Dr. Michael Goetz obtained his Ph.D at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland. After a postdoctoral stage at Cornell University, where he worked with Drs. Jerry Meinwald and Tom Eisner, he joined the Merck Research Laboratories staff in New Jersey. He was a member of the basic research / drug discovery effort at Merck for 28 years, most recently as Director, Natural Products Chemistry, and has served as Area Head, Chemistry at the Fundacion Medina research facility in Granada Spain. Dr. Goetz is the author or co-author of over 75 chemistry publications in the field of Natural Products. He continues as Consultant at Fundacion Medina and is Director of the Natural Products Discovery Institute at IHVR.