​Charles Berkoff grew up as a Cockney in London, England. After surviving "The Blitz," he entered the British pharmaceutical industry; he was fifteen at the time. Five years later, he opted to pursue an academic career, graduating from the University of London with a first-class honors degree in chemistry. He went on to receive his PhD in organic chemistry at Imperial College, University of London, in the laboratories of Prof. Sir Derek Barton, Nobel Laureate. As an authentic organic chemist, he's proud to say that he's never been treated with pesticides or fertilizers. 

Based on his scientific achievements, they told him he should go far; it became ugly when they insisted. And so he came to the United States as a Fulbright Research Fellow at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He subsequently joined the American pharmaceutical industry, spending many years as Director, Research and Development, GlaxoSmithKline, in Philadelphia, and then as President and CEO of the biotechnology company Antigenics, Inc. In the late 1980s Charles founded CEBRAL, Inc., a drug discovery and development consulting organization, where he continues to serve as president and CEO.

Charles enjoys duplicate bridge, cricket, competitive swimming, and tennis. As a loyal US citizen, he patiently waits to be invited to join the US Davis Cup Team. If selected, he promises to bring balls.

Charles has published more than 70 scientific papers and patents, and another 40 or so humorous pieces in magazines and online. PREMEDICATED MURDER, which is available in paperback and Kindle e-book versions from Amazon.com, and as a Nook e-book from BarnesandNoble.com, is his first novel. He has presented his novel to health groups, libraries, and book clubs, and has been featured in Sarasota’s regional newspaper, Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He was recently the first speaker on a new local television series, "Meet the Author." [YouTube: Suncoast Authors TV. Show 1]  

He lives in edenic Sarasota with his wife, Heide, their rescue dog, Landy, and his two embarrassed tennis rackets.