Dr.Gautschi teaches organic chemistry and performs research with his students on the natural product chemistry of genetically-modified fungi for antibiotic potential. Previously, he worked in business and science directorship roles at Bend Research and Agere Pharmaceuticals. He holds patents and publications on in vitro drug species testing for advanced drug delivery technologies.
“I am happy to share my experiences and background as a chemist involved in multiple start-ups. As the first employee of Agere Pharmaceuticals from its start-up days, I had to wear many hats, from research chemist to business and corporate development to hiring manager to janitor! Growing pains can be real, but many of the rewards are well worth the efforts, diligence, and patience needed to move a bioscience company from a few employees to tens of employees.
As a science writer for the start-up CyberEd in the late nineties, I played detailed roles as that garage-based firm grew and was sold to Penguin Eduction. As a business development director at Bend Research during their transition to a multi-client business, I experienced first-hand the need to sell your ideas and science to the science community worldwide.”