Dr Wayne Best has more than 35 years of experience in organic chemistry both in academia, government and industry.
Dr Best obtained his BSc (Hons) and PhD in Organic Chemistry from The University of Western Australia. He then spent two years at Imperial College in the UK where he obtained a DIC, followed by a year at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Dr Best took up a position with ICI Australia’s Research Group in Melbourne for four and a half years which included a secondment to ICI Agrochemicals’ in the UK. Following ICI, Dr Best returned to Western Australia and spent ten years at the Chemistry Centre (WA) where he was responsible for the formation and running of the Medicinal & Biological Chemistry Section which undertook collaborative R&D into drug discovery and contract synthesis for the drug discovery and pharmaceutical industries.
Dr Best founded Epichem, a construct drug discovery company where he is the managing director. He was also a director for several listed and unlisted biotechnology companies.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Adjunct Associate Professor at Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.