About and Contact
I have spent most of my working life thinking about and working on ways to create and use enzymes more effectively. Now I want to help other companies succeed through consulting, expert witness services, and information products. I have experience in both the technical and business side, starting as a bench scientist in the biotechnology industry and finally creating and running a company that developed new enzyme products. I have a PhD in Chemistry from Harvard University and have spent my entire working life in the biotechnology industry.
My previous company BioCatalytics, Inc. changed the way enzymes were commercialized for the synthesis of chemicals. (BioCatalytics was acquired by Codexis. Inc. in 2007.) Since then I have stayed active in biocatalysis as a consultant and technical advisor. Currently I serve as Sr. VP for Biocatalysis at Provivi, Inc.
About Ryan Lauchli: Ryan Lauchli has been working with David on the Mainstream Biocatalysis newsletter since its inception when he was a post-doc at Caltech. Now that he has a full-time position with DuPont he works with David as a volunteer. Ryan was previously an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein post-doctoral fellow in Frances Arnold’s group at the California Institute of Technology. There, he introduced the first high-throughput assay for terpene synthase cyclizations, and engineered terpene synthase and cytochrome P450 biocatalysts by altering substrate scope, thermostability, and other properties. Before joining Prof. Arnold’s group, Dr. Lauchli worked as a scientist for Genelabs Technologies in Redwood City, CA. He earned his PhD at the University of California Irvine in Prof. Kenneth J. Shea’s group where he pioneered a new approach to the synthesis of the welwitindolinone class of natural products. His bachelor’s degree in chemistry was earned at the California State University Sacramento. Between his undergraduate and graduate degrees, Ryan was a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany where he developed his interests in science at the interfaces of biochemistry, chemistry, and molecular biology.
Bio-Catalyst.com is all about enzymes, biocatalysis, industrial biotechnology, and biofuels. The blog covers both technical and business issues about the latest enzymes and bio-based products and the companies that make and sell them.
To the best of our ability, the site will offer news and information on these topics, and–occasionally–the most brutally honest reviews that you will find anywhere. We also offer a free newsletter, sent every two weeks to subscribers.
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