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Product Development

Location:
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Posted:
May 19, 2017

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Objective

To use my skills and experience formulating and developing innovative and effective therapeutic products and processes

Education

****-**** - ********** ** ***** Island, Providence, RI

●M.S. Medical Laboratory Science/ Biotechnology 2011

●B.S. Clinical Laboratory Science 2009 (3.88 GPA)

●Biotechnology Manufacturing Certificate 2009

Skills

●Separation of chemical compounds using chromatographic methods including AKTA technologies, GC, UF/DF and depth filtration methods.

●Nutraceutical formulations, capsule, softgel, capsule-in-capsule, sublingual and fast dissolving film

●Formulation and product development of gel matrix capsules and edible sublingual wraps

●Quality control methods and strategies in large scale manufacturing environments, facility and product inspection and analysis, developing and submitting quality reports, investigating and reporting on product or facility issues.

●Microbiological techniques, including cell culture, cell counting and identification

●Familiar with biotechnology equipment and methods such as Tecan, PCR, ELISA, electrophoresis, bioreactors, blot techniques and microarrays

●Extraction of chemicals from plants, fungi and animal tissue

●General laboratory skills, such as aseptic technique, titrations, preparation of media, buffers and solutions; filtration, basic scientific calculations, SOP’s, cGMP’s, cGLP’s

●Use of photospectrometer, refractometer, viscometer, pH /conductivity, osmometer, turbidimeter

●LIMs, ELN, Unicorn, Excel, Power Point, HTML, Open Office, Word

Related Work Experience

January 2017 – Present @ Bristol Myers-Squibb- Associate Scientist (Downstream Process Development contractor with Townsend and associates)

Preparation of carry through process in scale up. Chromatofocusing. Process characterization and validation of Process steps using AKTA avant chromatography

Trouble shooting and maintenance of laboratory equipment including AKTA equipment, pH meter, micro balances, pipettes

Buffer prep, equipment calibration, Dropsense analysis, Nanodrop analysis, pH and conductivity titrations and analysis, filtration, use of LIMs and ELN

October 2016 – January 2017 @ AbbVie - Technical Operations Downstream Biologist III (Contractor with US Tech Solutions)

●Process characterization study verifying and modifying Pro A downstream processes for a novel oncological therapeutic

●Scale up runs for both Pro A and SP Sepharose resins, Buffer prep

●Large and small scale Depth filtration studies (DOHC and XOHC)

●Bench scale UF/DF studies, final formulations and prep for conjugation step

●Implemented daily calibrations for all pH and conductivity meters

●Buffer prep (gravimetric), Solo UV, Spectrographic protein analysis, Column packing

March 2016 – October 2016 @ Bristol Myers Squibb –Process Development Associate Scientist (Contractor with Townsend & associates - 6 month contract)

●Responsible for successfully locking down the Protein A step in the downstream purification of a novel monoclonal antibody against cancer to be scaled up to manufacturing, utilizing AKTA avant and AKTA pilot; Completed Buffer studies for robustness and effectiveness within specific parameters

●Process characterization and validation of Process steps using AKTA avant chromatography

●Wrote up tech transfer documents for Pro A Process Characterization methods

●Trouble shooting and maintenance of laboratory equipment including AKTA equipment, pH meter, micro balances, pipettes

●Buffer prep, equipment calibration, Dropsense analysis, Nanodrop analysis, pH and conductivity titrations and analysis, filtration, use of LIMs and ELN

April 2015 – Present @ Ardent Llc –Nutraceutical Scientist (Formulations, Product Development).

●Developed and engineered two novel nutraceutical products which garnered much acclaim within the industry culture for its ingenuity, utilizing gel matrix and sublingual delivery methods

●Developed working and model prototypes of novel delivery products, the “half-cap” gel matrix delivery system and fully edible, all natural, sublingual “wraps”.

●Developed over two dozen nutraceutical formulations; prepared sourcing and pricing for manufacture (standard capsule)

●Produced Product Reports reflecting scientific data, conceptual data and financial data for said products

●Utilize my many years’ experience in development and promotion of nutraceuticals to the next level by participating in an emerging industry. Promote wellness and enhanced health services to those suffering from qualifying conditions, by developing accurate dosing, novel delivery and associated health programs.

●Goals continue to be centered around preparation and develop of herbal extracts and natural products into a variety of usable forms (tinctures, alcohol free tinctures, paste, oils, teas, capsules, tablets, fast dissolving films, etc) within growing and emerging industries

August 2013 – January 2015 @ CVS Foxboro, MA -Vitamin Consultant

(1st Vitamin Consultant ever hired by CVS in all of the North East Quadrant)

●Use my experience and expertise to help CVS (a top 13 fortune 500 company) develop and test this position based on experiences and interaction within the confines of a new store concept to determine the viability of this concept in their market

●Increased sales by double digit percentages within weeks of starting my position

●Work with the pharmacy and serve as a intermediary between customers and the pharmacy regarding nutritional supplements

●Educate customers about nutritional supplements, answer questions and concerns

●Provide frequent feedback to corporate headquarters regarding customer feedback, sales, marketing and strategy for the new store concept and department concept

June 2012 – November 2012 @ Amgen, West Greenwich RI – Sr.Process Development Associate

● Integral member of the process development team at Amgen in the resin re-use study, quantifying the viability of purification resins

●Aided in the assessment and qualification of the resins used to purify protein products over time

●Integral part of the filtration methods team and the product stability project

●Technical support assisting in the execution of bench scale experimentation for the development, optimization and tech transfer of purification steps including Chromatography, Nanofiltration, and Downstream Filter operations.

●Assist in review, analysis, and interpretation of scientific data and results

●Aided in buffer preparations and development of SOP's

●Assist with general upkeep of the laboratory and calibration of laboratory equipment.

September 2011 –May 2012 @ URI - TA Introductory Chemistry and Biochemistry

●Developed schedule of tests, quizzes, labs and practicals.

●Maintained accurate records of grades, attendance, and participation of students

●Implemented academic and safety standards as required by university administrative protocols

●Assisted students with laboratory procedures, answered questions, corrected papers and led by example

June 2011-August 2011 @ Brown University - TA Stem Cell Bioengineering & Biochemistry

●Monitored students performing various laboratory projects, including cell dissociation, neoblast identification, TLC chromatography, saponifications, titrations, and aided students in project completion, preparation of lab products and reagents, animal husbandry (planarians)

August 2010 - June 2011 @ UNIVAR USA, Providence RI - Head Chemical Quality Technician

●Gas Chromatography analysis

●Optimized bleach filtration methods

●Rewrote entire available SOPs

●Test manufactured and recycled company products to assure product quality and composition

●Used laboratory equipment to analyze, measure and test chemicals to ensure product Quality Control

●Procured GC system upgrade, researched options, determined appropriate model, parts and accessories, improving system production, processes, accuracy and report quality

●Preparation of specimens, slides and solutions

●Performed calculations and routine tests

●Prepared and translated Certificates of Analysis and Toxicological reports

●Maintained accurate records, stocked laboratory supplies

●Cleaned and maintained laboratory equipment

●Safety Committee member

Other Work Experiences

December 2012 – August 2013 @ Quinns Pest Control Service – Pest control specialist

Develop logistics plan as to best meet the needs of clients

Develop pest control strategies for clients and implement strategies

Procurement, application and mixture of chemicals for pest control services

November 2003 – May 2012 @ Nature’s Goodness, Middletown RI – Sales Clerk Nutrition Sales

●Organized, maintained and stocked store inventory

●Assisted customer’s in choosing products, answered questions and concerns

●Attended frequent trainings to learn latest developments in the industry

●Responsible for cash register drawer

November 1999 – November 2003 @ The Mind's Eye Gift-shop, Newport RI – Owner

●Developed and implemented business plan, marketing strategies, store layout

●Sourced vendors for unique and well-priced resale products

●Set up sales, special events, book signings

●Organized, maintained and stocked store inventory

●Assisted customer’s in choosing products, answered questions and concerns

●Responsible for accounting, accounts payable, cash register drawer

●established and maintained contractor and vendor relations

February 1998 – May 2000 @ Wild Oats Market, Las Vegas NV & Framingham MA – Nutrition Manager

●Organized, maintained and stocked store inventory

●Assisted customer’s in choosing products, answered questions and concerns

●Attended frequent trainings to learn latest developments in the industry

●Managed 5 employees; schedule; payroll

Internships

●University of Rhode Island - Kingston, RI - Laboratory technician

●Pharmacognosy Lab - HPLC method development, column chromatography, thin layer chromatography, development of foam fractionation methods, stability and degradation studies of Rebaudioside-A, development of fast dissolving films

●Cell Culture Lab - Extraction and dissection of chick embryos, maintaining fibroblast culture, preparing media for cell culture (Delbeccos Modified Eagles Medium, Medium 199, solid agar media with additives), identification of protozoa, bacterial and fungal culture.

● Also, micropropagation techniques of Sarracenia leucophylla, seed and embryo dissection, cell dissociation, nodal extraction and propagation, use of plant hormones, aseptic technique.

●Research in Microbiology Foray San Ignacio Belize Summer 2008 - Studied microorganisms of local water supplies and random soil samples. Led forays into lowland swamps, urban drainage and nearby ancient archeological sites. Identified known microorganisms (including infectious amoebas), possibly discovered two new species of Voriticella. Prepared and presented Power point presentations of findings.

Organization Affiliations

●Boston Mycological Club

●North American Mycological Association

●International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE)

●American Chemical Society

●Alpha Sigma Lambda



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