Dr. James A. Saunders

Dr. James A. Saunders is an advisor to the company on plant genomics, natural product plant biochemistry, gene transfer, extraction technologies, hybridization, DNA finger printing and other areas. Between 1977 and 2003 Dr. Saunders served as a Plant Biochemist with the United States Dept. of Agriculture in Beltsville Maryland, in the Tobacco Laboratory and Drug Crops Laboratory, among other assignments focusing on the chemistry and medicinal effects of secondary natural plant products especially those found in Tobacco, Cannabis, Opium Poppy, Coca and Chocolate crops. Between 2004 and 2011, Dr. Saunders was Director, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics and Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, and Department of Chemistry, at Towson University. Subsequently, he was Chairman of the Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society.