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Ronald L. Smith

Ronald L. Smith, Ph.D., is Distinguished Scientist in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Merck Research Laboratories heading the Exploratory Products & Technologies group. Dr. Smith joined Merck in 2008 as Executive Director of Pharmaceutical Research in West Point, PA and was most recently Executive Director of Product Value Enhancement. Prior to Merck, Dr. Smith led Exploratory Biopharmaceutics & Drug Delivery at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company where he also had responsibility for drug substance and drug product stability for small molecules and biologics. He began his career with the Procter & Gamble Company leading the research and product development of several patented technologies for intranasal, buccal, mucoadhesive and transdermal drug delivery. Dr. Smith is a past-Chair of the Pharmaceutics & Drug Delivery Section of AAPS and the Board of Scientific Advisors for the Controlled Release Society. He has held Adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy and the School of Pharmacy at West Virginia University. He received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from West Chester University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Iowa.