Sean Taylor, PhD
Managing Director [email protected]
Sean Taylor is a chemist by training, receiving a B.S. in chemistry from Penn State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University in organic chemistry. As he continued his studies in chemistry, he realized that he also really liked biochemistry and biology, so after completing his Ph.D. he moved to Switzerland and took a position as a postdoctoral fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, where he studied directed evolution and design of enzymes involved in shikimate biosynthetic pathways.
After four great years in Switzerland, enjoying both his research and the opportunity to hike in the Alps, he moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he was an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Ohio State University, leading a research group studying natural products biosynthesis and function. Dr. Taylor enjoyed teaching and research, but one day he was in his office, grading mid-term exams, when he received a call regarding an interesting position working at the intersection of science and regulatory policy. Dr. Taylor made the jump to the private sector, and the jump from Columbus to Washington, DC. Since arriving in Washington more than nine years ago, Dr. Taylor has worked with the color additive and flavor industries as the Scientific Director of the International Association of Color Manufacturers (IACM), and as the Assistant Scientific Director and Scientific Director of the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA).
Dr. Taylor is currently a Managing Director of Verto Solutions, LLC. His current work with the flavor industry is as the Scientific Director of the International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI) and as the Scientific Secretary to the FEMA Expert Panel. In these roles, Dr. Taylor focuses on the use of sound science—including chemistry, toxicology, and other related areas—to support ingredient safety. He and his family live in Rockville, Maryland.