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Jaco Minnaar, Analytical Specialist, Timmerman Analytical, RSA
Jaco Minnaar, Analytical Specialist, Timmerman Analytical, RSA

Jaco Minnaar obtained his MSc in Biochemistry in 2000 from the North-West University in South Africa. Jaco has 15 years extensive experience in research and laboratory management in the Agriculture, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Clinical Biochemistry, Food and Beverage and Pharmaceutical fields. Jaco Minnaar has strong background in ISO/IEC 17025 environments and is familiar with cGLP and cGMP Guidelines and has acquired hands on experience in operation, calibration and validations of sophisticated analytical instruments such as CE, HPLC, GC, GC-MS/MS, High Resolution MS/MS, FT-IR, Near Infrared (NIR) and other Spectroscopic Techniques.

Jaco Minnaar founded Timmerman Analytical in 2006 with the main objective to promote the use of multivariate data analysis and design of experiments (DoE) in South African Academic, Research and Private Industries.

Hussain Ali
Hussain Ali

Hussain has a M.Sc in Applied Statistics, M.Phil in Quality Control and an MBA in Marketing. He has more than 10 years of experience in data and image analysis in applications of biostatistics, clinical research, market research, quality control, climate science, Analytical R&D and more. Hussain’s expertise as an applied statistician enables him to identify and adopt the statistical methodologies most suitable for various applications and industries. His strengths include analytical thinking and creative problem solving skills.

Hideyuki Shinzawa
Hideyuki Shinzawa

Hideyuki Shinzawa has an M.Sc in Agriculture, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kobe University, Hyogo Japan and is currently a Candidate of D. Sc in Chemistry, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Hyogo Japan

Hideyuki Shinzawa has been exploring his skills in Near-infrared spectroscopic instruments, Infrared spectroscopic instruments, Raman spectroscopic instruments and Programming with Matlab language. He also has research interests and projects to his credits

  • Investigation of calibration algorithm based on Genetic Algorithms and it's application
  • Investigation of calibration algorithm based on kernel function and ensemble learning methods
  • Investigation of spectral analysis technique based on Two-dimensional Correlation Spectroscopy
  • Structural analysis of fatty acid with NIR and IR spectroscopy with Self-Modeling Curve Resolution (SMCR)
    Chemical imaging, multivariate analysis of functional materials
  • Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) analysis with chemometrics

List of Publications (authored or coauthored)

  • Effect of the window size in moving-window two-dimensional correlation analysis, J. Mol. Struct., 799, 28-33 (2006)..
  • Effect of Band Position Shift on Moving-Window Two-Dimensional Correlation Spectroscopy, J. Mol. Struct., 799, 16-22 (2006).
  • Computational Simulations and a Practical Application of Moving-Window Two-Dimensional Correlation Spectroscopy, J. Mol. Struct., 799, 111-120 (2006).
  • Perturbation-Correlation Moving-Window Two-Dimensional Correlation, Appl. Spectrosc., 60, 398-406 (2006).
  • Multi-objective Genetic Algorithm-based Sample Selection for Partial Least Squares Model Building with Applications to Near-Infrared Spectroscopic Data, Appl. Spectrosc. 60, 631-640 (2006).
  • A New Method for Spectral Data Classification: Two-way Moving Window Principal Component Analysis (TMWPCA), Appl. Spectrosc., 60, 884-891 (2006).
  • Investigations of bagged kernel partial least squares (KPLS) and boosting KPLS with applications to near-infrared (NIR) spectra, J. Chemometric., in press.
  • Effect of Cholesterol and Other Additives on Viscosity, Self-diffusion Coefficient and Intramolecular Movements of Oleic Acid in the Liquid State, J. Phys. Chem., submitted.
  • Self-Modeling Curve Resolution (SMCR) by Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO), Anal. Chim. Acta, submitted.
  • Robust Curve Fitting Method for Optical Spectra by Least Median Squares (LMedS) Estimator with Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO), Appl. Spectrosc., submitted.
Dr. Narinder Singh Sahni
Dr. Narinder Singh Sahni

Dr. Sahni is a chemical engineer and received a Ph.D. in Applied Statistics with a focus on statistical process control (SPC) and Multivariate Analysis (MVA) from Institute of Technology, Trondheim, Norway. He has 10 years experience in research and development both in industry and academia, dealing with multi variate analysis related to medical diagnostics. His expertise areas include analysis of data originating from gene expression technology, proteomics and bio-spectroscopy.

He has hands on expertise on Measuring, monitoring and optimizing production processes using on/in-line implementation of Near Infrared (NIR) Spectroscopic instruments (Process Analytical Technologies).

He has held several positions including Manager Data Analysis Group, Diagenic ASA, Oslo, Norway to develop, evaluate and integrate statistical methods for analysis of gene expression data. Research Scientist, MILLS DA, Oslo, Norway, Technical in-charge of development and maintenance of calibration models for prediction of vital characteristics of several products using Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopic instrument.

He is a visiting Scholar at the Bioinformatics Center, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi India. Course taught: Microarray Informatics and also a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Food Science, Norwegian Agricultural University. Course taught: Experimental design (DoE) and multivariate data analysis(MVA).

Listed below are a few presentation/ publications made by Dr. Sahni

  • Sharma, P., Sahni, N.S., Tibshirani, R., ... Lønneborg, A., “Array based detection of cancer based on gene-expression patterns in peripheral blood cells”, Breast Cancer Research 7, 2005.
  • Sahni , N.S., Aastveit, A., and Næs, T. “In-line process and product control using spectroscopy and multivariate calibration”, Journal of Quality Technology 37(1), 2005.
  • Sahni , N.S., Isaksson, T., and Næs, T. “Comparison of Methods for Transfer of Calibration Models in NIR Spectroscopy. A case study based on correcting pathlength differences using fiber optic transmittance probes in in-line NIR spectroscopy”, Applied Spectroscopy 59(4), 2005.
  • Sahni , N.S., Isaksson, T., and Næs, T. “In-line near infrared spectroscopy in product and process monitoring in the food industry”, Journal of NIR spectroscopy, 2004.
Philip Robert Heraud
Philip Robert Heraud

Philip Robert Heraud, is a trained bio-spectroscopist, received a PhD from Monash University, Australia (Clayton Campus) in 1999. His primary interest lies in Probing living cells using vibrational micro-spectroscopy to understand their responses to the environment. In vivo IR and Raman imaging of cells and tissues, e.g. A Effects of UV radiation on respiration and photosynthesis in marine phytoplankton. Analysis of spectral data and images using multivariate and other chemometric approaches.

In 2002, he was awarded as “Luigi Provasoli” from the American Phycological Society. He has extensive teaching experience in the areas of Multivariate Analysis and chemometrics. he is Faculty of Science, Monash University taught calculus, statistics, chemistry and biology for a combined Diploma in Environmental Science/ Bachelor of Science and also Member of Education Committee in the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University.

Mr. Ramnendra Mandloi
Ramnendra Mandloi

M. Tech from IIT Delhi, Black Belt with over 14 years of industrial experience with large automotive manufacturing organizations which includes execution of process improvement using Quality Management system, Six Sigma, TQM, Automotive Core Tools application i.e. FMEA, SPC, MSA, DOE. He has been involved in training and development of people from basic system tools to six sigma & lean tools for more than 2500 peoples.

He has worked in groups like Tata, Mahindra & Mahindra, Avtec (Formerly Hindustand Motors Ltd., PUP Division), Kirloskar Brothers Ltd. He has been instrumental in getting TS 16949 for these organizations in record time with the World's Best Certifying Agencies, including holding positions as Management Representative for ISO 9001, 14001, TS16949. He is Certified auditor for TS 16949, Lead auditor for ISO 14001 and certified auditor for CII Exim Award (Business Excellence Model based on TQM model of European Federation of Quality Management).

Brad Swarbrick, Vice President of Business Development
Brad Swarbrick, Vice President of Business Development

Brad Swarbrick, Vice President of Business Development, is a pharmaceutical industry specialist for CAMO Software with over 20 years experience in the application of chemometrics techniques to spectroscopic analysers and process control systems.

He was part of the Pfizer Global Process Analytical Technology (PAT) group in Australia and developed the NIR spectroscopy and PAT programs for Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Australia’s largest pharmaceuticals manufacturer.

For the past 3 years Brad was based in Norway, during which time he helped a number of leading manufacturers realize major process and quality improvements in the pharmaceutical, agricultural, chemical and downstream oil & gas industries across Europe, North America and Asia.

Brad has a B.Sc (Hons) in Science and Mathematics, majoring in Chemometrics. He is the Chair of the Community of Practice in PAT, regional board director of the Australian ISPE (International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering) affiliate, and was a member of the ASTM E55 sub-committee on PAT.

Brad has been an invited expert speaker in a wide range of global conferences on PAT, NIR and Quality by Design (QbD), and has authored a number of whitepapers and peer-reviewed journal articles as well as the popular reference book Multivariate Data Analysis for Dummies.

In addition to his work at CAMO, Brad has recently taken the role of pharmaceutical editor for the prestigious Journal of NIR Spectroscopy.

Roger Meder
Roger Meder

Roger Meder has a BSc and MSc in chemistry from Otago University in New Zealand. He then completed his PhD with Prof Sir Paul Callaghan at Massey University (NZ) in physics, specifically magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy. He spent 16 years at the NZ Forest Research Institute where he first started using The Unscrambler (DOS v5.11) to develop PLS calibrations of IR, NIR and NMR spectra with wood quality in order to provide rapid non-destructive measurement of end-product performance.

Upon moving to Australia in 2001, he spent a brief period at Queensland University of Technology and then joined the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) where he is currently Group Leader of the Forest Genetics, Genomics and Phenomics group within CSIRO Division of Plant Industry, which is located in Brisbane and Canberra.

He is an editor of the Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy and has guest edited two Special Issues dedicated to Applications of NIR Spectroscopy to Wood and Wood Products. His current interest is the application of NIR spectroscopy to allow non-destructive, in-forest, rapid phenotyping of thousands of individuals within tree breeding trials to provide tree breeders with additional measures of wood quality (other than growth and density) to improve breeding selection.

Dr. Frank Westad, Chief Scientific Officer, CAMO Software AS
Dr. Frank Westad, Chief Scientific Officer

Frank Westad received his M.Sc in Chemistry and Data analysis in 1988, and completed his Ph.D. thesis “Relevance and parsimony in multivariate modeling” in 2000 with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His working experience over the years includes positions as Research Scientist with SINTEF, Consultant with IDT GmbH (Germany), Application Specialist with CAMO and Senior Research Scientist at the Norwegian Food Research Institute (MATFORSK) and GE Healthcare. His experience also includes numerous scientific papers, presentations at international conferences and teaching statistics, chemometrics and multivariate methods for the industry. After being a consultant for CAMO the past two years, he now holds the position of Chief Scientific Officer in the company.

Dr. Lars Gidskehaug, Product Manager, CAMO Software AS
Dr. Lars Gidskehaug, Senior Data Analyst

Lars is a specialist in multivariate analysis and chemometrics, with extensive experience in variable selection and validation. Lars received his M.Sc. in physical chemistry at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2002, and finished his Ph.D. degree entitled “Development of chemometric methods for variable selection on microarray data” at the same university in 2007.

He has worked with statistical genetics and method development at the Center for Integrative Genetics/Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Lars has published and reviewed articles in chemometrics and bioinformatics journals, as well as developing software packages for multivariate and genetic analysis.

Prof. Waltraud Kessler, Senior Data Analyst, Faculty of Applied chemistry, FH Reutlingen
Prof. Waltraud Kessler, Faculty of Applied chemistry, FH Reutlingen

Prof. Waltraud Kessler, is a trained physicist who worked several years in industry programming control systems, with the emphasis on multivariate data analysis. Several years work at the Institut fuer Angewandte Forschung at Reutlingen University, Germany, gave her the opportunity to plan and conduct research work within European Projects. Mrs. Kessler, specialized on statistical experiment planning and design and advanced techniques in multivariate data analysis and connectionist networks (neural nets), together with process control by optical spectroscopy. The results have been published in several scientific publications and industrial patents.

She started teaching multivariate data analyses and experimental design in the early nineties, in the chemistry department of Reutlingen University (Hochschule Reutlingen). In 2002, she was awarded Honorarprofessor for her engagement in lecturing, at Reutlingen University. Furthermore, the LARS-prize for excellent scripts was awarded to her by the commission of Hochschuldidaktik an Fachhochschulen in Baden-Württemberg. Her current lectures are on multivariate data analysis and experimental design in the master course program Bio- and Process analysis.

Prof. Kessler holds courses for CAMO in German, in Germany.

Prof. Pedro Rodriguez
Prof. Pedro Rodriguez, Department of Zootechnology, Extremadura University

Prof. Pedro Rodriguez, has more than 10 years experience in NIR spectroscopy and multivariate treatment of data, and has directed several doctoral theses and research works in this field.

Prof. Rodriguez holds courses for CAMO in Spanish, in Spain.

Dr. Barbara Giussani, Researcher, Laboratory of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, University of Insubria
Dr. Barbara Giussani, Researcher, Laboratory of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, University of Insubria

Barbara Giussani received a Laurea degree and a Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Insubria (Como - Italy). From 2005 she is a researcher in the laboratory of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry of the University of Insubria. She spent six months at the Chemometrics and Qualimetrics Group of the "Universitat Rovira i Virgili" (Tarragona - Spain). Her present research interests are focused on Chemometrics applied to Environmental Sciences, Catalysis and Cultural Heritage.

Dr. Giussani holds courses for CAMO in Italian, in Italy.

Gerben Mooiweer, Statistician and Sensory Consultant, Sara Lee/Coffee Tea/R&D
Gerben Mooiweer

Gerben Mooiweer graduated from the Eindhoven University of Technology, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry department. He joined Sara Lee/CT/R&D in 1977 as a technologist on coffee roasting, decaffeination, nut fryer temperature control, rice drying and various other projects focusing on mathematical modeling. In 2000 he joined the CT/R&D Sensory Services Group as Statistician and Sensory Consultant. In this job he applied design of experiments and multivariate data analysis on a wide variety of data sources like sensory data, process data, and NIR/GC/MS spectra using The Unscrambler® software.

In 1989 he started to work for 1 day per week at the Eindhoven University of Technology as university teacher in the Separation Process Technology group of the Chemical Engineering and Chemistry department. In 2000 he switched to Laboratory for Industrial Mathematics Eindhoven (LIME) as a senior consultant.

Thomas Ricour
Thomas Ricour

With a master in Chemistry, followed by a MBA in food-processing industry, he works since 2002 in the field of analytical instrumentation and chemometrics applied to MIR, NIR & RAMAN spectroscopies.

Technical director of ISITEC-LAB, he manages with his team, PAT & laboratory projects as well as the development of NIR and RAMAN databases, developed through Unscrambler for the food-processing industry, beverages, chemicals and pharma/cosmetics.

He works presently on the complete French translation of Unscrambler, which will be available soon. Thomas published some application articles in reviews as NIR New …

Valerie Lengard Almli
Valerie Lengard Almli

Valerie works as research scientist in Sensory Science and Consumer Behaviour with Nofima, and lecturer in sensory and consumer science at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) both located in Ås, Norway. She holds an MSc in Food Science and Sensometrics from ENITIAA, Nantes, France (1998) and a PhD in sensory science from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences Ås, Norway (2012). Prior to joining Nofima and UMB, Valerie worked for 10 years with CAMO as Chemometrics consultant, Product manager, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer (1998-2008). She has 15 year's experience as a course leader in multivariate data analysis with The Unscrambler. Dr. Almli holds courses for CAMO in English and Norwegian, in Norway.

Dr Geir Rune Flåten, Business Development Director, CAMO Software
Dr Geir Rune Flåten

Dr Flåten worked as part of the process engineering group at GSK, where he led the chemometrics team in model development initiatives and NIR method development for manufacturing processes.

Dr. Bård Buttingsrud, Chemometrics specialist
Dr. Bård Buttingsrud, Chemometrics specialist

Dr. Bård Buttingsrud received his MSc in physical chemistry at the Norwegian University of Science and technology in 2002 and finished his PhD thesis in chemometrics at the same university in 2007. He has worked several years for the international solar panel manufacturer REC with both research and development and as a data analyst.

He presently works for CAMO as a chemometrics specialist.

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Brad Swarbrick, Chief Operating Officer
Brad Swarbrick, Chief Operating Officer

Brad Swarbrick is the Chief Operating Officer of CAMO Software, based in the Woodbridge, New Jersey office. Brad has held roles in the company in the areas of Business Development and Product Management, successfully bringing a number of innovative software tools and solutions to market, both commercially and for customized key client projects.

Brad has over 20 years’ experience in the application of MVA and DoE methods in a wide range of industries. With many years’ experience in the application and design of Near Infrared (NIR) and Mid-Infrared (MIR) spectrometers for both at-line and in-line applications, Brad is a recognized leader in the areas of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and Quality by Design (QbD), being a former member of the pioneering PAT group at Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals.

With a key focus on sharing experiences with clients and helping them to achieve their quality and efficiency objectives, Brad is actively pursuing the development of industrial solutions that allow the collection of meaningful data, understanding the relationships within and between process operations and ultimately designing control strategies that meet client needs.

Brad holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry with honors in the area of Chemometrics. He has held numerous positions in industry committees including a Director position in the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) and is the current pharmaceutical section editor of the Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy.

Heather Brooke, Chief Chemometrician
Heather Brooke, Chief Chemometrician

Heather Brooke began her interest in chemistry at a young age when she took a chemistry mini-course in 3rd grade. She later earned a BS in Chemistry from Lander University in 2002. Shortly after graduating, she obtained a position as a lab technician at Fujifilm in Greenwood, SC. After working there for 3 years, with both chemists and engineers, she decided to apply herself to a new challenge: graduate school.

Heather worked under Dr. Michael Myrick as a Copenhaver Fellow at the University of South Carolina, earning a PhD in Analytical/Physical Chemistry in 2010. She gained teaching experience by working as a lab instructor at Lander University for Consumer Chemistry and at USC for both General and Physical Chemistry labs.

Heather´s work in Infrared Imaging has been recognized in the spectroscopy community since 2009, and was featured on CNN´s Big I and NPR´s Science Friday. She continued her research in analytical chemistry as a postdoctoral fellow at the US Naval Research Laboratory through the NRC/RAP postdoctoral fellowship program with a focus on data fusion. She then spent 2 years working in the PAT group at Merck. She is happy to have joined the team at CAMO software, and is looking forward to getting back into the classroom.

After the course I cannot stop using the Unscrambler, I'm loving it and I am getting much better results than I used to! Thanks for that!
Roberta De Bei
Post Doctoral Fellow
School of Agriculture,
Food and Wine
The University of Adelaide,
Waite Campus
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