Steve is a highly experienced practitioner of industrial biocatalysis with a broad knowledge of enzyme and chemical technologies in the pharmaceutical, fine chemical and biofuels sectors.
With 25+ years in these industries, his career has ranged from start-ups to global chemical companies, including proven leadership of a multidisciplinary biocatalysis department. In these roles many enzyme processes have been developed for the production of drug intermediates, involving molecular biology, fermentation science and chemical process development. Steve has a passion for science and innovation and its role in developing new businesses and generating new opportunities by creatively combining different disciplines in new ways. For example, he has developed ultra-green routes to natural ingredients by processes using ultrasonics and enzyme chemistry.
Steve is a biochemistry graduate of Imperial College, London, where he received a 1st class B.Sc. and PhD and was awarded the Governor’s Prize for Biochemistry. Over the years he has published many papers across a range of disciplines, from process chemistry to drug discovery.