BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Bigwood is a Ph. D. chemist with 8 years of industrial research, 5 years of R&D management and 15 years of consulting experience related to polymer technology. As a research manager, Dr. Bigwood led the product, process and applications development effort of the world's largest ion exchange resins manufacturer. In that management function, he was also involved in the business planning process. Dr. Bigwood also worked with a broad range of polymer technologies to develop strategic technology plans for a $3B dollar R&D organization. This combination of business experience and scientific skills allows him to propose solutions to problems that are not only technically sound but also economically viable and consistent with clients' capabilities and business objectives. Dr Bigwood has provided expert witness services in two cases, one involving polymer synthesis and one involving the performance of a polymeric material. These activities included the preparation of seven expert reports or declarations, two depositions and one testimony. Polymer Phases has completed one laboratory project in support of a legal case. A set of patent examples were reproduced, the results compared with those claimed in the patent and an opinion developed based on our findings. The project was captured in a final report. Overview of Polymer Phases, Inc.: Our expertise revolves around free radical and condensation polymerization and the use of the resulting products in a wide variety of applications in the separation, petrochemical and biopharmaceutical industries We provide design, synthesis and scale-up of products based on emulsion, dispersion or suspension free radical polymerization based on a broad range of monomers such as styrene, acrylic and methacrylic esters and other functional vinyl monomers. Our expertise also includes chemical modification and functionalization of pre-formed polymers. Our understanding of the impact of the chemical and physical characteristics of these resins on their performance in applications such as ion exchange, analytical and preparative chromatography (LC, HPLC), solid phase extraction (SPE) catalysis, solid phase synthesis and combinatorial chemistry allows us to help you select the best product for use in water treatment, waste water applications, waste minimization, drug discovery, purification of biologically active substances, controlled or sustained release, supported reagents and scavengers, polymeric adsorbents, etc.