Thomas O'Halloran, Ph.D.
Dr. O'Halloran is the Director, Chemistry of Life Processes Institute and the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry and Biology at Northwestern University. Professor O'Halloran is an expert in the field of metals and metal homeostasis in living organisms.
Manuel Navia, Ph.D.
Dr. Navia is currently a consultant and Executive-in-Residence, Oxford Biosicence Partners. He is an expert in the field of X-ray crystallography, and has focused his career on the application of structural biology to the design and development of novel therapeutic agents through the application of structure-based drug design. In the early 1980's, Dr. Navia established the first industrial macromolecular structure laboratory in the U.S. at Merck & Company, Inc. From 1989 to 1997, Dr. Navia was Vice-President and Senior Scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
K. Barry Sharpless, Ph.D.
Dr. Sharpless is currently W.M. Keck Professor of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute. He is best known for his research on chirally catalysed oxidation reactions for which he shared the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2001. Professor Sharpless is also renowned for his "modular click chemistry", which are selective, exothermic reactions which occur under mild conditions in water.
Richard White, Ph.D.
Dr. White was formerly Chief Scientific Officer, Vicuron Pharmaceuticals and Vice President, Infectious Disease Drug Discovery, Bristol Myers Squib. His research interests are on the mechanisms of action and resistance for antibacterial drugs.