Javier Magano was born in Madrid, Spain. He received a BS degree in organic chemistry from Complutense University in Madrid and an MS degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan. After working for the oil industry in Spain for several years, he obtained an MS degree in rubber and polymer science at the Center for Advanced Scientific Research in Madrid. After moving back to the USA, he joined the early process chemistry group at Pfizer in 1998 in Ann Arbor, MI, where he spent 9 years developing scalable processes for the preparation of drug candidates. In 2007, he moved to Groton, CT to continue his work as a process chemist and, during this period, he also worked in the area of biologics for 1½ years on the preparation of linkers for bioconjugation processes. Javier currently holds a position in the Chemical Technology group at Pfizer, where he is involved in the applications of high-throughput screening to transition metal-catalyzed cross-couplings. His research interests also include the development of catalytic processes that employ non-precious metals in cross-coupling reactions.