Pravin Pattekari, PhD
Industry Administration & Project Management Panel
Job Title: Senior Scientist
Current Employer: Lonza Inc.
Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA (2013)
M.S. in Molecular Science and Nanotechnology, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA (2009)
B.S. in Biotechnology Engineering, Shivaji University, India (2006)
I have more than eight years of experience in biotech industry. After Ph.D. program, I worked for Amgen, where my work was mainly focused on downstream process development of monoclonal antibodies. Later I joined a GMP facility at St. Jude Children’s Cancer Research hospital. I had an opportunity to work on various biological products including monoclonal antibodies, virus vectors, and vaccines. Currently I am working for Lonza Inc as a Senior scientist in Manufacturing, science, and Technology department. As a Subject Matter Expert, I am carrying out technology transfer activities from process development to manufacturing scale for multiple gene therapy products for of rare genetic diseases.
Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:
Process development, GLP/GMP regulations, and Biopharmaceutical science
What I love most about my job:
Being a subject matter expert for viral vectors and gene therapy products, I like to contribute on company’s growth starting from understanding lab based key biological products and implementing various bioprocesses to manufacture the biological products a large scale. This prospect gives tremendous opportunities to work with cross-functional scientific and regulatory teams.