Director - Cell Culture, Product Development in Cranbury Township, NJ at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 8/9/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Position Responsibilities:

  • Interface with cell and molecular biology team with development approach and strategy.
  • Serve as subject matter expert related to upstream process development including all process and manufacturing related activities such as risk assessments, characterization, investigations, regulatory interactions, and project team requirements.
  • Build a high performing group focused on execution, data analysis.
  • Mentor technical and junior staff to understand technical and regulatory requirements for process development.
  • Support upstream process control strategy for monoclonal antibodies manufacturing processes.
  • Oversee the execution of upstream process characterization studies.
  • Support tech transfer to manufacturing through authoring and change management of process descriptions (TTPs)
  • Plan and conduct experiments to define upstream manufacturing process parameters or optimized media formulations.
  • Establish and qualify appropriate scale-down models to support process characterization
  • Collaborates effectively within Process Development as well as with Manufacturing, Quality Control, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs.
  • Evaluate opportunities for improving process robustness or reducing Cost of Goods through process optimization
  • Lead development of 2nd generation processes for implementation post-approval
  • Author appropriate CTD sections for submission to regulatory agencies, including premarket notification submissions, premarket approval applications, and post-marketing submissions
  • Build department of scientific excellence to enable prosecution of mAb biosimilar pipeline as well as other projects that may be assigned
  • Represent the Company before EU and FDA regulatory authorities


  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Life Sciences or equivalent

Qualifications and Skills

  • 10+ years progressive industry experience with biologics late phase process development and validation
  • Experience in biotechnology drug development, with clear understanding of CMC requirements
  • Ability to support and effectively multi-task different and complex assignments and responsibilities
  • Understand, identify, mitigate, and communicate risks at the program level
  • Experience with development of mammalian cell lines along with knowledge of filtration principles and capacity determination
  • Experience in authoring a BLA/MAA which resulted in approval and marketed product support
  • Experience with statistical methodologies such as DOE, process control charting, multivariate analysis
  • Experience with mAbs or similar biologics manufactured utilizing single-use technology is strongly desired
  • Strong understanding of Quality by Design and Risk Management
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and the ability to interface effectively with analytical, process, and business development, manufacturing, sales and marketing, and administration
  • Due to international nature of the tasks, fluency in written and spoken English
  • Good conceptual, analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills – must be detail-oriented, well organized and able to work independently and in teams
  • A “hands-on” energetic individual who enjoys challenges, a quick pace, and is capable and dedicated to getting the job done
  • Well-organized and accustomed to changing priorities and maintaining excellent records

For immediate consideration, email your resume to with the subject 'Director- Cell Culture, Product Development'


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