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After celebrating 40 years in pharmaceutical research (Sept 2010), the last seven as the Senior Director of a Drug Metabolism Group, the inward call for more personal time echoed so strongly that I decided to retire from my position and pursue star gazing and travel on a more regular basis. A bit of background about myself follows. Although born in the Bay State, I have lived in NJ for nearly six decades where I attended public school in the Somerville-Bridgewater area. I was awarded a bachelor's degree in chemistry/physics from Kean University and an MS degree in analytical chemistry from Seton Hall University. My curriculum vitae includes more than 90 scientific journal articles, meeting abstracts, or book chapters covering analytical methods employed for the detection, quantitation and characterization of drugs in biological matrices, as well as the definitive metabolic disposition of many market-leading drugs. In addition, my name appears as the co‑inventor on at least six patent applications held by Schering Corporation (now Merck).
In 2006 along with
two other colleagues, I was
honored with the Discoverer's Award from PhRMA, the most prestigious
tribute given by this pharmaceutical trade organization. The associated
research spanning more than 10 years began with the discovery of the
agent in Zetia, a cholesterol absorption inhibitor which is marketed as a breakthrough drug to treat
hyperlipidemia. In 2007, a life-time of
accomplishment and community service were rewarded with an honorary
Laws from Kean University.
Never too far from
my love for nature and science, I
can be found outside on many dark, clear evenings imaging a long list
objects. Any image or data from photometric research on an
assortment of variable star
systems and asteroids is available by request to the public through
in some cases as publications in a
variety of astronomy journals. During
the daylight hours I can often be
found photographing flowers, listening to music on a reference
system, or tending to one of two modern muscle-cars that have been
modified for show.