Asymmetry (later changing its name to Evotec and most recently to Aptuit) when it had just 25 staff. John’s major role when first at Oxford Asymmetry was to work with a consultant project manager to design, build and commission a small pilot plant, whilst in parallel developing the chemistry PRD effort at Oxford Asymmetry.

The plant was fully operational within 18 months, operating to a 24h/7d shift pattern. John continued to run the pilot plant for a further 3 years, during which time he had considerable input into the design of a second plant, which was completed and commissioned in 2000. After an 18-month period at a small pharmaceutical company, John returned to Oxford in 2000 (by now called Evotec) to head the PRD department. John remained in this position for 6.5 years, during which time he assisted in its expansion, established a team to perform polymorph and salt screening studies and established and maintained high standards of development expertise across the department.

John has managed the chemical development and transfer of numerous NCE’s into the plant for clients and been involved in process validations. He joined Scientific Update in January 2008 as Scientific Director.

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Dr Claire Francis

Dr Claire Francis

Claire has a PhD in Organic Chemistry and Biotechnology from the University of Exeter. She joined Scientific Update straight from University in 1995 and has worked in all aspects of the business. She is currently responsible for Conference Management and all aspects of business development including planning new events and developing company strategy. She is responsible for marketing, advertising, sponsorship opportunities and exhibition management.

Claire has a PhD in Organic Chemistry and Biotechnology from the University of Exeter. She joined Scientific Update straight from University in 1995 and has worked in all aspects of the business. She is currently responsible for Conference Management and all aspects of business development including planning new events and developing company strategy. She is responsible for marketing, advertising, sponsorship opportunities and exhibition management.

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