Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry


Chris Lawson

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76 years old
Reading UK
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I sold Glycomix Ltd to Carbosynth Ltd in 2016 and now work for Carbosynth as Scientific Director Biopolymers with the specific task of setting up a polysaccharide division in the company.  We have just completed a 'Toolbox' covering polysaccharide classification, applications, extraction/purification, structural analysis (primary, secondary, tertiary) and a review section covering polysaccharides from plants, algae, lichens, microbes, fungi and animal tissues.  This includes also a catalogue of polysaccharide products.

I formed Glycomix in 2007 following the successful sale of Dextra Laboratories, now a wholly owned subsidiary of New Zealand Pharmaceuticals and bring many years of experience to the management of chemistry and the life sciences. As joint founder of Dextra Laboratories I was a director of the team that developed Dextra into a seriously successful Glycobiology company with a catalogue of key research carbohydrates and a specialist custom synthesis business focussed on sugar chemistry.

As a senior research manager at Tate & Lyle Research I helped to bring a number of important projects to market including Xanthan Gum and Sucralose. I was also in the research team lead by Professor Sir Dai Rees in Edinburgh that demonstrated how polysaccharides form networks and highly organized structures in living tissues which have had enormous significance in the food and life science industries.

In the science of carbohydrates I have a particular interest in the chemistry of carbohydrate polymers with over 30 papers, books and patents to date.

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