ACS Small Chemical Business Division & Princeton Section Symposium*
“Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Innovate Now – Launch, Leverage, Lead”
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University
*The Symposium and Dinner will also serve as the PACS December Meeting & Year-End Celebration
1:00 pm – Welcome, Susan VanderKam, Diversity Initiatives Manager, Princeton University and Chair, Princeton ACS Section
1:10 pm – “Tool-Kit for the Entrepreneur: Considerations to Guide the Successful Start-Up of a Small Chemical Business”, Peter Lauro, Boston Office Vice Managing Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr and Chair, SCHB Division
1:55 pm – “Massively Collaborative Drug Development: A New Antimalarial Emerges from Academia”, Spencer Knapp, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Rutgers University
2:40 pm – “Advancing Entrepreneurial Thinking: How an MBA Can Help”, Barbara Ameer, Pharmacology Consultant and Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at Rutgers-RWJMS
3:15 pm – “From Blackjack to Entrepreneurship”, Pam Randhawa, CEO, Empiriko Corporation
4:00 pm – Break
4:15 pm – “Building your Brand in the Digital Age”, Jennifer Maclachlan, Co- Owner of her family owned and operated business, PID Analyzers, LLC
5:00 pm – “Chemical and Engineering News Promotes Entrepreneurship”, Michael McCoy, Executive Editor for Business, C&EN
5:45 pm – “Entrepreneurship Shapes Our Tomorrow”, Mukund Chorghade, President and Chief Scientific Officer, THINQ Pharma /MVRC Research/ Chicago Discovery Solutions
6:30 pm – Reception and Dinner
Reservations: The Symposium is free, however reservations are required. There is a charge of $20 for dinner ($10 for students). To make a reservation go to our website at http://chemists.princeton.edu/pacs/monthly-meeting/joint-acs-division-of-small-chemical-business-princeton-section-entrepreneurship-symposium/ or email email@example.com.
The meeting will be held in Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University. The lectures will be held in the auditorium (B52) followed by dinner in Taylor Commons (CaFe area). Frick Laboratory is located at the east end of the pedestrian bridge on Washington Rd, adjacent to the Weaver Track and Field Stadium. Visitor parking is available in Lot 21, corner of Faculty Road and Fitzrandolph Road (see http://m.princeton.edu/map/).
December 19 Symposium – Speaker Biographies
Peter C. Lauro is a partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Boston Office Vice Managing Partner and member of the firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He is a seasoned patent attorney who focuses his practice in the life sciences, primarily in the biotechnology and organic chemistry fields. He has extensive experience in the areas of patent prosecution and client counseling, including patent portfolio management and development, agency contested proceedings and litigation. Peter has an educational and professional background in the sciences. This experience has augmented his legal practice in fields such as biotechnology, pharmaceutical chemistry and formulations, and materials chemistry. He has helped clients develop patent portfolios related to screening assays, diagnostics, analytical devices, medical devices, genomics, biologics, vaccines, small molecule pharmaceuticals, clean tech and other areas.
Spencer Knapp is a faculty member at Rutgers University. His research accomplishments have comprised natural products total synthesis, new synthetic methods, medicinal chemistry (tuberculosis and malaria), structural bio-inorganic chemistry, and enzyme mechanism and inhibition. Two notable scientific achievements are the development of the GlcNAc-thiazoline inhibitors, which have served as powerful biochemical tools for understanding the action of the human enzymes O-GlcNAcase and N-acetylhexosaminidases (the latter associated with Tay-Sachs and Sandoff’s diseases), and the collaborative development of the ATP4 inhibitor SJ733, now in human clinical trials for malaria. He has received an NCI Young Investigator Award, an American Cyanamid Faculty Award, and a Hoechst-Celanese Innovative Research Award, and chaired the Princeton ACS Fall Organic Symposium in 2003, 2009, and 2014. He is 2019 Chair-Elect of the Princeton Section.
Barbara Ameer is a drug development and pharmacology consultant and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Prior to that appointment, she was Research Associate Professor at Rutgers in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Dr. Ameer earned undergraduate and professional doctorate degrees in pharmacy at University of Connecticut and Virginia Commonwealth University, respectively. She pursued an MBA at Rutgers to complement her science knowledge with coursework and projects involving management, business strategy and entrepreneurship. Over the subsequent 15 years, she applied these learnings during consulting and while interacting with academic colleagues and professional societies.
Pam Randhawa is CEO and Founder of Empiriko, a biotech company focused on developing R&D technologies for drug discovery and home-based point-of-care devices for personalized patient treatment. Pam has 20 years of experience in the healthcare and life sciences industries with expertise ranging from policy, corporate strategy, product development, analytics and marketing for Fortune 500 companies, startups and government. Prior to founding Empiriko, she co-founded AgroGreen Biofuels, an alternative biofuels technology company using agriculture waste. Previously, Pam held several executive positions with major healthcare technology companies. She played on the MIT blackjack team (basis for the movie “21”) as a card counter and an investor.
Jennifer Maclachlan, co-owner of her family owned and operated small chemical business, PID Analyzers, LLC, is responsible for managing relationships with distributors and key clients as well as the web-based marketing, social, and digital media initiatives, of which she was an early adopter. Maclachlan is the Chair of the ACS National Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC) and serves in various Public Relations Communications roles for the ACS. She is a founder of the Cape Cod Science Café, and founding member and organizer of STEM Journey, an award-winning K–12 annual public outreach, day-long. Maclachlan is also the Chair of the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s national task force on Teen Workplace Safety.
Michael McCoy received his B.A. in chemistry and English from Cornell University in 1985. He worked for Chemical Market Reporter, the predecessor to ICIS Chemical Business, for about 12 years before moving to Chemical & Engineering News, the flagship magazine of the American Chemical Society.Today, Michael is C&EN’s Executive Editor for Business, managing a staff of eight business reporters across the globe. Among the features he oversees is C&EN’s annual 10 Start-ups to Watch, a collection of stories about new companies that are commercializing cutting-edge chemistry. The start-ups in the collection are chosen by C&EN’s reporters based on their own knowledge and research and on nominations from C&EN readers and advisors
Mukund Chorghade is President and Chief Scientific Officer, THINQ Pharma / MVRC Research/ Chicago Discovery Solutions. He has had Adjunct Research Professor / Visiting Fellow / Scientists appointments at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Cambridge, Caltech, Univ. of Chicago, Rutgers, Strathclyde and others. He provides synthetic chemistry and pharmaceutical development expertise to academic laboratories, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies. His research interests are in Traditional Medicine derived New Chemical Entities and the discovery of “chemosynthetic livers” that find utility in drug metabolism, valorization of biomass and environmental remediation. He was ACS Section Chair (Brazoria 1990) and Northeastern (2007). He is 2018 Chair-Elect of the Princeton Section.
Welcome from PACS 2019 Chair
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I welcome all of you, as Chair designate of the Princeton ACS section 2019. My distinguished colleagues and I are delighted and honored to present you with an exciting series of events during the coming year.
Our team invites you to join us in progressing the cause of Chemistry and Technology via camaraderie collaboration, entrepreneurship and mentorship. Your professional expertise and interests would help further the aims and goals of our group. You could contribute materially to our discussions, deliberations, organization of seminars, workshops and webinars: promises to be an exciting year ahead.
The Group has now been broadened to affiliate with Rutgers University and the Princeton Fall Organic Symposium. We are committed to enhancing participation from our universities, the pharmaceutical industry and the agrochemical, cosmeceutical, and polymer industries as well.
Our team has been successful in winning several ACS grants and we are pushing forward with plans for an exciting lineup of activities to engage membership across a wide range of sectors and industries. We anticipate having several programs, events and professional seminars by distinguished practitioners of science in our field.
We will gain refreshingly new insights and perspectives from the collective wisdom of the assembled network of collaborators. Our teamwork will offer a vision, perchance to dream, and the motivation to explore new vistas and ventures. In the immortal words from the MIKADO, “Rejoiced such tidings good to hear; the poor folk flocked from far and near; for “young and old and shy and bold“ will be equally affected. My colleagues and I look forward to an intellectually stimulating collaboration and partnership with all of you.
Kindest regards and best wishes,
Mukund S. Chorghade, Chair Designate 2019
Sidney Harris Chemistry Cartoons
Funded by the ACS Innovative Grant Program and hosted by the Division of History of Chemistry, eminent cartoonist Sidney Harris will provide 12 previously unpublished cartoons to the ACS Local Sections for use in their Newsletters or monthly website announcements. Enjoy the first cartoon and comments from Jeffrey Seeman.
2018 NCW Illustrated Poem Contest Winners Announced!
In conjunction with our 2018 NCW “Chemistry is Out of This World” Activities Night on Friday, October 26, the Princeton ACS Section (PACS) sponsored the National Chemistry Week (NCW) Illustrated Poem Contest for students in kindergarten through 8th grades. For this contest, students were asked to write and illustrate a poem that fit the 2018 NCW theme of “Chemistry is Out of This World”.
Prizes were awarded in three categories: K-2nd; 3rd-5th and 6th-8th grade. Selection criteria were artistic merit, poem message, originality, creativity and neatness. Contest winners were announced at the NCW Activities Night at Princeton University on October 26. This year’s winners were:
First Place, Rishi Khedekar, Dutch Neck Elementary School
Second Place, Keerthana Pasumarthi, Dutch Neck Elementary School
Honorable Mention, Jameson Fennimore, Johnson Park School
First Place, First Place Anika Khedekar, Village School
Second Place, Hema Gujjar, Lawrence Intermediate School
First Place, Daniel Lu, Grover Middle School
Second Place, Pavana Gujjar, Lawrence Middle School
Honorable Mention, Hunter Schaffer, The Pennington School
Our First Place winners advanced to the National Contest and it has just been announced that Rishi Khedekar has place First in the K-2ndcategory of this contest! Congratulations to Rishi and all our winners! Thank you to our contest judges and to the parents and teachers who supported the students. All winning poems can be found on our website at:
NCW Activities Night 2018: “Chemistry is Out of This World!”
by Kitty Wagner, NCW Coordinator
Princeton ACS Local Section celebrated our 19thNCW Activities Night on October 26, at Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton, NJ. More than 500 community members ages 5 and up enjoyed activities and presentations related to the chemistry of space and space exploration facilitated by more than 130 volunteers. Volunteers were from the ACS, Princeton University Departments of Chemistry, Astrophysics, Geosciences, Physics and Engineering, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Rutgers University, industry, and the community. They included more than 80 students from local high schools with their teachers. The program focused on how we know what we know about space and what we’ve gained from our efforts to get there.
Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who made it possible. Princeton University Astrophysics graduate student David Vartanyan presented “The Stars in Us and the Cosmic Chemicals Around Us.” Astro grad student Melinda Soares-Furtado presented “Life Beyond Earth” about how we search for extraterrestrial life. She also brought an exhibit of live tardigrades which was supervised by Astro undergrad Zack Li. Princeton Chemistry grad student Carlos Calegari supervised Molecules Found in Space, and guests made toothpick-and-marshmallow models. Astro grad student Erin Flowers shared the activity she developed on analyzing gas spectra as one of a cluster of spectroscopy activities supervised by PACS member John Berrier and others. Guests learned how to tell a star’s temperature from its color as well as how to tell what elements it contains. Allen Jones brought his equipment. He also trained volunteers, supervised, and served as event photographer.
Christopher Smiet and Jessica Ilagan from Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory introduced guests to the fourth state of matter. Princeton University Geoscience Prof. Thomas Duffy lent amazing samples of meteorites to Princeton University Geoscience Society undergrads Sisi Peng, Alexandros Papamatthaiou, and Grace Kortum to present.
Princeton Chemistry grad student Jessica Frick talked about her recently accepted International Space Station experiment and led a related activity with the help of other grad students. Other grad students who supervised activities include Bryan Kudisch, Michael Smith, Jacob de Hovitz and Ben Zhang. Josh Turek-Herman supervised Alka-Seltzer® pop rockets. Rutgers grad student Mariana Lima supervised the manufacture of Galactic Space Slime with help from Nabeelah Kauser (Merck) and others.
Princeton Chemistry undergrad Lauren Ehehalt simulated a “rocket fuel” reaction with catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide. Other Princeton undergrads included Brian Foster and Alya Ahmad. Princeton Undergraduate Women in Physics Michelle Baird and Nico Cooper led guests in discussions of what humans need to survive in space, and guests designed a space craft.
Students from Lawrence High School’s Chemistry Club (advisor Jon Marbach) organized and supervised activities that included Astronaut Ice Cream, Galactic Skeeball (a quiz game with Skeeball ramps and questions about space), ultraviolet detection and protection, and a virtual tour of space. (Randy Weintraub, thanks for your presence in the planning stage.) Younger guests could enjoy a stationary ride in a space shuttle designed and built by members of the LHS Engineering Club. Students from Princeton High School’s Chemistry Club (advisor Robert Corell) and students from Princeton International School of Science and Mathematics (advisor Steve Chen) helped where needed.
In the general chemistry labs, Thom Caggiano gave demonstrations of the effects of pressure differentials with the help of John Tracy, Princeton Chem grads Hsinya Kuo and Danrui Ni supervised an electrolysis activity, and PCCM Outreach Director Dan Steinberg demonstrated phase changes and heat transfer. Many thanks to lab preparator Virginia Sari and undergrad assistants Addie Jung and Jalah Morris for doing all the work it takes to share the space!
Many thanks to Alice Monachello, Meredith LaSalle-Tarantin, Pattie Faranetta, Mary Jones, Thuy Le, YJ Choi, an anyone else who helped set up, sign in, keep things running or clean up, and to anyone I missed.
Finally, very special thanks to co-coordinator Louise Lawter who managed publicity and registration, did whatever else needed doing, and ran a very successful Illustrated Poem contest! We hope you will all be with us again for NCW 2019 “Marvelous Metals” Activities Night.
Supporting Professional Development for High School Chemistry Teachers
The ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant supports high school chemistry teachers as they identify and pursue opportunities that advance their professional development and enhance the teaching and learning of chemistry in their classrooms.
High school chemistry educators teaching in U.S. or U.S. territory schools can request up to $1,500 to fund professional development opportunities that will improve their professional skills and student achievement. Grants may be used for conference or workshop registration fees; travel expenses; tuition and educational expenses for new/upcoming courses; books and online instructional resources; and substitute teacher pay.
Applications for the ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant must be submitted by January 4, 2019; visit the grant website for complete eligibility details and an online application form: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/hachprograms/acs-hach-professional-development-grant.html?sc=181204_mem_news_acsmters_hachhsgr
You may also be interested in the ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant, which supports ideas on improving the teaching and learning of chemistry at the classroom level, or the ACS ChemClub Community Activities Grant, which supports chartered ACS ChemClubs in community interactions by service projects or improving science learning experiences. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 227-5558, ext. 8178.
Section Receives METT Grant!
Earlier this fall PACS applied for a Members Engaging Through Technology (METT) Grant offered by the ACS Local Section Activities Committee (LSAC). The purpose of the METT Grant is to assist local sections as they harness the power of technology to engage their membership and fulfill their section’s goals of increasing member activities and improving member recruitment efforts. The title of our proposal, submitted on behalf of the section by Mukund Chorghade, 2018 Chair-Elect, was “Upgrading technological resources to enable / improve meeting communication with industrial members.” The Section would use the funds to upgrade basic technical resources to enable and improve virtual meetings in order to recruit industrial and other members. The section is exploring new ways of reaching and serving current and prospective members.
We have recently been informed that our grant proposal has been approved! As Susan VanderKam, our 2018 Chair, wrote in her letter of support for the grant, “we are actively seeking ways to include all of our members, particularly our busiest members, who might not be able to attend our monthly meetings. This grant will help us improve our virtual network and communicate with our members more efficiently.”
2019 Princeton ACS Section Election Results
The Princeton Section Elections for 2019 officers was conducted from October 26 to November 25. It was conducted electronically and paper ballots were provided if requested.
The newly elected officers are:
2019 Chair-elect – Spencer Knapp
2019 Secretary – Randy Weintraub
2019 Treasurer – David Carrick
2019-2020 Member-at Large – Jonathan Dorman
Please join me in welcoming them to the PACS Executive Committee and thank you to all the members who supported our Section by casting their vote.
The Maryland Section of the ACS will be hosting MARM 2019 from May 30, 2019 to June 1, 2019 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Both registration and abstract submission for MARM 2019 are scheduled to open on January 21st. Abstract submission will close on February 25th and early registration on May 3rd. More Information on the meeting can be found on the website at marm2019.org.