IMG 7807 edited-3Keith T Taylor BSc. PhD. MRSC

Keith obtained his grounding in chemistry at the University of Kent at Canterbury where he was awarded a BSc in chemistry. He then went on to research the solution photochemistry of nitro compounds for his PhD thesis. At the University of Kent he became intrigued by the power of computer systems and particularly their use in real-time systems. Following his PhD he moved on to University College Cardiff as a postdoctoral fellow where he pioneered the use of soft ionization techniques for structure elucidation of intractable substances. Mass spectrometry was evolving rapidly and he moved to the drug metabolism department of Reckitt & Colman where he developed assays for opiates and other drugs in biological samples. He then moved to Kratos Analytical as an application scientist in the mass spectrometry division. At Kratos he progressed rapidly through laboratory management, product management, international sales, and international sales management.

By the late 1980s it was obvious that mass spectrometers had become a demanding signal generator for a high performance computer system and that soon they would be perceived as a single unit. At this point he decided to move into chemical information and joined MDL (UK) Ltd as an account manager. Subsequently he moved to the New Jersey office of MDL and later to California where he took on the management of the MDL's cheminformatics suite of products. He also drove the development of the MDL Electronic Lab Notebook. Following the acquisition of the company by Symyx and later by Accelrys, he was responsible for the development and commercialization of many innovations in chemical representation. These include Accelrys' Enhanced Stereochemistry, the Self Contained Sequence Representation extension to the molfile format, and more recently extensions for Markush representations, and the representation of organometallics, in particular a rigorous haptic bond representation.

During his last two years at Accelrys he took on the gargantuan task of unifying the Pipeline Pilot and MDL chemistry engines into a harmonized system with one representation and behavior. The result is one chemistry throughout Accelrys products.

Over the years he has authored and contributed to numerous publications in photochemistry, drug metabolism, mass spectrometry, ELNs, and cheminformatics. He chaired the 2011 International Conference on Chemical Structures (ICCS, Noorwijkerhout), is an advisor to IUPAC on chemical structure issues, and leads the InChI project on biological structures. Keith has presented at numerous conferences, events and seminars in over ten countries covering all areas of his expertise.