Lu Ann Sidney - Lu Ann Sidney, Principal Consultant, Market Reseacher and Product Development Expert

Principal at LNS Consulting Services



Current location

United States

Work category

Pharmaceutical and Science



The recipient of a doctor of philosophy in organic and polymer chemistry from the University of Maryland at College Park, Lu Ann Sidney, PhD, has dedicated her professional life to radiation- and polymer-related work. With a focus on radiation chemistry, polymer characterization, and thin-film coatings, Sidney has earned five U.S. patents and multiple records of invention. Since 1996, when she founded LNS Consulting Services in Chanhassen, Minnesota, Lu Ann Sidney, PhD, has offered her insights on matters ranging from analyzing competitive patents and sourcing resins to choosing materials for medical equipment and identifying customers at trade shows. Her most recent projects involve market research on new additives for food products and developing background information for a proposed new program for a local university. Lu Ann Sidney contributes to Concordia College, Moorhead, and to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in St. Paul. One of her greatest interests is international travel.

Lu Ann Sidney's Professional Experience

1996 - Present

LNS Consulting Services - Principal

Providing expertise in the selection of materials for medical devices, electron beam and gamma radiation processing, manufacturing problem solving, and project management. Other services include competitive patent analysis and sourcing of specialty chemicals and resins. Examples: 1) Worked with several start-up medical product companies to determine possible radiation sterilization conditions for their protein or tissue products; 2) Managed a large analytical testing program of ink jet printer inks for a patent infringement case; 3) Investigated a dimensional stability problem with an engineering thermoplastic for a client in the IC chip industry; 4) Conducted several market research projects to analyze the medical device market in Minnesota. My most recent assignments included market research into new food additives and research in support of the development of a new program for a local university.

Key Skills
market research patent analysis Project Management Radiation Processing and Sterilization
1999 - 2001

Ion Beam Applications (IBA) - Senior Materials Specialist

Provided product and radiation processing development support to IBA's Advanced Materials Division. Worked directly with customers to develop radiation processing capabilities. Assisted customers in designing experiments to investigate radiation processing. Managed radiation processing projects at IBA facilities. Provided guidance about materials compatibilty to sterilization customers. Developed and managed key programs to map temperature and dose in gamma and electron beam irradiated polymer powders for several large customers. Part of a team of engineers in the commissioning of a 10 MeV electron beam accelerator. Developed and implemented an analytical test plan to identify and quantify contaminants on a scrap polymer before and after irradiation.

Key Skills
Dosimetry Materials Selection Project Management Radiation sterilization
1999 - 1999

Fargo Electronics - Materials Scientist

Developed a new type of laminate for plastic ID cards. Managed an engineering team to develop a mechanism to apply the laminate to cards. Worked closely with Fargo's laminate vendors to solve quality and manufacturing problems. Delivered prototype perforated laminates on cards within two weeks of receiving the project assignment. Solved two major laminate and thermal transfer quality problems. Received US Patent on the perforated laminate work.

Key Skills
engineering Product Development Research and Development
1994 - 1996

DataCard Corporation - Principal Polymer Chemist

Developed a new protective coating for plastic ID cards. Researched the characteristics of clear and holographic thermal transfer films. Worked with film vendors to improve quality and consistency. Developed covert and overt security devices for ID cards. Brought the protective coating project from laboratory to commercial-scale coating operations in six months. Solved a major printer ribbon sticking problem.

Key Skills
film ID Cards printer Product Development Security Devices
1992 - 1996

Nippon Fine Chemical - U.S. Representative

Responsible for U.S. Liaison Office operations. Performed market research to identify customers for metallocene catalysts Analyzed patent and business activities of customers and competitors. Conducted interviews with key chemical industry contacts to gather information about activities, pricing, and strategies. Developed profiles of small chemical businesses in the U.S. for possible joint ventures. Sourced and exported specialty chemicals and materials to Japan.

Key Skills
1986 - 1992

3M Company - Research Specialist

Developed new radiation cured fluoroelastomer compositions. Invented a new radiochromic dosimeter film to measure electron beam, gamma, and high intensity UV radiation. Scaled up film coating process. Participated on several multi-functional product development teams. Characterized the mechanical and chemical properties of cured fluoroelastomers. Prepared and presented an overview of these properties to several U.S. and European customers. Scaled up the coating process for dosimeter films to pilot plant equipment. Prepared a business plan for dosimeters which included an analysis of the dosimeter industry, market size, growth, distribution channels, strategy for commercialization, profiles of competitors and distributors, and a P & L statement.

Key Skills
Business Development Product Development Radiation Processing Technical Presentations Thin Films

Lu Ann Sidney's Education and Qualifications


PhD/Doctorate - Organic and Polymer Chemistry/

University of Maryland


Bachelor/Degree - B.A.

Concordia College

Lu Ann Sidney's Additional Information




One of my greatest interests is international travel. I have a strong affinity for both France and Japan. I love to garden and I have a Norwich Terrier named Sidney.


American Chemical Society and American Society for Testing and Materials