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Meet the workshop leaders

Find out more about the experts that will be leading the 2022 Extractables & Leachables online workshops.


Paul Cummings | General Manager at Smithers

As general manager, Paul directs the Smithers analytical services lab located in Akron to support extractables and leachables studies for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and food industries. Paul and his team also provide chemistry support to Smithers' existing analytical and physical testing laboratories.

Expertise: Analytical Services

Paul's specialty areas of expertise include mass spectrometry with a significant background in small molecule structure elucidation. He also has extensive experience in extractables and leachables and other areas of packaging testing such as container closure integrity.

Paul brings over 35 years of experience in chemistry and leadership in the pharmaceutical industry. Most recently he was a Research Fellow and Manager of Trace Organic Analysis for Intertek Pharmaceutical Services. He has also worked at West Pharmaceutical Services, Drugscan, GlaxoSmithKline, and Merck.

Qualifications and Accreditations

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Old Dominion University and a Master of Science Degree in Analytical Organic Chemistry from Villanova University. He also served his country in the United States Army.


Keith Scott | Senior Project Manager at Smithers

Keith is part of Smithers’ Extractables and Leachables (E&L) and Chemical Analysis consultancy team in the UK. He has been working at Smithers for 39 years and with E&L for over 15 years.

Keith began being involved in managing E&L studies in 2003. In 2007 he became a commercial manager responsible for the Medical and Pharmaceutical sector, developing profitable relationships with new and existing clients to retain business and expand sales.

In January 2018 he took up a Senior Project Manager role in the Extractables and Leachables (E&L) and Chemical Analysis consultancy team providing technical leadership for analytical testing services to external and internal clients and acting as subject matter expert on the design and delivery of technical packages of work.


Keith has a BSc in Chemistry, and an MPhil (Lancaster). 


Dr. Candice Bellis | Project Manager at Smithers

Candice is part of Smithers’ Extractables and Leachables (E&L) team at Shawbury in the UK. She has been working for Smithers for 6 months so far and has been learning as much as possible about E&L. 

Candice has completed a PhD in oral nanoscience at the University of Bristol. She began her work career as a technical specialist in the healthcare industry, particularly supporting laboratories in the NHS and private sector before moving into the chemical sector as a technical sales manager.


Candice has a BSC (Hons) in Biomedical Materials Science and a PhD in Oral Nanoscience.