Professional Positions: 

Consultant, 2011 to date;
Head of Chemistry, NeurOp, Inc., 2014 to 2016
​Lecturer, San Francisco State University, 2012;
Elan Pharmaceuticals, 1995-2011
Senior Director, Process and Analytical Chemistry, 2005-11,
Director, 2003-05,
  Associate Director, Medicinal Chemistry, 1995-2003,
Chemical Hygiene Officer, 2004-10
Sterling-Winthrop, Inc., Principal Research Investigator, 2003-2005
​ (became Sanofi-Winthrop in 2004)  Eastman Kodak Co., Kodak Research Labs, 1979-1993, 2005

​     Organic Chemistry Lab, blue sky research, 1979-1984

     Kodak Laboratory Products Division, New Products Analyst, 

​         1984-85

     Kodak Life Sciences Research Labs, 1985-1993

​     Photography Research Lab, 1995

Adjunct Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1985;

Visiting Adjunct Professor, University of Rochester, 1982-83;

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy,

     NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 1977-1979

University of California, Berkeley, College of Chemistry

     NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 1976-1977


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, 1976

University College London, 1969-1970

Tulane University, B.S. in Chemistry cum laude, 1971


ACS Fellow, 2012

​Howard Fawcett Chemical Health and Safety Award, 2016

Shirley B. Radding Award, Santa Clara Valley Section, 2014 

Walter B. Petersen Award, California Section, ACS, 2010

Rochester Section Award, ACS, 1991

Chemical Sciences Excellence Award, Elan Pharmaceuticals, 2009 

Gold Team Achievement Award, Kodak Research Labs, 1992 

NIH Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1977-79

DuPont Graduate Fellowship, 1976

Phi Beta Kappa, 1971

Sigma Xi, 1971

Phi Eta Sigma, 1968

Tulane University Scholar, 1967-71

Memberships (Professional)

​ACS (since 1972), AAAS, AAPS, Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa,

     Phi Eta Sigma, AACT

ACS Divisions: Biochemical Technology, Business Development and

Management, Chemical Education; Chemical Health & Safety;

Chemistry and the Law; History of Chemistry; Industrial &

Engineering Chemistry; Medicinal Chemistry (since 1972);

Organic Chemistry (since 1972) and Small Chemical Business.

Research Interests: Pharmaceutical development, Alzheimer's disease and cancer therapies; efficiency in process chemistry; synthesis and new synthetic methods, especially using organolithium reagents.

Related Activities:

Consultant to small companies with California Life Sciences Institute; Tulane University, School of Science and Engineering Board of Advisors, 2006 to date, University of California–Davis, R. Bryan Miller Symposium Committee, Advisor 2013-14, Chemistry Lab Design & Construction Lead, ​Elan Pharmaceuticals, 2010-11, 2008-09, 2001;

Co-inventor on >55 issued U.S. Patents, > 35 publications and invited presentations. 

ACS Service

Professional Work

Service in ACS National

Board of Directors, 2016-2021

Board Committee on Public Affairs and Public Relations, 2016-, 

​     Chair 2021-, Liaison to Grassroots units, 2017-

Board Committee on Strategic Planning, 2018-

Council Policy Committee (CPC), 2013-18 (Elected, voting),

     ex officio, 2010-12 (nonvoting), CPC Task Force on Councilor

     Travel Reimbursements, Chair, 2013-14

Committee on Local Section Activities (LSAC), 2007-12, Chair,

     2010-12,  LSAC Sub-Committee on Grants and Awards (IPGs),

     Chair, 2008-09

ACS Fellows Oversight Committee, 2010-11

Leadership Institute, Track Leader for Local Sections, 2010-12 

Leadership Institute Planning Group (LIPG), 2011-12

District VI Caucus, 2004-, Chair, 2009

Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC),

     2003-06, 1994-98, Committee Associate, 2001-02, 1993

Canvassing Committee, Grady-Stack Award, 1996-98.


Service in Local Sections Divisions and Regional Meetings:

California Section: (partial list)

     Councilor, 2004-15;

     Alternate Councilor, 2003

     Chair, 2004; Chair-Elect and Program Committee Chair, 2003

     Member-at-Large to Excomm,

     Long Range Planning Committee, Co-chair, 2015, 2005, 2003

     Nominations and Elections Committee Chair, 2005

     Audit Committee Chair, 2010

     Golf Tournament organizer and chair,  2003-2006

     Representative to Western Region Board, 2007 to date

Rochester Section: (partial list)

     Alternate Councilor, 1991-93; 

     Chair, 1988; Chair-Elect, 1987; 

     NCW Chair, 1989-91; 

     High School Exam and Awards Committee, Chair, 1985-87.  

Philadelphia Section: 

     NCW Committee, 1993-1994

     Membership Committee, Chair, 1994

Santa Clara Valley Section:

     NCW Committee, 1998

Division of Organic Chemistry:

     Liaison to Multi-Program Planning Committee, ACS (national

        meeting themes), 2014.

Western Region Board: 

     Chair, 2014 to present;

     Vice-Chair, 2011-2014

Western Regional Meeting:  General Co-Chair, 2013

Northeast Regional Meeting:  Organic Program Chair, 1981


Collaborative Activities 

San Francisco National Meeting Co-host Committee, 2014, Co-Chair, ​Western Regional Meeting 2013 (WRM2013) joint effort

    with California and Santa Clara Valley Sections,

    ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding Regional Meeting, 2013

Chemists in the Community, Co-organizer, joint with ACS Board, San Francisco ACS National Meeting, 2006; 

Interview Skills Workshops for Students, Co-founder, joint project of

     California and Santa Clara Valley Sections, ACS and NorCal

     Section of AIChE, 2004 to date;

Numerous joint meetings and activities between California and

   Santa Clara Valley Sections representing San Francisco Bay

   Area sections, 2003-present.

Rochester Council of Scientific Societies, President, 1990-93

Lee H. Latimer, Ph.D.

Candidate for ACS Director at Large