Navigating Your Career: Exploring Paths for Engineers in Biopharma
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | West Red Level Suite 70
A technical degree or background provides a great start for entry into the life sciences, but how do you navigate your career after your early roles? Hear from industry professionals as they discuss the various paths they took and how they are shaping their careers. This panel will address the questions every professional has faced at some point including: Should I go to graduate school? Should I work at a large company or a small company? Should I work for a service provider or an operating company? What advice would I give my younger self? What are the options for engineers in biopharma (technical or non-technical)? The panel will be approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes for Q&A at the end.
Kevin Boudreau, Senior Facilities Engineer, ElevateBio
Kevin Boudreau leads Facilities and Engineering projects at ElevateBio Basecamp in Waltham, MA. Kevin received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014 and M.S. in Engineering at Tufts University in 2019. He has extensive experience managing large capital projects at Sanofi Genzyme, Ipsen Bioscience, Biolabs, and ElevateBio. Currently, he is leading projects for the ElevateBio Basecamp Cell & Gene Therapy facility including start-up and validation of the GMP suites, utilities, warehouse, and expansions. Kevin enjoys playing in the annual ISPE golf tournament events and any other activity if it includes golf.
Melissa Le, Principal Research Associate, Beam Therapeutics
Melissa Le is currently a Principal Research Associate on the CAR-T Cellular Process Development team at Beam Therapeutics. She has been working in various roles in process development in the cell and gene therapy space for 6 years. Throughout this time, she has gained experience working on cell bank, lentiviral vector, and CAR T cell production processes. Melissa has contributed to projects from pre-clinical phase up through late-stage characterization and commercialization. Prior to joining the workforce, she received her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University.
Katy Mead, Sr. Process Engineer, ElevateBio
Katy Mead, Senior Process Engineer, has 7+ years of engineering experience working in both commercial and clinical pharmaceutical manufacturing. Katy received her Chemical & Biological Engineering degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2013, joined ISPE as a young professional, and immediately dove into the industry, serving on various CQV projects across the country. After relocating to Boston in 2014, Katy has focused her career on specializing in the design, build, start-up, and on-going maintenance and optimization of new facilities and process trains for early-stage clinical manufacturing. With experience in both biological and chemical synthesis processes, Katy is passionate about bringing new technologies in the cell and gene therapy space to fruition. Outside of the office, Katy received her M.S. in Engineering Management from Tufts University in 2018 and enjoys biking, running, and skiing in her free time.
Emily Wisniewski, Scientist, Platform and Product Development, Cell Therapies, Takeda
Emily joined Takeda as a Scientist on the Cell Therapies team in February 2021. Her work there has focused on implementing key process improvements to the company’s cell therapy drug product manufacturing platform. Prior to Takeda, Emily received her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecuar Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Her graduate work examined the biophysics of cancer metastasis and the role that the nucleus plays as a mechanosensor during cell migration through confining microenvironments. Emily received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University, where she had the opportunity to work on research and technical development teams at Moderna, Biogen, and Seventh Sense Biosystems through the university’s co-op program.
Moderated by Jennifer Alexis, Project Engineer/Project Manager, DPS Group Since receiving her MBA in Project Management from Endicott College, Jennifer has focused her passion towards working in Novel Therapy studies and solutions. She joined DPS in 2018 as a Project Engineer working with Novel Therapy clients looking to expand their presence within the industry. She has worked successfully to execute the vision of her clients to design top-quality and innovative cGMP facilities exclusively based on CDC standards. Prior to DPS, Jennifer has consulted at several biopharmaceutical companies, Sanofi, Johnson & Johnson, Shire and Takeda to transform their company into state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing facilities. She strives to expand her knowledge and continue to build relationships within the Novel Therapies field.