The Science IP® Research Team combines a unique scientific and powerful online search experience. Each team member is a scientist that comes with years of search experience including scientific literature, patent documentation and expert analysis.
The Science IP Research Team should be considered your experts on call. Science IP, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, consists of team members located throughout the U.S. to meet needs across multiple time zones.
The CAS Technical Advisory Team consists of a diverse group of highly trained and educated scientists committed to supporting the Science IP Research Team.
Science IP Research Team members also write monthly STN® search tip articles for STN News.
SEARCH TEAM EXPERTS
SCIENCE IP TEAM BIOGRAPHIES
Don joined CAS in 1982 as a Search Coordinator and is now a Senior Scientist with Science IP. He conducts searches related to chemistry and the life sciences, including chemical structure searches and intellectual property related questions.
Don’s search experience spans more than 30 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Master of Science in Library and Information Sciences from Western Michigan University. From 1977-1982, he worked as an Assistant Life Sciences Librarian at Purdue University. One of his primary responsibilities at Purdue included literature searches for the School of Agriculture and the Department of Biology.
Don is a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG).
Mike is a Senior Searcher for Science IP. His search expertise on STN supports intellectual property and business decisions, such as patentability, freedom-to-operate and validity. His experience includes chemical structure, reaction and physical property searching in CAS REGISTRYSM, WPINDEX and MARPAT® on STN, as well as structure searcher on other structure-searchable platforms.
Mike brings bring 18 years of experience as a medicinal chemist at small and large pharmaceutical companies. As chemistry project leader, he led collaborative global research efforts in the discovery of three clinical candidates and helped developed the IP strategy. He co-authored more than 20 publications in peer review journals and co-invented more than 35 granted patents. Mike is a registered patent agent (#55,473) and holds a doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the University of Kansas.
Mike is a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG), the National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP), and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). He is also a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the ACS divisions of Chemistry and the Law (CHAL), Organic Chemistry (ORG), Medicinal Chemistry (MEDI) and Chemical Information (CINF).
DAVID S. SAARI
David joined Science IP as a Senior Scientist in 2005. His 38 years of experience includes acquisition, distribution, organization and use of scientific and patent information. Prior to joining CAS, he worked for American Cyanamid Company, American Home Products (Wyeth), BASF, Miles Laboratories (Bayer), Schering-Plough and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
David holds a doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of California, Davis. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as an Agent (Reg. No. 29,239). He has held academic appointments at the University of California, Davis and the University of Notre Dame.
Sharilyn’s search experience spans 22 years, including patent and technical literature, chemistry, life sciences, including chemical structure searches. Prior to joining Science IP, Sharilyn worked at The Dow Chemical Company for 14 years performing in-depth technical and patent information retrieval and analysis, including current awareness.
Sharilyn earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, specializing in chemical information from Indiana University.
Sharilyn is a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG).
Elaine joined the Science IP team in 2007. She searches topics such as chemistry, biomedicine and pharmaceuticals for patents and non-patent literature, including chemical structure searches, Markush searches and intellectual property.
Elaine holds a doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry from the City University of New York and conducted postdoctoral research at Temple University. She worked at GlaxoSmithKline (formerly called SmithKline Beecham) for over 15 years as an information analyst. She searched and analyzed chemical prior art, worked closely with program team leaders, scientists and patent attorneys based in the U.S. and abroad. As a member of the Search Desk staff, she performed various searches as requested by scientists and managers, mostly of a chemical and biomedical nature. Elaine was also involved in evaluating, implementing and training on desktop information products for the information staff and scientists.
Elaine is a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) and regularly attends annual meetings. She is also a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Chemical Information Division, Chemistry & the Law Division and local section.
KENNETH L. HOPPE
Ken joined Science IP as a Senior Searcher in 2007. Ken’s expertise focuses on biological and sequence patent retrieval and analysis supporting patentability, freedom-to-operate, validity, infringement and due diligence activities within the legal and corporate environment. Prior to joining CAS, Ken spent 12 years with Pfizer where he conducted molecular biology research in drug discovery and provided patent and scientific information for in-house patent attorneys. Prior to his pharmaceutical experience, Ken worked in numerous academic molecular biology research laboratories at Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Hospital Boston and the University of Connecticut Health Center’s Department of Biochemistry.
Ken earned a Master of Science in biological sciences from Oklahoma State University and co-authored multiple scientific publications.
Ken has been a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) since 2001. He has given several biotechnology patent information research talks at the Northeast Conference and at the PIUG Biotechnology Conference and was an invited speaker in 2011.
Peter joined the Science IP teams as a Senior Searcher in 2007 with over 20 years of experience searching scientific, chemical and patent information. Prior to joining CAS, Peter spent 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry including Bristol-Myers Squibb’s information and knowledge integration group. He also worked in the pharmaceutical division of DuPont where he focused on organic synthesis in medicinal chemistry and on the discovery of new central nervous system agents. He also provided patent and scientific information support for the R&D group.
After earning a Master of Science in organic chemistry from Temple University, Peter worked as a synthetic chemist at the Fox Chase Cancer Center and as a process chemist at Sybron Chemicals. He has over 20 years of experience as an instructor for various chemistry courses.
Peter joined the American Chemical Society in 1985 and is also a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG).
KENNETH J. CUTSHALL
Ken joined CAS in 2008 as a Senior Searcher with Science IP. Ken’s 20 years of search experience includes specializing in electrochemical storage systems, defense technologies and consumer home products. His previous employers include EnerDel, Proctor & Gamble, Kellogg Company and Sandia National Laboratories.
Ken earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, specializing in chemical information from the Indiana University, and a Master of Business Administration from Northern Kentucky University.
Ken is a member of the Patent Information Users Group, Inc. (PIUG).
Matt manages the Science IP Research Team. Prior to joining Science IP in 2010, Matt worked at CAS as a Senior Applications Specialist for six years, where he was responsible for customer training on STN and SciFinder. Prior to joining CAS, Matt was an independent information consultant, a consultant with Thomson Dialog and a fungicide scientist with Rohm and Hass. Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and a Master of Science in plant pathology.
SCIENCE IP CONSULTANTS
G. KENNETH OSTRUM
Known as “Dr. O”, Ken joined CAS in 1969 and joined Science IP in 2003. He is widely recognized as an expert in polymer indexing and searching and has presented dozens of public and private seminars and customized presentations on polymer searching using a wide variety of databases. Among his many achievements, Dr. O. recently provided expert assistance for a project to link CAS Registry Numbers® for monomer-based records to the corresponding CAS Registry Numbers for the structural repeating unit (SRU) records.
Ken holds a doctorate in organic chemistry from Northwestern University and spent four years in polymer research in government and industrial laboratories before joining CAS.
Dr. O. helps with designing, testing, implementing, documenting and training robust search features on STN.
Natalia joined CAS in 2001 as a Technical Information Specialist in the CAS Search Service. Natalia currently helps develop the new STN search platform. For Science IP, Natalia fulfills requests for scientific and patent information in the chemistry and life sciences areas. Her expertise includes chemical structure and sequence searching, property data, chemical suppliers and regulatory compliance.
Natalia earned a Master of Science in biology from Leningrad State University. Her past experience includes protection agent, environmental studies, generation of reports and scientific publications, staff training, presentations at scientific meetings and literature searches. She later earned a Master of Science in library and information science from Kent State University. She was employed as a Library Assistant at Byrd Polar Research Center’s Library at Ohio State University where she was responsible for online information retrieval, collection maintenance, current awareness profiling and providing general patron assistance.