Off-The-Bench Career Options for Chemists – It’s Possible!

Off-The-Bench Career Options for Chemists – It’s Possible!

Live From Philly – An ACS Webinar’s Special Event

The world is your oyster but you are stuck at the bench. Is it time to re-think your career? The skills you obtain as a BS/MS/PhD scientist are valuable, but not only in traditional science jobs. Did you know that your science training and skill set can open doors to business, law, public policy, and writing? Join Dr. Dave Harwell, ACS Careers, as he moderates this discussion with our panel of scientists as they describe how traditional skills are more easily applied to alternative careers than you think!



Event Details

Tuesday, August 21

10:30-11:30 AM ET

Join Virtually: Register below

(or if you are attending ACS National Meeting, join in-person at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Lobby A Bridge, next to Hall A/B)


Meet your Experts


Robert J. Koch is a partner resident in Milbank’s Washington, DC and Munich, Germany office and a member of the firm’s Litigation Department, where he specializes in Intellectual Property matters. Mr. Koch is recognized as one of the nation’s leading biotech and pharmaceutical patent attorneys and is known for his leadership in a number of the landmark cases in the field. He has more than 40 years of experience in patent and other complex Intellectual Property litigation, including several landmark cases of pioneering biotechnology breakthroughs, revolutionary medical devices, and blockbuster pharmaceuticals. Mr. Koch began his career as a professional chemist prior to becoming a patent examiner in the high polymer arts at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He served as a scientific adviser on intellectual property issues at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany during the formation of the European Patent Convention. Mr. Koch received a B.S. in Professional Chemistry in 1968 from the University of Detroit and a J.D. in 1973 from the Catholic University of America.


Dr. Mike Bigwood, with Polymer Phases Inc., is a physical organic chemist with industrial research, research management and technical consulting experience relating to the design and development of polymeric materials. He has applied this knowledge to the development of novel products and processes in water and waste water treatment, chromatography, bioprocessing, catalysis and solid phase synthesis.



David Wolf earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Drexel University.  He currently works  in forensic analysis and instrumental analysis of drugs at the Philadelphia Police Chemistry Laboratory.  David also serves as an expert witness in drug analysis.


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