Ronald Smith, PhD

Merck Research Laboratories

Ronald L. Smith, Ph.D., is Scientific Associate Vice President of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Merck Research Laboratories leading the Exploratory Products & Technologies group. Dr. Smith joined Merck in 2008 as Executive Director of Pharmaceutical Research and was most recently Head of Product Value Enhancement.

Prior to Merck, Dr. Smith led Exploratory Biopharmaceutics & Drug Delivery at Bristol- Myers Squibb Company and began his career with the Procter & Gamble Compan leading the research and product development of enabling technologies for intranasal, buccal, mucoadhesive and transdermal drug delivery. Dr. Smith is a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and served as past-Chair of the Pharmaceutics & Drug Delivery Section of AAPS and the Board of Scientific Advisors for the Controlled Release Society. He has held Adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy and the School of Pharmacy at West Virginia University and received his degrees in Chemistry from West Chester University (BS) and the University of Iowa (PhD).