Senior Scientist, Cell Therapy Process Validation - Innovative Gene Therapies - Menlo Park
Menlo Park, California, United States
Cell Therapy Operations
Location: Menlo Park, CA
Reporting to: Associate Director Cell Therapy Operations
Orchard Therapeutics, Ltd. is a biotechnology company incorporated in September 2015 and dedicated to bringing transformative gene therapies to patients with serious and life-threatening rare diseases. This an exciting opportunity for a well-qualified candidate to join a rapidly growing international company focused on transforming the lives of patients through innovative gene therapies.
The Senior Scientist, Cell Therapy Process Validation will lead activities for development, scale up, optimization, and validation of Orchard Therapeutics’ innovative gene-modified cell-based therapeutic products. Such activities will include process development, process characterization, cell therapy intermediate and final drug product formulation and stability evaluation, raw material evaluation, process scale-up / scale-out, and validation of manufacturing processes and controls to support company’s product programs from pre-clinical research through to commercial.
- Lead development, scale-up, optimization, characterization, and validation of cell isolation, cell culture, cell transduction and cell cryopreservation processes to include:
- Design and execute studies and protocols to support process development and characterization of cell therapy intermediate and final drug product formulation.
- Support activities to validate manufacturing at contract manufacturing organizations including stability evaluation, raw material evaluation, process scale-up / scale-out, Leachable and extractable assessments, residual clearance assessments, and process validation per relevant regulatory guidance.
- Compile, review and edit master production records, standard operating procedures, development/validation protocols and reports
- Lead FMEA risk assessments for cell therapy manufacturing processes
- Provide SME review of executed batch, records, test records and associated documentation for release of gene-modified cell therapy products. Support investigations.
- Co-ordinate activities with the research, pre-clinical development, QA, QC, clinical development and commercial departments to ensure the successful achievement of company timelines and milestones
- Prepare protocols and reports for prospective qualification and validation activities
- Ensure the successful execution of activities performed between departments and company designated collaborators and CMO’s
- Prepare CMC / CTD documents for regulatory filings with US and EU regulatory agencies, experiment with BLA and MAA submissions preferable.
- Other activities as may be assigned
The ideal candidate for this position must have experience in the development, manufacture and delivery of cell-based therapy products with significant applied experience in the biotechnology industry. Candidate must possess:
- Experience designing and executing process validation experiments using statistical multi-parameter design methods such as DOE
- Experience performing FMEA risk assessments
- Experience completing modern process characterization incompliance with regulatory guidance for quality by design
- Experience managing process development and validation in support of GMP operations though contract manufacturing organizations
- Experience preparing documentation for regulatory filings with US and EU regulatory agencies, BLA and MAA experience preferable
- Experience with the set-up and technology transfer of manufacturing processes and controls at international CMOs
- In-depth knowledge of FDA, EMA, GMP and ICH regulatory requirements
- International travel required in support of CMOs.
Education & skills
- PhD in Biomedical Engineering or equivalent with at least 5 years of postdoctoral industry experience in bio-processing, medical technology, or biological sciences with a primary focus on the development, manufacture, distribution and delivery of cell-based or biologic therapy products. Experience in lieu of advanced degree will be considered
- Proven personnel and project management skills
- Outstanding organizational skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to operate in a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary industrial environment
- Experience of GMP cell processing production equipment operation and validation, including IQ, OQ & PQ a plus
The successful candidate will enjoy a competitive base salary and the opportunity to participate in incentive compensation programs, including a stock option plans. Orchard Therapeutics, Ltd. offers a comprehensive benefits program, including: medical, dental and vision care; paid vacation and holiday time; access to a voluntary 401(k). Orchard Therapeutics is an equal opportunity employer.
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