Drs. Johannes (Jan) Velterop
Jan was originally a marine geophysicist (Universities of Leiden and Utrecht, The Netherlands), but has been a science publisher since 1976 (Elsevier, Academic Press, Nature, BioMed Central, Springer – at the latter four as a director).
He has a track record of innovative approaches to scientific information exchange, evidenced by, for instance, the original country-wide site licence, IDEAL, and his involvement in the genesis of the publishing model of ‘Gold’ Open Access.
A current innovation he is engaged in is ‘Nano-Publication’, an effort to extract the ‘needles out of the haystack’ of traditional scientific literature by making the essential knowledge statements that are ‘buried’ in articles, into machine usable, findable, interoperable, citable and creditable small publications in their own right, thereby facilitating a much more efficient knowledge exchange than what traditional papers alone can offer.
This methodology/technology is being applied in AQnowledge for connecting commercial products with scientific concepts in a highly granular and precise way. Velterop holds a doctorate degree in Geology from Leiden University.
John has over 15 years of experience in client focussed business development in both the B2B and STM media sectors. He has held senior management and directorship roles, is a proven team leader and has an award winning track record in building revenues.
Recently he was Global Head of Display Advertising with Nature Publishing Group – publishers of nature magazine and hosts of nature.com. It is through this role that he was able to develop a close relationship with the suppliers of equipment and materials in the STM sector.
His key skills include strategic and operational revenue focussed activities, business development, strategic partnering, key account management/development and all aspects of sales management. John holds a BA Degree in Psychology, Economics and German from University College Dublin and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management.
Senior Scientific Advisor and Head of Utopia
Steve Pettifer is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Manchester where he leads the Advanced Interfaces Group. His interests lie in the areas of distributed systems, computer graphics, human/computer interaction and visualization.
His current research involves the application of semantic technologies to the design of user interfaces, with a particular focus on improving access to scholarly publications and biochemical data.
Scientific Data Advisor
Lee received his B.Sc. (Biochemistry) from the University Of Manchester, UK and Ph.D (Epigenetics & Gene Therapy) from the University Of London, UK. Lee has over 15 years of experience leading informatics within major Pharma. His experience spans data management, integration & warehousing, vocabulary & ontology, text-mining, competitor intelligence, knowledge and information management, data mining, bio- & chemo-informatics and software development. He is currently the CTO of the Open PHACTS project (http://openphacts.org) and CEO of SciBite Limited (http://scibite.com), two novel drug discovery intelligence portals.
Research Assistant and Software Developer
Since graduating from the University of Manchester in Computer Science Alec Tunbridge has worked as a development team-leader for a range of companies.
Specialising in Enterprise Java he has experience of both large consultancies and smaller private firms. Much of his work has involved server applications handling high volumes of text-messages.
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