Florent Samain, Ph.D, is currently running the DNA-Encoded Chemical Library Laboratory at Philochem AG, a Swiss subsidiary of the Philogen Group. He is aiming at the development of small organic ligands against protein targets of interest (e.g. Tumor targeting for imaging and drug delivery purposes). He received his Ph.D in Organic Chemistry from the University of Bern in 2008 working with Prof. Robert Hner in the field of non-nucleosidic modified oligonucleotides. Florent then went on to study as a Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Eric Kool at Stanford University where he focused on the synthesis of DNA-based polyfluorophores and the development of volatile organic compounds sensors. In 2011, he moved to Zurich University to work with Prof. Dr. Nathan Luedtke, where he worked on the metabolic labelling of DNA by purine analogs.