Kim Albizati joined Molecular Assemblies in 2018 as vice president of chemistry and biochemistry. Prior to this position, he was involved in a number of large and small San Diego companies starting in 1993, including Pfizer and Agouron Pharmaceuticals, a San Diego area biotech success story.
He stayed with this latter company through two mergers and, as executive director of chemistry, he built a 70-person department with capabilities in process development, chemical engineering, automation and robotics, high-throughput screening, computational chemistry and intermediate scale drug production. In the mid-1990’s he created the first dedicated group in the pharmaceutical industry to use enzymatic biotransformations in chemical process development. This group gained an international reputation in the industry and in academic circles for its innovations in high-throughput enzyme screening, solvent effects in enzyme chemistry, process computational chemistry and manufacturing process development. These successes led to the founding of two biotechnology companies based on enzyme development and use on pharmaceutical and agrochemical manufacturing. More recently, Dr. Albizati was the senior director of chemistry, manufacturing and controls at Dart Neuroscience.
Dr. Albizati has also had a long career in academics. He obtained a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at UCLA in 1983 and performed postdoctoral work in the chemistry of the marine environment at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He moved from Scripps to the Department of Chemistry at Wayne State University in 1985, where he built a nationally funded, diverse research group, achieving tenure in 1992. He has co-authored over 70 publications including two books, several book chapters, review articles and patents. He left Wayne State in 1993 to return to his roots in California, taking a visiting professor position at UCSD starting in 1993, and served as a lecturer in the department from 2012 – 2016. He has been associated with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSD for over 20 years.