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Working under the direction of the Process Development (PD) Director within the Therapeutic Products Program (TPP), the PD group supports cell processing and manufacturing activities for early-stage cell therapy clinical trials, and performs technology advancement and development around selection, transduction, and ex-vivo expansion parameters of stem cells, T-cells, and B-cells. PD works closely with internal Fred Hutch investigators and external collaborators to establish processes for early phase clinical trials as well as late stage development programs that may eventually lead to commercialization. Long term objectives are to develop efficient, cost-effective, and scalable processes so that these life-saving therapies can brought to patients in need.
The Senior Process Development Associate will:
Provide technical expertise for the PD department in the design and analysis of experiments and in presenting resultant data to groups outside of the department in a succinct, well-organized and coherent manner
Identify opportunities for process improvements and champion their successful implementation
Partner with investigators in the development of processes that will meet their clinical requirements and address constraints associated with larger-scale manufacturing
Coordinate with project management and project sponsors to define the scope of development projects, including cost estimates and timelines
Partner with GMP manufacturing staff to ensure appropriate transfer of needed process and analytical information for successful clinical material production
Use strong communication and teamwork skills to build relationships with stakeholders (e.g., faculty, research staff, GMP manufacturing associates, etc.)
BS in immunology, biology, chemical engineering or related scientific field
5+ years of experience in process development
Direct experience in a process development environment supporting aseptic cell culture based manufacturing operations including 2+ years hands-on experience with B-cell/T-cell/stem cell isolation and expansion protocols
Experience with primary cells (e.g., T cells, B cells, stem cells, etc.) and their isolation from primary sources, such as tissue and apheresis (e.g., CliniMACs)
Knowledge of analytical methods to characterize processes including cell-based assays, flow cytometry, and proteomic/genomic methods; prior development/optimization of these methods highly preferred
Familiar with the resolution of issues associated with process scale-up and transfer into a GMP manufacturing environment
Experience with design of experiment (DOE) fundamentals and resultant data analysis
Ability to perform short- and long-term project planning in terms of the generation of scope of work documents and project plans, resource demands, timelines, and budget forecasting
Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, work under various timeline pressures, and drive tasks to completion
Must be able to communicate effectively in a diverse team environment in support of team goals
Must demonstrate solid time management and organizational skills, with good verbal and written communication
Experience with basic Microsoft Office Software (Word, Excel, Visio, etc.)
A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in your career or that will be made through work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.
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At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, improve treatments, and learn how to prevent cancers from growing. Although Fred Hutchinson opened its doors in 1975, its history began about 20 years before that. In 1962 Fred Hutchinson envisioned a center devoted to studying cancer, a disease that took his brother’s life. Today Fred Hutchinson is contributing to the next waves of breakthrough treatments and prevention strategies. Fred Hutchinson collaborates with the Seattle Cancer Alliance, the National Cancer Institute, and the University of Washington.