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.

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