Advisory Board

cicatiello 8e103Anthony Cicatiello


CN Communications

Anthony Cicatiello is a Founding Partner and Chairman of CN Communications.  He is responsible for media relations and public affairs consulting, and serves as senior producer of film and video production for CN client projects.  He also serves as President of CN’s client, the Research & Development Council of New Jersey.

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Senior Vice President

SiO2 Medical Products

Brian Maurer currently serves as Senior Vice President of SiO2 Medical Products (SMP) and has been with the company since 2015. In this role he is focused on commercial development of innovative solutions which utilize SMP’s novel combination of plastic and plasma coating technologies, and commercializing new product solutions for drug discovery, diagnostic, and drug delivery applications.

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President & CEO

Noveda Technologies

Govi Rao is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Noveda Technologies. With more than 15 years of global experience across several industries, he is a passionate champion of sustainability. He was instrumental in envisioning and establishing Lightning Science as an innovative pace setter in the emerging LED space.

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jeff hale 8b2fdJeffrey Hale

Associate Vice President, Discovery Chemistry


Jeffrey Hale, PhD is an Associate Vice President of Discovery Chemistry at Merck Research Laboratories. He is currently responsible for Merck's small molecule infectious diseases and neuroscience discovery efforts in West Point, Pennsylvania.

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Colgate Palmolive

Long Pan, PhD, is currently a Director at Colgate Palmolive Co. He leads the Cross Category Research & Innovation Team at the company responsible for solving business challenges, developing Innovation, securing Intellectual Property etc. 

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Chief Scientific Officer and Head of Global R&D

The Nature's Bounty Co.

Mark Gelbert, PhD, JD joined The Nature’s Bounty Company in 2017 as Chief Scientific Officer. He brought with him 30 years of experience in consumer healthcare innovation and brand development, and drug regulatory affairs.

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mikhail rodkin 856d8Mikhail Rodkin

Vice President, Refining Catalysis Research & Analytics


Mikhail Rodkin, PhD, is currently the Vice President of Refining Catalysis Research and Analytics at BASF. He is responsible for the research and development of catalysts for fluidized catalytic cracking for oil refining as well as for material characterization, and heterogeneous catalysts for chemical transformations such as hydrogenation, dehydrogenation, isomerization, Zeigler-Natta polymerization, and fluidized hydrocarbon tracking.

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Global Head, Discovery Sciences

Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Percy Carter, PhD, is Global Head of Discovery Sciences (DS) where he develops and drives the global small molecule discovery strategy for the Janssen early research portfolio, ensuring alignment with Therapeutic Area (TA) priorities and Janssen R&D imperatives.

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Retired Vice President


Dr. Robert M. Ianniello retired in 2016 from his role as Vice President of Analytics and Research Services, Catalysis Research at BASF. He is currently the Principal at RMI Consulting, LLC and a Visiting Professor at Rutgers.

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Communications Retired Manager

PPG Industries

Dr. Suresh Damle retired in 1998 after working in various industrial research and development positions for 35 years. He most recently acted as a consultant for Chemical Industry and operating partner for Edgewater Capital Partners in Cleveland.

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Senior Scientific Advisor


Tim Shaffer, PhD, is a Senior Scientific Advisor at Corporate Strategic Research (CSR), ExxonMobil Research and Engineering in Clinton, New Jersey. He began his career as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington, moved to General Electric Plastics in New York in 1989, and accepted a position with Exxon Chemicals in 1991 at the Linden Technology Center in New Jersey. In Linden, Tim began developing his expertise in isobutylene polymerization, an expertise for which is widely known. He spent a majority of his nine years in the Chemicals Company working in the research labs in Baytown, Texas before transferring to CSR in 2000.

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schinski f07a0William Schinski

Retired Consulting Scientist


Dr. William Schinski retired in 2005 after 35 years with the Chevron Corporation.  Dr. Schinski joined the Ortho Division of the Chevron Chemical Company in 1969 and was transferred to the Catalyst Group for the Chevron Research and Technology Company in 1994.

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Retired Vice President of Chemistry

Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical R&D

William V. Murray, PhD. Former Vice President of chemistry at Johnson & Johnson, retired from J&J in 2016 after 36 years in drug discovery and chemical and pharmaceutical development. He is currently  Principal at WVM Pharma Consulting LLC. 

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Associate R&D Director

Dow Elastomers, Electrical, & Telecommunications

Dr. Xiaodong (Shel) Zhang is currently Associate R&D Director in Dow’s Wire & Cable business.  He leads the Wire & Cable R&D organization specializing in polymer research, formulation development, application development, electrical characterization, and process R&D. to develop novel solutions for the effective transmission and distribution of power, video, voice and data.

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