President of Kalexsyn Inc. to be next speaker in WMU’s Entrepreneurship Series

KALAMAZOO–The co-founder, president and chief scientific officer of Kalexsyn Inc., Dr. Robert Gadwood, will be the next speaker in WMU’s Haworth College of Business Entrepreneurship Forum. Gadwood will speak at 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, in 2150 Schneider Hall. The free event is open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (269) 387-6059. Free parking is available.

Kalexsyn Inc., a contract research laboratory specializing in solving chemistry problems for pharmaceutical and biotech companies, is involved in research to find new medicines for use in various therapeutic areas such as infectious diseases, cancer and diabetes. Kalexsyn has successfully
defined itself as a company that can solve difficult problems and has distinguished itself from competition both in the U.S. and abroad.

Prior to founding Kalexsyn, Gadwood held the position of associate director of medicinal chemistry at Pharmacia where he supervised a staff of 19 chemists who worked on multiple projects in both the infectious diseases and central nervous system therapeutic areas. Gadwood joined Upjohn in 1986 and remained with the company until the Pfizer acquisition in 2003. Prior to working in the pharmaceutical industry, he was an assistant professor of chemistry at Northwestern University (Ill.). Gadwood received his B.S. from Marquette University (Wis.) in 1974 and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1978. He has 42 publications and 18 patents.

As co-founder, Gadwood has been with Kalexsyn since its formation in 2003. Since then, the company has grown to a staff of 37 employees with a customer base that includes both small and large companies located in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Kalexsyn has received the following honors and awards:

  • Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010 for the Michigan and Ohio region
  • Best Small Business of the Year in 2004 from the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center

Entrepreneurship Forum is a monthly series hosted by WMU’s Haworth College of Business to bring stories of entrepreneurial success to the greater Kalamazoo community.

Editor: Cindy Wagner
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