Curriculum Vitae

Antony John Williams, PhD, FRSC

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• Experienced in senior leadership and management
• Expert at bridging science and business
• Evangelist for “Open Access Chemistry”
• Prolific author


Environmental Protection Agency, National Center of Computational Toxicology May 2015 – present
The Environmental Protection Agency is an agency of the U.S. federal government which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment. The National Center for Computational Toxicology (NCCT) is the largest component of EPA’s Computational Toxicology Research Program. It was established in 2005 to coordinate computational toxicology research on chemical screening and prioritization, informatics and systems modeling.

Royal Society of Chemistry May 2009 – May 2015
The Royal Society of Chemistry is one of the world’s pre-eminent scientific societies and acquired the ChemSpider platform to provide access to chemistry data to the public. At the RSC as Vice-President of Strategic Development my role included hosting ChemSpider, providing strategic direction in regards to the implementation of Cheminformatics tools and supporting the development of semantic markup technologies.

ChemZoo 2007 –2009
Pre-revenue, 6-person volunteer staff, based in Raleigh, North Carolina.
President of ChemZoo (
ChemZoo was the original host of ChemSpider. ChemSpider is an Open Access website established with the intention of creating a structure centric community for chemists. The website delivers access to almost 25 million unique chemical structures.

Advanced Chemistry Development (ACD/Labs) 1997 – 2007
150-person scientific software company, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Ten years as the leader of the management and leadership team reporting directly to the president and shareholders. During this period the software product suite was expanded from 6 applications to over 50 individual modules. Gross revenues were increased by over a factor of 10.

VP of Scientific Development and Chief Science Officer (2004-2007)
Primary leadership role in company for setting vision and defining execution strategies. Management of the individual line managers for sales, marketing, product management, customer services and fulfillment. Direct management of three product lines. Primary responsibility for identifying strategic collaborations.

VP of Scientific Development and Marketing (2001-2004), Business Development and Marketing Manager (2000), Senior Product Manager (1997-2000)
Responsibilities included: Establishing vision and managing the product management and design and implementation team for chemistry-based software products including spectroscopy processing and management (NMR, MS, IR, UV-Vis), structure drawing, physicochemical property prediction and nomenclature generation. Project lead for a web-based sample management Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). Technical consultant to sales staff and customers for all ACD/Labs software; Worldwide on-site consultant for software; Responsible for establishing and maintaining collaborative partnerships and relationships. Managed second line managers in marketing communication and technical support staff.

Eastman Kodak Company 1992-97
Billion dollar company, managing team of 10 staff, based in Rochester, New York
Management of 7 professional NMR spectroscopists and 2 technicians. Management of multiple laboratory facilities ($3.2M budget) including operation and support of nine NMR spectrometers Co-designer of a web-based LIMS system for managing research samples and data within the Analytical Technology Division of Eastman Kodak. Support of Kodak spectroscopy needs including research, scale-up and manufacturing support. Established worldwide NMR team including cross divisional and geographical boundaries (including Europe). Developed, maintained and documented a collaborative 2016 partnership with Varian NMR Instruments for a period of five years (delivered over $1.2 million cost savings to Kodak during this time). Present teaching courses in NMR spectroscopy to Kodak research staff. Provide an environment appropriate to teamwork and development of group dynamics. Publication of research in peer-reviewed journals and internal to Kodak. Perform and guide research to maintain state-of-the-art NMR capabilities across Kodak worldwide. Adjunct faculty member at University of Buffalo, Medicinal Chemistry department.

NMR Facility Director, University of Ottawa, Canada  1990-92
Postdoctoral fellow, National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada
Studies: Applications of Single Crystal Electron Paramagnetic Resonance  1988-90

• NC-ACS Distinguished Lecturer of the Year award 2016
• Jim Gray Award for eScience (info)
• Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
• Morris Ranger Undergraduate scholarship (1983)
• University of London Bourne Medal for best Chemistry Thesis (1988)
• Shell Research Award Grant (fully funded PhD)

• Adjunct Professor – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
• Adjunct Professor – North Carolina State University, Raleigh
• Journal of Cheminformatics Editorial Board
• Pharmaceutical Research Editorial Board
• Kudos Advisory Board
• Member, American Chemical Society, 1999-2016. Division of Chemical Information Chair, 2013-2014
• Member, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2007-2016
• Member, Society of Toxicology, 2015-2016

PhD, Department of Chemistry, University of London, United Kingdom 1988
Thesis: Applications of High Pressure NMR to the Studies of Alkyl Chains
BSc Hons I Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Liverpool University, United Kingdom, 1985
Thesis: NMR Studies of Electron Exchange in Vitamin E Related Systems

ARTICLES: Book author, Patented, Peer Reviewed Publications, Public Speaker

• 2 patents granted
• Book author: Practical Interpretation of P-31 NMR Spectra and Computer-Assisted Structure Verification; Collaborative Computational Technologies for Biomedical Research

• >180 publications and book chapters
• >450 Lecture presentations at conferences
• >50 poster presentations at conferences

• • Memberships: RSC, ACS, SOT and IUPAC
• Interests: Exercise (running, weight training), Avid reader, Writing, Theatre
• Editorial Boards: Pharmaceutical Research, Journal of Cheminformatics, Cell Chem
• Reviewer: Springer, Royal Society of Chemistry, ACS, Wiley and Elsevier journals
• Adjunct Professor: UNC Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University
• Advisory Board Member, Kudos (, Citrine
* Past advisory boards: Materials Project at LBNL

List of Publications

List of Presentations


United States Patent  6,040,129

Godleski ,   et al.  March 21, 2000
Photographic emulsion having an improved speed, photographic element containing said emulsion, and method
A photographic emulsion comprising dispersed in a binder sensitized silver halide grains wherein the emulsion is sensitized from an organometallic compound of formula: wherein M is a metal selected from the group consisting of lead, tin, boron, bismuth and thallium, each R is independently an alkyl group, a cycloalkyl group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic group, an alkenyl group or a alkynyl group, each X is independently halogen, hydroxy, or alkoxy, n is 1 to 4 and m is 0 to 3, with the proviso that when M is lead or tin, n is 1 to 4 and m+n is 4, when M is boron or bismuth, n is 1 to 3 and m+n is 3 and when M is thallium, either n is 1 and m is 0, or n is 1 to 3 and n+m is 3.
Inventors:  Godleski; Stephen A. (Fairport, NY), Dickinson; David A. (Brockport, NY), Williams; Antony J. (West Henrietta, NY)
Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company (Rochester, NY)
Appl. No.:  09/288,900
Filed:  April 9, 1999
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United States Patent  5,576,432

Lok ,   et al.  November 19, 1996
Process for the manufacture of dihydropyrimidines
A process of preparing a dihydropyrimidine compound of the structure (I): I wherein R.sup.1 and R.sup.2 are bonded together to form an aromatic or heterocyclic ring, which may be substituted or unsubstituted, or are individually selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, or a substituted or unsubstituted aliphatic, carbocyclic, or heterocyclic group; R.sup.3, R.sup.4 and R.sup.5 are individually selected from the group consisting of hydrogen or a substituted or unsubstituted aliphatic, carbocyclic or heterocyclic group; and X represents the atoms necessary to form a 5 or 6 membered heterocyclic ring, and is selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulfur, selenium, II wherein R.sup.6, R.sup.7, and R.sup.8 are individually selected from the group consisting of a substituted or unsubstituted aliphatic, carbocyclic or heterocyclic group; comprising combining a compound (A) of the structure: ##STR3## wherein X, R.sup.1, R.sup.2, R.sup.3, R.sup.4, R.sup.5, R.sup.6, R.sup.7, and R.sup.8 are as previously defined, with a catalytic amount of a Group 11 or 12 metal cation catalyst at a temperature of less than about C. and in the presence of an organic solvent, to form compound (I).

Inventors:  Lok; Roger (Rochester, NY), Williams; Antony J. (Rochester, NY)
Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company (Rochester, NY)
Appl. No.:  08/363,148
Filed:  December 23, 1994
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A method of encoding chemical information into a symbol, like a bar code, is provided such that the generated symbol represents the chemical structure information. A processor can be used to generate a string that describes chemical structure information. The string can then be sent to a homogenizer, which creates a standardized data format. The standardized data format can then be passed to a symbol generating function, which creates a symbol that encodes the chemical structural information. A scanner can then be used to decode the symbol, revealing the chemical structural information.

Inventors: Antony Williams, Ian Dugdale, Valery Tkachenko
Current U.S. Classification: 702/22; 707/999.102
International Classification: G06F019/00; G01N031/00; G06F007/00; G06F017/00
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