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Arlin L. Bostian, Ph.D.​

Regional Director, North America SynTech Research, Inc.

Location: Midwest Bioscience Research Park, Stilwell, Kansas City Metro Area.

B.S., Zoology and Biological Science, Oklahoma State University,
M.S. Plant Pathology and Nematology, Oklahoma State University
Ph.D., Nematology, North Carolina State University


More than 30 years in the crop protection industry with SynTech Research, Inc. and previously with Bayer CropScience and its predecessor companies. Experience includes various managerial positions in Research and Development, Regulatory and Stewardship, and Marketing and includes postings in Asia (Singapore and Japan), Europe (France and Germany), and the U.S.

Special Focus:
In addition to responsibility for regional and global R&D activities, from September 2007 until May 2010, Dr. Bostian assumed an additional role as Bayer CropScience’s Global Sustainable Development Officer. In this role, he was responsible for leading a company-wide initiative focused on Bayer CropScience’s contribution toward sustainable development in agriculture.

Interests: Golf, tennis, skiing, music | Nationality: U.S

Professor Arun Bhunia, BVSc, PhD​

Professor of Food Microbiology, Purdue University

Professor of Food Microbiology, Department of Food Science
Department of Comparative Pathobiology (courtesy)
Purdue University | West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA | Tel: (765) 494-5443

BVSc (DVM equivalent): BCKV, West Bengal, India
PhD: University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA
Postdoctoral training: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA

Center for Food Safety Engineering
Purdue University Life Science program (PULSe)

Microbial Foodborne Pathogens (grad level); Microbial Techniques for Food Pathogens, Intestinal Microbiology and Immunology (grad level).

Awards and Recognition:

Two patents, and received Purdue Agriculture Research Award (2003), Purdue Faculty Scholar (2005), Purdue Team Award (2006), IFT R&D Award (2009), Outstanding Graduate Educator Award in the Department of Food Science (2010, 2011) and College of Agriculture (2013). NACMCF member (National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods) (2013-Present)


Research Focus:

(a) Pathogen detection employing optical and electrical sensors including, protein biochip, light scatterings, fiber-optic and cell-based sensors. (b) Mechanism of pathogenesis for Listeria monocytogenes during intestinal phase of infection and subsequent control strategies using probiotics and nanocomposites.

Publications and Presentations:

133 refereed articles, 2 text books (Fundamental Food Microbiology; Foodborne Microbial Pathogens: Mechanisms and Pathogenesis), 2 edited books, 15 book chapters, 33 proceeding articles, 137 research abstracts, and delivered more than 90 invited talks, keynote and plenary talks in national and international venues

Professional Services:

Editor-in-Chief: Open Journal of Medical Microbiology; Open Journal of Applied Biosensor; Editor: Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Conference Papers in Biology, Journal of Applied Biosensor, Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Antibody Technology, Gut Pathogens; Editorial Board member: Journal of Food Protection

Ronald A. Rader​

President, Biotechnology Information Institute

Mr. Ronald A. Rader has been President of his own publishing/consulting company, the Biotechnology Information Institute, since late 1990. Mr. Rader has a B.S. (Microbiology), M.L.S. (Library/Info. Sci.), and over 30 years experience as a biotechnology/pharmaceutical information specialist, author, publisher and consultant.

Although currently primarily a consultant, Mr. Rader is best known as the author/publisher of BIOPHARMA: Biopharmaceutical Products in the U.S. and European Markets, the only information resource/reference concerning biopharmaceuticals. He soon will be launching the most extensive biosimilars/biobetters development pipeline database. He is also the author of the only directory of expression systems/genetic engineering technologies, and the developer of the Top 1000 Global Biopharmaceutical Facilities Index.

Scott Lovell, Ph.D.

Regional Director, North America SynTech Research, Inc.

Scott Lovell, Ph.D. has 19 years of experience in the field of X-ray crystallography for both small molecules and proteins. He received his B.S. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in chemistry, Ph.D. from Purdue University in organic and held a post-doctoral position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the area of protein crystallography. Following his post-doctoral work, he was hired by deCODE Biostructures (aka Emerald Biostructures) to setup and manage a crystallography group at the deCODE Chemistry site in the Chicago, IL area. His laboratory supported internal and external client drug development projects which included Fragment Based Drug Design (FBDD) projects.

Dr. Lovell currently serves as the Director of the Univeristy of Kansas Protein Structure Laboratory (PSL) and collaborates with a diverse range of investigators at various academic and industrial institutions in Kansas and surrounding areas to obtain structural information for a variety of proteins using X-ray crystallography. He has extensive experience in all aspects of structure determination from construct design, cloning, expression/purification methods, crystallization, X-ray data collection and structure solution/analysis. He is an author on over 70 peer-reviewed publications.