Vittorio Farina received his early education in Italy, and obtained a Ph.D. degree at the University of Alberta (Canada); he studied further at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York) as a postdoctoral associate. He has worked for over 35 years in the pharmaceutical industry, both in discovery and process development. He has held positions of increasing responsibility at Bristol Myers Squibb (USA), BoehringerIngelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (USA), and Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Belgium), and has recently founded Farinachem Consulting GmbH, a consulting firm providing process development advice and support to API developers. Dr. Farina has published over 120 papers in the fields of organic chemistry, catalysis and process development, several books and book chapters, and is listed as inventor in over 20 patent families. Dr. Farina is on the advisory board of Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, Organic Reactions, and the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, as well as on the board of the International Symposium of Homogeneous Catalysis and the Ischia Advanced School of Organic Chemistry. He has held several visiting professorships: most recently he has received an appointment at the University of Torino, Italy. He is also on the faculty of the M.S. program “Process Development in the Pharma Industry” offered by the University of Milano, Italy. Dr. Farina is a founding member of ISPROCHEM, an international school of process chemistry held yearly in Gargnano sul Garda (Italy). Dr. Farina’s main expertise is the field of chemical process development, the invention and industrialization of new routes to active pharmaceutical ingredients, and the study and practical applications of transition-metal catalysis.