Porton International, Inc. (and its OMEC International subsidiary, Washington, DC)
October 1985 - December 1990
Manager of Information Services, Market Planning and Information Services Department:
Provided information and competitive intelligence services and market, technology and strategic assessments for a diversified international biotechnology company (then probably the world's largest privately-held biotechnology company) with subsidiaries for biopharmaceuticals and vaccines, diagnostics, culture media and reagents, fermentation equipment, protein sequencers, HIV clinical trials and publishing (OMEC Intl.). Provided information retrieval services and market and technology assessments supporting business development, product R&D, regulatory compliance, patents/technology transfer, marketing and strategic corporate decisions. Provided competitive intelligence, including monitoring diverse commercial, technological, regulatory and scientific developments. Served as Editor, Porton Alert, the monthly corporate current awareness bulletin; managed the corporate reference library/information center; and provided online database searching and other information retrieval services.
      With OMEC International, Porton's publishing and information resources development subsidiary:
Editor, Antiviral Agents Bulletin - conceived, developed, and the sole writer (since April 1988).
Editor, BioINVENTION, a monthly U.S. biotechnology patent abstract and news periodical, 1995-2000.
Lead Author/Editor, the Federal Biotechnology Programs Directory and the Federal Biotechnology Information Resources Directory, the first studies/reference books surveying federal programs and information resources relevant to U.S. biotechnology R&D and industry.
[Note, about 80% of time in more recent years devoted to Porton International, about 80% of time in earlier years was devoted to OMEC International].

Technical Resources, Inc., Rockville, MD
Chemical Editor, Survey of Compounds Which Have Been Tested for Carcinogenic Activity , 1985.
Chemical identification, nomenclature assignment, cataloging and in-depth indexing of the world's published reports of animal carcinogenicity and long-term chronic toxicology studies (NIH contract).

Biospherics, Inc. (now Spherix, Rockville, MD)
Information Scientist, Cancer Information Service; Manager, Cancer Information Clearinghouse, 1984.
Technical information services for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) public and health professional information programs; information retrieval and online searching to support responses to technical and public queries and issues; managed the health care professional clearinghouse and handled related requests for information (NIH contract).

Computer Sciences Corp., Falls Church, VA
User Support Coordinator, NIH/EPA Chemical Information System, 1983-1984.
Managed user support (handled inquiries and user and system problems) for the major federal agency chemical/toxicology database and chemical subsubstructure search system (network of databases); wrote database users manuals; conducted marketing efforts and user training (NIH and EPA contract).

MITRE Corp., McLean, VA, 1978-1981
Information Scientist, Toxic Substances Information Group, Environment Division, 1978-1981.
For various government agencies, developed toxicology, environmental and technology assessment information resources and developed related assessments and reports. Major projects included: design and development of the Chemical Information Resources Directory component (a pioneer meta-index of information resources) of the Chemical Substances Information Network (CSIN); wrote the first environmental and safety assessment of petroleum refining; developed an energy technology competitive intelligence system for a U.S. ally; wrote the first assessment of information resources needed for the DOE CO2-Climate research programs; provided database support for the first study of radiation exposure records and data systems at DOE nuclear facilities and assessment of their utility for epidemiological studies; and established a special library for the Environment Division, DOE.

Gillette Medical Evaluation Labs., Gillette Co., Rockville, MD
Information Specialist, Gillette Medical Evaluation Labs., The Gillette Co., 1976-1978.
Provided information retrieval and other services supporting product toxicology/safety evaluations, regulatory affairs and research. Editor, Medical Bulletin, the company's internal safety and regulatory affairs current awareness bulletin; online database searching; developed the company's first worldwide chemical (processing and ingredient) registry; and document indexing.

Bio-Conversion Laboratories, Riverdale, MD
Chemist, 1974-1975
With a start-up natural products chemical specialty company, established the chemical inventories, conducted library research, and performed bench scale synthesis.

Publications (partial list; over 12,000 pages in print):

Professional Activities

Organizations: Primary membership affiliations (often a member of multiple divisions/sections):

  • American Chemical Society, Divisions of Chemical Information and Biochemical Technology
  • Special Libraries Association, Pharmaceutical and Health Technology Division
  • Patent Information Users Group (International Society for Patent Information)
  • American Society for Microbiology

Capital Area Biotechnology Information Network (CABIN), 1988-1990 - founder and Program Chairman for this local biotechnology information users group; organized 3-4 meetings annually, each attended by 25-50 persons.


Rittenhouse Award, 1978, Medical Library Association, Best Graduate Student Paper, "Bibliographic Analysis of the Literature of Government-Regulated Chemical Carcinogens: Patterns Predict Future Federal Regulation."

Misc. skills: have developed and maintained my own Web sites and online databases since 1994; Web page composition (HTML); database programming, particularly using Filemaker Pro with Lasso cgi; printed page/book layout using InDesign; MS Word; Macintosh computer use and maintenance (35+ years)