21st Microencapsulation Industrial Convention
Montreal, Canada - May 21-24, 2018
Ashok M. Adur, Vertellus, New Jersey - USA
Ashok M. Adur earned a Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Engineering and completed a mini-MBA course on Executive Entrepreneurship. He has over 35 years of success in R & D, product, process & business development, sales & marketing, technical service, introduction & commercialization of new products, business & general management at chemical, plastics and packaging companies such as Chemplex Co. (now part of Lyondell-Basell), Air Products & Chemicals, BP Chemicals, International Paper, PolyOne and Crane Plastics. He has published 15 papers in professional journals and presented over 70 papers at regional, national and international professional conferences. Also moderated and organized some conferences. He has developed several new proprietary inventions with over 70 patents applied resulting in commercializing numerous value-added products to meet specific customer needs and in new annual business of well over $1.5 billion. He has been operating a consulting business called Everest International Consulting (LLC) since 1992. He is considered an expert in reactive extrusion, polymer compounding and compatibilization of multi-component systems, in interfacial adhesion useful for coupling agents and for tie-layers in multi-layer coextrusion, microencapsulation as well as in developing strategies for patenting and intellectual property issues in polymers and plastics. He is now Global Commercial Development Director for Plastics at Vertellus LLC, a global US-based specialty chemicals company, where he has responsibility for strategic positioning, marketing and development and introduction of products for the plastics industry.
Christophe Barbe, Ceramisphere - Australia
Christophe Barbe is the CEO of Ceramisphere Pty Ltd, an Australian micro-encapsulation company based on sol-gel encapsulation of actives inside silica micro- and nano-particles.
Chris received his BSc from the Université Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris and a PhD in Materials Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). He has over 25 years of experience, spanning 3 continents, in developing and commercialising new materials and technologies for a wide range of commercial applications from high temperature superconductors, to blue-lasers, biosensors, solar cells and drug delivery. Having gained experience in world-class R&D organisations such as Dupont Central Research, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology (ANSTO), he has been leading innovation at Ceramisphere for the last 10 years.
His current focus is on the commercialization of Ceramisphere new smart anticorrosive pigments: Inhibispheres®.
Charles Brain, Ingredients Innovations International, Ohio - USA
Charles (Charlie) Brain is President and CEO of Ingredient Innovations International (dba 3i Solutions). Charlie is the founder of 3i, starting the company in 1997 in Wooster, Ohio, USA. Charlie has a BS Chemical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati. His career has extended over 50 years in product/process development of consumer products including detergents, food, coffee; and food, cosmetic and dietary supplement ingredients. Prior to founding 3i, Charlie worked for Procter & Gamble with increasing areas of responsibility in Product/Process Development management and The J.M. Smucker Company as Director of Product Development. Mr. Brain also operated a product development consulting business called Brainpower, Inc.
Claude Champagne, Agriculture and Agrifood Canada, PQ - Canada
Claude P. Champagne is a research Scientist in food biotechnology at the Saint-Hyacinthe Research and Development Centre (AAFC). His research has focused on the production and use of lactic starter cultures for fermented foods (yogurt, cheese, sauerkraut, dry sausages). He is also involved in the production of probiotic bacteria and the development of probiotic-containing functional foods (yogurt, cheese, vegetables, soy beverages, fruit juices) or animal feeds (swine). In these applications, he uses microencapsulation technologies to innovate in biomass production of probiotic cultures, as well as to improve their viability in foods as well as in the upper gastro-intestinal system.
Tim Desmet, Agfa-Gevaert NV, Belgium
As a polymer chemist from Ghent University Tim joined Agfa in 2011. As a project manager he focused on developing more sustainable solutions for the printing industry. Since 2015 he is responsible for the New Business Development and Innovation for the Specialty Products. Agfa has been using encapsulation strategies since 1970 to protect light-sensitive components. Different encapsulation routes are available, as well as a large industrial installation equipped with a solvent evaporation unit. Currently Agfa is exploring other domains and applications of encapsulation in which this knowledge and production facilities can be of value. This includes the production of biodegradable capsules.
Stephan Drusch, TU-Berlin, Germany
Stephan Drusch is Professor for Food Technology and Food Material Science at the Technische Universität Berlin. He studied at the University of Kiel (Diploma, PhD) and worked as a researcher in the dairy industry, at the University of Kiel and the University of Milan. His research activities focus on structure-function relationships in food processing with emphasis on dispersed systems and the encapsulation of food ingredients.
Joern Emmerich, Sopat, Germany
Joern Emmerich studied industrial engineering at Technical University of Berlin with focus on chemical engineering. After his graduation, he started his Ph.D. at the department of bioprocess engineering of the Technical University of Berlin in the field of photo optical sensor technologies for multi dimensional particle characterization. Founder and CTO of SOPAT which is specialized in the analysis of particulate systems. The Smart Online Particle Analysis Technology (SOPAT) has received several research and business awards (ICT-Innovative; Science4Life; Step Award; ICT start-up of the year, German Innovation Award). Member of the ISO Standardization Committee for Particle Measurement Technology, co-founder of the Funding Association for the Strengthening of Standardization and Research in Particle Measurement Technology and co-founder and vice chairman of the Bio-PAT network.
Charles Frey, Coating Place Inc., Wisconsin - USA
Charles (Chuck) Frey is currently VP of Scientific Affairs at Coating Place, Inc. where he has been actively involved in Wurster fluid bed particle coating formulation development and technical transfer since 1999. This focus and Coating Place’s rich history in Wurster coating technology has nurtured a comprehensive expertise on fluid bed coating processes. He has contributed several book chapters on various aspects of this technology. Product areas have included both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical applications such as multi-unit pellet drug delivery systems (MUPS/bead coating), drug taste-masking/-concealing, food, nutritional, nutraceutical, agriculture, personal care, general household, and general industry.
Simon Lawson, Escubed, UK
Short CV to be completed.
James Oxley, SwRI, Texas - USA
James D. Oxley, Ph.D. is a Staff Scientist in the Microencapsulation section at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI®) in San Antonio, TX, USA. Dr. Oxley directs staff engaging in contract research pertaining to encapsulation and controlled release. His responsibilities include delineating a research approach in encapsulation, process development, formulation development, analytical studies, and the development of novel micro- and nanoencapsulation techniques. Through his work over the past thirteen years at SwRI, Dr. Oxley has collaborated with hundreds of clients to develop encapsulated and controlled release products for use in various industries, including pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, food, cosmetics, consumer products, agriculture, paints and coatings, and energy storage. Dr. Oxley is Secretary on the board for the Controlled Release Society, Steering Committee for the Bioencapsulation Research Group, and a member of the American Chemical Society.
Denis Poncelet, Oniris, France
Denis Poncelet, PhD in Science from University of Liege, Belgium, is involved in microencapsulation since 1986, first at McGill University (Canada), and Flamel Technologies (France). Since 1993, is full professor at ENSAIA, Nancy and then Oniris, Nantes. He is cofounder of Capsulae and EncapProcess companies. He published near to 100 articles and book chapters on microencapsulation. As president of the BRG, he organized more than 70 microencapsulation events.
Robert Sobel, FONA International Inc., Illinois - USA
Robert Sobel currently serves FONA International as Vice President of Research and Innovation in the development of new and novel flavor encapsulation delivery systems and taste modification technologies. He has 18 years of industrial flavor R&D experience at FONA. Robert received a B.S. in chemistry with a minor in physics from Northern Illinois University, he has M.A. is educational leadership from Aurora University, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northern Illinois University. Graduate research emphasis includes physical chemistry and unified separation science. Robert has published manuscripts in: Analytica Chemica Actica, The Journal of Chemical Education, The Perfumer and Flavorist, and The Manufacturing Confectioner. He is a contributing author and co-editor of Microencapsulation in the Food Industry: A Practical Implementation Guide. He is cited as an inventor on many patents and patents pending in the art of microencapsulation. He has given a variety of technical symposia on analysis of flavor encapsulates, challenges of microencapsulation of flavors, proteins and polysaccharides as microencapsulating agents, and design of experiments for the scalability and quality improvement of spray drying flavorants.