As Chief Scientist at SiO2 Medical Products, Dr. Weikart is responsible for managing both internal and external R&D initiatives, including collaborative studies at domestic and international universities, customers and research organizations. He oversees the company’s innovation strategy and the development of new technologies for novel, but practical solutions for customer-centric problems. Dr. Weikart works closely with the scientific advisory board and technical consultants for launching new technical initiatives. He also works closely with the intellectual property department to provide technical support for patent filings and trade secret preservation. He is the technical ambassador and spokesman at conferences, regulatory bodies and with customers. Dr. Weikart earned a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He worked in Central Research at the Dow Chemical Company for 12 years in various R&D, engineering and leadership roles. Dr. Weikart earned a Six Sigma Black Belt.