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Anthony Nicholls

Anthony Nicholls

Chief Executive Officer

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Anthony Nicholls

Chief Executive Officer

Anthony Nicholls is from Plymouth, England, home to what used to be one of the worst soccer teams in the nation. He studied Physics at Oxford after which, looking for something different, he joined the Institute for Molecular Biophysics at Florida State University. There he studied quantum dispersion of excitations in biological systems with William Rhodes and football with Bobby Bowden. He earned his Ph.D. in biophysics in 1988 and began a post-doc with Barry Honig at Columbia University, New York. There he re-wrote the electrostatics program Delphi and wrote the widely-used graphics software GRASP. Owning and controlling rights to neither, he listened to the wisdom of Dave Weininger, founder of Daylight C.I.S., and left Columbia in 1997 to found OpenEye in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His chief desire is to have the work ethic of his father who, in 1996, retired as the longest serving postman in England (48.5 years).

A. Geoffrey Skillman

A. Geoffrey Skillman

Chief Scientific Officer

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A. Geoffrey Skillman

Chief Scientific Officer

Geoff Skillman graduated from Stanford with a degree in Chemistry in 1990. His herculean efforts at UCSF earned him a Ph.D. with Tack Kuntz in 1999 (Structure-Based Design of Combinatorial Libraries) and an M.D. in 2000. Geoff enjoys fishing, biking and relaxing with his family. He was also one of the OEChem authors, wrote Omega 1.8, Filter, QuacPac, the LexiChem Plugin and now Brood. He is now in charge of scientific research at OpenEye, which just goes to show that no good deed goes unpunished.

Bob Tolbert

Bob Tolbert

Chief Technology Officer

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Bob Tolbert

Chief Technology Officer

Bob Tolbert received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the United States Naval Academy in 1983. Upon graduation, he entered Nuclear Power training and served as an officer aboard submarines in the U. S. Navy for ten years. Bob earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1997 from the University of Idaho where he worked with W. Dan Edwards studying the theory of atoms in molecules as applied to homoaromaticity. In 1998, Bob joined the Information Technology group at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where, as a Senior Principal Systems Engineer, he was responsible for all aspects of computational chemistry and cheminformatics. In 2002, Bob ran away to join the circus. And the circus was glad to have him. Now ringmaster to the plethora of OpenEye products, Bob continues the high-wire act of programming and managing those who program. Who said the circus was supposed to be fun?

Jeffrey Grandy

Jeffrey Grandy

Chief Commercial Officer

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Jeffrey Grandy

Chief Commercial Officer

Since joining OpenEye in 2007 Jeff has held positions of increasing responsibility spanning sales in the western United States, growth in emerging markets, software partnerships, marketing, business strategy and the transition to Software-as-a-Service. He now leads the Commercial Team which comprises sales, marketing, partnerships, and scientists dedicated to ensuring the success of OpenEye customers and growth of the business. Prior to OpenEye he worked in market development and sales roles at Invitrogen (now part of ThermoFisher) commercializing human protein microarrays; Tripos (now part of Certara), an early leader in computational chemistry; and in chemical analysis at Dionex (now part of ThermoFisher). Originally trained as a geochemist (BA Geology, Macalester College; M.S. Geology, Washington State University), he managed to make the unlikely yet homophonic switch from rocks to ROCS®. Jeff lives in San Francisco but travels regularly to Santa Fe to get his green chile rations, oh, and visit HQ.

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