R&D Process Development Scientist-Biochemical Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 11/7/2018

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Apex life sciences is recruiting for a Process Development Scientist-Biochemical Engineer for a direct hire permanent position with a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company here in the Pittsburgh area


The R&D Process Development Scientist-Biochemical Engineer will develop manufacturing processes for cell-based products using appropriate cell culture methodologies. This person will work closely with the Research and Development department to scale up processes discovered by R&D to concentrate, formulate and otherwise modify the existing product. The Process Development Scientist will work as part of a team consisting of R&D scientists and Manufacturing to scale-up bioreactor technology, identify and assess alternative large-scale cell culture technologies and address potential improvements in the existing systems. All work supports the goal of technology transfer to the manufacturing department for cGMP manufacturing.


• Develops cell manufacturing methods, including scale-up, yield optimization, and control strategies for anchorage dependent cells.

• Develops protein purification/concentration processes of complex biological solutions.

• Develops and/or assist in the development of drug delivery formulations.

• Develops alternative methods to remove and/or inactivate viruses in biological solutions.

• Designs, executes, and analyzes experimental results to define process variability and critical process parameters.

• Writes formal development reports for use in FDA regulatory submissions.

• Authors formal technology transfer plans for the transition of processes and methodologies to the manufacturing department.

• Maintains current training on client’s manufacturing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), practices, and specifications.

• Cultures and evaluates new cell line as candidates for future production.

• Assists and/or takes responsibility for troubleshooting and root cause analysis when necessary.

• Maintains proper documentation of all experimental procedures and results.

• Prepares presentations of ideas, data, conclusions, processes, and outcomes for discussion with team.

• Works closely with the R&D and regulatory departments to achieve company goals.

• Scales-up cell culture processes.

• Explores alternative methods of scalable, cell culture processes.

• Troubleshoots ongoing manufacturing processes.


• Experience growing and maintaining primary, anchorage-dependent anchorage-independent cells

• Experience with instrumentation for assessing growth rates and quantitating the viability and health of cells

• Experience scaling-up cell culture and investigating various cell culture technologies

• Experience with cell culture instrumentation; e.g., oxygen and pH controllers and off-line analysis of metabolic parameters

• Maintenance of sterile culture conditions

• Creation and evaluation of biochemical and chemical assays

• Experience with or basic understanding of requirements for interdepartmental technology transfer

• Aseptic technique and proper handling of human tissue and cell specimens

• Working knowledge of statistics regarding experimental design, analysis and presentation

• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, graphing software, statistical software, and presentation of data

• Scientific report writing

• Keen understanding of protein biochemistry and analytical techniques

• Understanding of microbiology, virology and other adventitious agents

• Working knowledge of cellular transfections and molecular biological techniques

• Familiarity with development and commercialization of biologic products

• Insight to proprietary approaches to research


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