Green Chemistry Global Adoption: Its challenges, advances and opportunities -Neelam Vaidya and Jose Castanon -05/24/2016 - 8:30am

Event Information
Event Topic: 
Green Chemistry Global Adoption: Its challenges, advances and opportunities
Event Date: 
05/24/2016 - 8:30am
Event Location: 
Sunnyvale City Council Chambers, 456 West Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale
Speaker Information
Event Speaker: 
Neelam Vaidya and Jose Castanon
Event Speaker Title: 
CEO and Marketing Executive
Event Speaker Company: 
ViridisChem Inc.
Event Speaker Bio: 

Neelam Vaidya is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years’ experience in both high-tech and bio-tech industry. In 2014, Neelam and Rahul Vaidya cofounded ViridisChem Inc. with the mission to develop a portfolio of software solutions that will provide all the information and analysis capabilities scientists would need to practice “green chemistry” within their everyday research, that will result in environmentally friendly product development processes that are greener, safer, and economical. To enable this goal, the company has built in-house and proprietary
- chemical database with over 60 million chemicals,
- citation database with over 20 million citations and patents,
- reaction database with over 10 million reference reactions

It recently launched its first product Green Pocketbook that is being used both as an educational tool and as a reference guide by universities and industry scientists for their day-to-day research needs. It provides full chemical and toxicological profiles of chemicals, and offers “green scores” based on these properties through easy to understand visual charts. With inclusion of chemicals relevant to most industries, and by providing the most comprehensive information about chemicals in a very easy to use and understand manner, Green Pocketbook is proving to be a “must have” software solution for scientists from most industries for their day-to-day work.

In past she was the founder and CEO of a biotech company ChiroSolve, Inc. that offers products and services that define chiral resolution method for optically active and hard-to-separate chiral molecules. Neelam was also the founder of Software Company called Perfect Solutions that offered enterprise software products for high-tech industry. Before her entrepreneur career, Neelam has lead number high-profile enterprise infrastructure projects at companies like Sun Microsystems, IBM, NASA, etc. She has M.S. in Computer Science and B.S. in Chemistry.

Jose Castanon is a marketing professional with over 15 years of experience in medical technology and devices. He specializes in growth strategies and bringing new technologies to market. Prior to ViridisChem Jose was the Director of Marketing for Omnicell, where he led all North American marketing activity for the Medication Automation and Analytics business line. Jose has held commercial leadership roles at Philips Healthcare, Roche and Johnson and Johnson. He holds a BS in Biology from the University of Puget Sound and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Event Details
Event Details: 

During this 1-hour interactive session, the presenters will discuss:
- Green Chemistry Global Revolution: What is it, when did it start? Why is there a global and mandatory adoption enforced by the governments?
- Current status and advances by different industries
- Roadblocks that are stopping companies from adopting green-aware research
- Challenges and Opportunities and solutions available today
- Specific needs of different industries and how are we addressing them?
- ViridisChem Solutions
- Issues surrounding “green data” and “green scores” and relationship between toxicological data and green scores
- Green Pocketbook Product Demo