Jon has a background in in organic chemistry: synthesis, isolation, and structural elucidation. He completed his masters (1972) and PhD (1976) in Carotenoid Chemistry with professor Liaaen-Jensen at the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim, before attending the University of California, Berkeley for a two year postdoc with professor Henry Rapoport on indole alkaloid synthesis. After he made a second postdoc at the ETH, Zürich in prebiotic Chemistry with professor Albert Eschenmoser. After three years working on homogeneous catalysis at SINTEF in Trondheim he established his first company, Chiron Laboratories, in 1983. Jon has extensive experience in project planning and development and have led his companies and numerous international projects to successful results. The current company Chiron AS is involved in the production of certified reference materials (CRMs) for petroleum, environmental, food safety, and toxicology analysis, as well as the scale up of key compounds.