Dr Best has over 35 years’ experience in organic chemistry and the biotechnology sector. He obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Western Australia. He then spent 2 years at Imperial College in the UK where he obtained a Diploma of the Imperial College (DIC), followed by a year at the Australian National University in Canberra. He then moved into industry with a position at ICI Australia’s Research Group in Melbourne. Following ICI, Dr Best spent 10 years at the Chemistry Centre (WA) where he was responsible for the formation and running of the Medicinal & Biological Chemistry Section which undertook collaborative R&D into drug discovery and contract synthesis for the pharmaceutical industries. In 2003, he founded Epichem Pty Ltd, Australia’s leading contract chemistry research company, where he remains as Non-Executive Chairman. Dr Best is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Western Australia. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and served as Chair of the WA Branch of the industry body AusBiotech for two years.