Michal Lebl_ awardee presentation

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					Michal Lebl , Ph.D.
Senior Director of Automation
Illumina, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Jouan Robotics Awardee Plenary
Speaker: Monday, February 3, 2003
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Dr. Michal Lebl earned his M.S. in Organic Chemistry from University of Chemical Technology
(VSCHT) in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1974. From 1974 he worked at the Institute of Organic
Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences and he defended his
Ph.D. degree there in 1978 and D.Sc. in 1992. In 1991, he resigned from his position as head of
the department of peptide chemistry to join the startup company Selectide (the first
combinatorial chemistry based company), as a director of chemistry. In 1996, he joined
Houghten Pharmaceuticals (later known as Trega Biosciences) to develop high throughput
synthetic automation, where he worked as senior director of automation.
In 1999, he joined Illumina, Inc. as senior director of automation. Additionally, in 1993 Michal
started Spyder Instruments, Inc - a company dedicated to commercialize parallel synthetic
centrifugation technology which he had developed while in Prague and licensed exclusively to
Spyder. The further development of this "tilted centrifugation" technology was funded by NIH
phase I and phase II SBIR grants. In 2000, Spyder was merged with Illumina, Inc. As a result of
his pioneering efforts in peptide chemistry and automated synthesis, Dr. Lebl is the recipient of
several other awards, the most prestigious being the Leonidas Zervas Award of the European
Peptide Society.
Dr. Lebl has authored more than 250 manuscripts and is the inventor on more than 50 patents in
chemistry, combinatorial chemistry and synthetic automation. He serves on the editorial board of
Molecular Diversity (co-Editor in Chief), Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, and Collection of
Czechoslovak Chemical Communications. He is a member of the American and Czech Chemical
Societies, a member of the Association of Laboratory Automation (ALA), and he serves on the
Scientific Committee of ALA. He has co-authored several books and his software Peptide
Companion is installed on hundreds of computers worldwide.

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