Donald Wellings is the owner and founder of SpheriTech Ltd based in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK. He has been performing laboratory to process-scale peptide synthesis for over 30 years and has a track record spanning careers in ICI, Zeneca and Avecia. He was responsible for the design, build, validation and commissioning of the cGMP facilities at Zeneca/Avecia for peptide synthesis.
He is a regular speaker at international conferences and is the author of ‘A Practical Handbook of Preparative HPLC’, published by Elsevier in 2006. He is also the main inventor on 16 patents relating to solid phase synthesis, polymer chemistry and reactor design.
SpheriTech was founded in 2009 to provide a consultancy-based business and laboratory-based resource for contract R&D and IP development. The company has a portfolio of IP related to the design, applications and manufacture of polymers and polymer particles for a range of applications including chromatography, solid phase synthesis, biocatalysis and regenerative medicine.
Don is an internationally recognised authority on peptide synthesis, polymer particle design and chromatography. He is the author of numerous texts and book chapters and is the author of ‘A Practical Handbook of Preparative HPLC’. With a track record of innovation he is the main inventor on 12 patents and the sole inventor on all patents filed by SpheriTech to-date.
Apart from the inventive nature exemplified by published intellectual property Don has been instrumental in the concept, design, building and launch of equipment for batch-wise and continuous flow based solid phase synthesis over the last two decades. More recently Don has intruduced new concepts in biotechnology based applications of continuous reactors which will be published in due course.
Don has recently contributed to this article on Strategies for Optimizing Peptide Synthesis for The Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News.