Title: Chief Executive Officer
Company: Ocean Publications
Location: Longboat Key, Florida, United States
Robert Z. Gussin, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at Ocean Publications, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pharmacology.
Originally intending on delving into pharmacy, Dr. Gussin soon realized he preferred medical research and sought to dedicate his life to scientific research in drug interactions and development. Commencing his career as a research pharmacologist at Lederle Laboratories in 1967, a role he held for two years, he continued with the laboratory as a group leader in the department of cardiovascular renal pharmacology for four years. Thereafter, he served McNeil Laboratories as the executive director of research, vice president of the research division, vice president of research and development, and vice president of science affairs between 1974 and 1986. Subsequently, he held the role of corporate vice president and chief scientific officer at the prestigious Johnson & Johnson for 14 years. He concluded his tenure in pharmacology in 2000.
Since 2006, Dr. Gussin has been the chief executive officer of Oceanview Publications, a publishing company dedicated to the distribution of mystery, thriller and suspense novels. Since its inception, the company has published more than 200 books by 75 authors, many of which went on to achieve success on Amazon.com. During this time, he co-authored with his wife, Patricia Gussin, “What’s Next for You? The Gussin Guide to Big Changes, Big Decisions and Big Fun” in 2009. He has also written “Trash Talk” in 2006 and, much earlier in his career, “Introduction to Cardiovascular Pharmacology” in 1976. Most recently, he and his wife received the Thriller Legend Award from International Thriller Writers in July 2018. During his tenure in pharmacology, he was also a member of the editorial board of New Drug Evaluations, Drug Development and Pharmacotherapy. In light of his exceptional undertakings in pharmacology, he received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 1996, which he cites as a career highlight.
To prepare for his career, Dr. Gussin pursued formal education at Duquesne University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and Master of Science in pharmacology in 1959 and 1961, respectively. He subsequently went on to receive a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Michigan in 1965, followed by postdoctoral coursework at SUNY Syracuse Medical Center from 1965 to 1967. He has maintained membership with numerous organizations in order to remain abreast of developments within the field, including the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the American Society of Nephrology, the American Federation for Medical Research, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Heart Association, among others.
When he is not involved in the sciences or in publication, Dr. Gussin spends his time tending to his two vineyards located in Marlborough on the southern island of New Zealand. One of his vineyards overlooks the Pacific Ocean in the Awatere Valley, while the other vineyard is situation on the “Golden Mile” in Blenheim, the heartland of Marlborough wine country. Harvesting sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, his wine is purchased through the Villa Maria Estates Winery, the most prominent winery in New Zealand.
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