Ray W. Chrisman, PhD

Title: (1) Founding Member (2) Principal
Company: (1) Norse Biotech (2) Chrisman Consulting
Location: Midland, Michigan, United States

Ray W. Chrisman, PhD, Founding Member of Norse Biotech and Principal of Chrisman Consulting, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biotechnology and consulting.

Since 2017, Dr. Chrisman has served as the founding member of Norse Biotech, a company working to produce innovative, sustainable products from locally sourced biomass. Norse Biotech’s first product was Betulin, which is derived from white birch trees and protects them from sunburn in the winter. The company found a way to extract and isolate the compound. In addition, Dr. Chrisman has been the principal of Chrisman Consulting since 2012.

At Chrisman Consulting, Dr. Chrisman focuses on business development in the biotechnology area. He has worked with the Iowa Corn Promotion Board on process development for new corn products and new process technology development. Currently, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board is developing a method of converting glucose from cornstarch to ethylene glycol, a principal component of PET bottles. This would provide a sustainable source of the compound.

With decades of industry experience to his credit, Dr. Chrisman worked for the Dow Chemical Company as a chemical sciences capability development leader from 1977 to 2004. From 2004 to 2010, he was the president and chief scientist of Autodyne Technologies LLC. From 2010 to 2012, he was the scientific director of pharmaceutical operations for Gerenzano in Italy. Dr. Chrisman garnered additional experience as a senior scientist and analytical consultant for MATRIC Europa from 2011 to 2013.

In preparation for his career, Dr. Chrisman attended Manchester College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry in 1969. He continued his higher education at Purdue University, graduating in 1976 with a Doctor of Philosophy in inorganic chemistry. Alongside his primary professional endeavors, Dr. Chrisman has shared his knowledge as an affiliate professor and visiting scholar at the University of Washington.

Owing to his credentials and expertise, Dr. Chrisman was an invited proofreader for his friend’s doctoral thesis in Africa. In addition, he has contributed to numerous articles in professional journals. Across the world, he has been a speaker and presenter at meetings and conferences in his field, and for more than a decade, he co-organized the Rome Meetings for the University of Washington. Dr. Chrisman received a Small Business Innovation Research Grant, as well as grants to develop methods of metal parts manufacturing and pharmaceutical operations. In addition, he holds several patents and was named a Distinguished Science Alumni of Purdue University in 2006.

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