I.F.F. forms scientific advisory board

by Jeff Gelski
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NEW YORK — International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (I.F.F.) has launched a new scientific advisory board to provide external perspectives on the company’s R.&D. programs, raise scientific issues and opportunities relevant to its business needs, help identify appropriate research partners, provide background in specific areas and assist in the identification and development of R.&D. personnel.

“We anticipate that (the board) will give us strong competitive advantage, not only by tapping into the minds of the board members, but by leveraging their access to a global network of academics, high-level industry members and their associates,” said Doug Tough, chairman and chief executive officer of New York-based I.F.F.

Ahmet Baydar, senior vice-president, research and development for I.F.F., will lead the board. Other members include Steven V. Ley, department head and professor of chemistry at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom; Cheryl Perkins, president and founder of Innovationedge, L.L.C.; Thomas D. Sharkey, chair of biochemistry and molecular biology at Michigan State University; Leslie Vosshall, a molecular neurobiologist with experience in olfactory receptors and olfactory perception in humans and insects; and Brian Willis, former senior vice-president of R.&D. and board member at Quest Flavors and Fragrances.

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