Steve Poehlein is currently Principal at Elixir Pharma Consulting LLC. He is passionate about leveraging excellence in science and engineering to drive high levels of compliance and efficiency into manufacturing plants and organizations. With this in mind, Dr. Poehlein formed his consultancy shortly after retiring from Merck & Co., Inc. in late 2012. Steve left Merck as Vice President of Global Technical Operations at Merck & Co., Inc., and was responsible for the Technical Operations function at all of Merck Manufacturing's small molecule pharmaceutical and chemical supply plants worldwide. He also oversaw technical support to all external suppliers to Merck of APls, formulated and packaged products. For 25 years, Steve has held a variety of management positions with Merck. Steve became Director of Technical Operations at the Flint River plant and later at the Stonewall, VA, plant, directing engineers and scientists on various projects, including development and start-up of new processes, developmental research, environmental initiatives, factory automation and control, and factory support and troubleshooting. In 2000, Steve was appointed Senior Director of Pharmaceutical Technical Operations responsible for the formation of a new organization to support manufacturing and packaging of in-line final dosage forms globally. Steve holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University.