The Laboratory Robotics
Interest Group

Mid Atlantic Chapter




The LRIG Mid Atlantic Chapter Officers

Ed Kuspiel


Chair, LRIG Mid Atlantic

Chapter Representative to Executive Board,
LRIG Mid Atlantic


Princeton, NJ

tel:  (609) 252-4426


Edward Kuspiel
received a B.A. and B.S. in Engineering from The College of New Jersey in
1981.  Working as a Senior Engineer for Wallace and Tiernan, Ed designed
electronics and control software used in new products for chemical process
instrumentation.  Since 1986, Ed has been with Bristol-Myers, Squibb where
he is a Group Leader in Discovery Informatics and Automation.  During his
tenure at BMS, Ed has developed multiple novel robotics systems, laboratory
instruments, and specialized controls used in pharmaceutical research.



(Jimmy) Chen, Ph. D.

Treasurer, LRIG Mid Atlantic

Committee, Computational Methods

ClickChem LLC,

11 Hudnut Lane

Belle Mead, New Jersey 08502


Dr. Jimmy Chen is currently the President of ClickChem LLC, a management
and consulting company specialized in pharmaceutical chemistry &
biopharmaceutical investment. Previously he was Vice President of Chemistry
and Pharmaceutical Research & Development at DOV Pharmaceutical, Inc. with
responsibilities for DOV’s discovery chemistry, chemoinformatics, process
development, API & drug substance manufacturing, and drug product packaging
activities. Prior to joining DOV Pharmaceutical Inc.; he was a principal
investigator at Purdue Pharma L.P. He has held key leadership positions in a
number of discovery research programs at Purdue Pharma and has made major
contributions to 2 development candidates for pain and CNS disorders.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Chen and his co-workers at Organix, Inc. were
involved in the research directed at the design and synthesis of ALTROPANE®,
a phase III clinical diagnostic agent for Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Chen has
collaborated with Nobel Prize laureate Barry Sharpless at Coelacanth
Corporation, and he was a major contributor for Coelacanth’s clickchem (high
throughput chemistry) strategies. Dr. Chen holds 11 issued US patents and 25
world wide patent applications. In 2003, his research was highlighted by the
"Drug Discovery Today" magazine. In 2006, he was interviewed by Genetic
Engineering News magazine on the topic of lead optimization. He was an
invited participant in the Executive Dialogue Roundtable Discussion on
Laboratory Productivity 2006 hosted by Advantage Business Media. He is a
recipient of 2007 & 2008 New Jersey Science and Technology Fellowship Award.
Dr. Chen has been an invited speaker for 15 international meetings focusing
on drug discovery technologies, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical
outsourcing and chem-informatics. He has chaired IBC’s 2nd Annual Conference
on "Optimization of High Quality Libraries" in 2006. He is an author or
co-author of more than 80 papers, presentations and abstracts.


Pharmaceutical chemistry, chemoinformatics, process development, API &
drug product manufacturing, drug product packaging, CMC regulatory,
biopharmaceutical investment



David PechterDavid

Secretary, LRIG Mid Atlantic

Committee, Informatics

Plough Research Institute

Kenilworth, NJ

tel:  (908) 740-7281

fax: (908) 740-7115



Dave is a mechanical engineer in Schering-Plough’s New Lead Discovery HTS
group where he has been working on a range of mechanical and software
projects from FLIPR support and Twister2 systems, to xml data formatting. He
has been involved in lab automation since 1991, when he worked on the design
and programming of a 15′ gantry robot for HTS.

Prior to joining Schering’s R&D Engineering group, Dave worked in the
areas of pressure sensors, wirebonding, and fiber optics splicing. Dave
received a BA in physics from Haverford College in 1977, and a MSME from UC
Berkeley in 1980.

Kevin Olsen


Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ


Bill NeilWilliam Neil

Webmaster, LRIG Mid Atlantic




Princeton, NJ

tel:  609-252-5418


Bill received a Bachelor’s degree
in Chemistry and Biology from Trenton State College in 1981. For several
years he worked with the Toxicology Division of Mobil Oil Corporation where
he developed his interest in computer programming and laboratory automation.
In 1987 he wrote his first application to automate data collection from a
liquid scintillation counter and installed his first robotics system to
automate a Packard biological oxidizer. He then took a two-year sabbatical
to focus entirely on laboratory automation at International Flavors and
Fragrances (IFF), where he automated fragrance sample compounding. It was at
IFF where he learned how to
ensure a 24/7
operation. William has been employed in the pharmaceutical industry since
1992, where he has written several applications in Visual Basic and VBA to
automate the Drug Discovery process, particularly in the area of instrument

Andy ZaayengaAndy

Executive Chair, LRIG Global

Chair Emeritus, LRIG Mid Atlantic

Committee, Automated Sample Storage & Retrieval

REMP Business Unit,
Tecan US Inc.

1730 West Circle Drive

Martinsville, NJ  08836-2147

tel:  (732) 302-1038

fax: (732) 875-0270


Andy is the Director of the REMP Business Unit of Tecan US Inc., which develops
and produces devices, consumables, software and fully automated sample
processing and storage systems mainly used in Research and Development by
the world’s leading pharmaceutical and agrochemical companies.

From September 2004 – October 2006, he provided services to the laboratory automation community through his
consulting company, SmarterLab.

Andy was Founder, Board Director, and Executive Vice President
(September 2001 – September 2004) at TekCel.
TekCel provided automated compound management
solutions to the drug discovery laboratory industry. He was
previously Founder, Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of the
Board at TekCel (September 1997 –
September 2001).

He was Senior Field Application Consultant at Zymark Corporation, Hopkinton, Massachusetts (1989 – 1997), and Field
Technical Specialist at Sybron Medical Products, Rochester, New York (1981 –

Andy is Executive Chair and Webmaster of the nonprofit Laboratory
Robotics Interest Group. Since his involvement in April 1996 the group has
grown from a regional membership of 200 to a global presence of over 9,000. He is a member of the Society for
Biomolecular Screening
, Mensa,
International Society for Biological and
Environmental Repositories
, and the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics
. He was a Board Director
and is a member of the nonprofit Association for
Laboratory Automation
.  He served on the Program Committee of the Microplate Technology
and International Conference on Automation and Robotics (MipTec-ICAR). 
He was an Officer of the American Chemical Society Laboratory Automation National Division (LABA). Andy is an editor of the
Dmoz Open Directory Project for the
categories of

Laboratory Automation and Robotics
; Laboratory

Refrigeration and Cold Storage
; and

Pipettors, Automatic and Manual
.  He has moderated scientific
sessions at Miptec-ICAR, Laboratory Robotics Interest Group, and
meetings. Andy holds three patents and has collaborated and assisted in
several scientific papers.


In November 2002, we extended the LRIG Mid Atlantic Board by the addition of
a steering committee.  This committee works with the board to organize
meetings, qualify presentations, set agendas for meetings, and guide the
chapter in its direction. We will form sub-committees in meeting
programming, finance, bylaws, event planning and other such activities.
Sub-committees will also be formed in specific disciplines such as
pharmaceutical dosage form, combinatorial chemistry, genomics, compound
storage, and other areas the group identifies as meaningful to our

In selecting the committee members, we considered prior
involvement in the Mid Atlantic chapter, past meeting attendance, areas of
expertise and their applicability to the group’s needs, geography,
willingness to share in the meeting and on-line discussions, as well as
other factors. We also review the steering committee annually to insure
active participation.

LRIG Mid Atlantic Steering Committee


 SP Corporation  

 John Babiak

 PTC Therapeutics


Chen, Ph.D


 Novo Nordisk

 Liberty Scientific  

 Bill Haller


 Pharmaceutical Dosage Form

 Scott Jennings

 Bristol-Myers Squibb

 Pharmaceutical Dosage Form

 Kapeel Krishana

 Princeton University


 Tony Lozada



 Mel Reichman

 Pharmacophore Discovery

 ADMET, Computational Methods

 Peter Schutz



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