Biomanufacturing and Process Development

Biomanufacturing and Process Development (BPD)

BPD’s mission is to provide a forum for process development and manufacturing scientists and engineers to discuss bioprocessing issues and solutions. Students, trainees, and transitioning professionals are also encouraged to attend.

The group meets approximately six to eight times a year with speakers from industry and academia, as well as technology and regulatory experts. BPD is one of approximately 20 Exchange Groups supported statewide by NCBiotech.

Membership Guidelines

Professionals, faculty, staff, students (undergraduate and graduate [MS, Ph.D.]), postdocs, and industry members are welcome. There are no membership fees.

Meeting Format

For the 2022 - 2023 season, we will be hosting hybrid half-day symposia and a full-day vendor show in April. The Symposia will host multiple speakers centered around the meeting theme, and as time permits, networking among attendees or discussing with exhibitors or speakers.

The half-day symposia will be from approximately 12:30 to 5 p.m., and the full-day symposia will be held from ~ 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Registration is free but required for all webinars and symposia events. 

BPD thanks our symposia sponsors who support our programs.

Click here to Request Information about webinars/symposia, sponsoring a webinar or symposium, and virtual exhibit opportunities as a sponsor or for vendor shows.


We have several sponsorship opportunities available, so please reach out for more information.


Program Schedule for the 2022-2023 Season

September 27, 2022 - "Fall into BPD" Networking Event

November 4, 2022 - Supply Chain/APIs Symposium

February 9, 2023 BioGrow Training and Education Symposium

March 16, 2023 – Fermentation Symposium

April 12, 2023 - Cell and Gene Therapy Symposium and Full Day Vendor Show at UNC's Friday Center 

To submit an abstract for consideration for one of our upcoming symposia please fill out our BPD Speaker Interest Form.

To join our mailing list, please fill out the Interest Form.

Recordings From Past Events

Steering Committee Members 2021-2022

  • Katie Stember (Chair), North Carolina Biotechnology Center

  • Hannah Cole, North Carolina Biotechnology Center

  • Michael David, Eppendorf North America

  • Ronna Dornsife, North Carolina Central University/BRITE

  • Rosa Fernandez, NC BioNetwork

  • Karen Kast-Hutcheson, Repligen

  • Mark Mistretta, Watson Marlow Fluid Technologies

  • Ryan Moffa, Seqirus

  • Rob Onyenwoke, North Carolina Central University/BRITE

  • Thomas Parker, BridgeBio

  • Lawson Phillips, Seqirus

  • Caroline Smith-Moore, NC State University (BTEC)

  • Dhaval Tapiawala, Pfizer

  • Alex Tracy, ISTARI Oncology Inc.

  • Robert Tyler, A&C Your Global GMP Partner

  • An Zhang, Biogen

Program Schedule for the 2020-2021 Season

September 3, 2020 - Process Analytics and Automation Virtual Symposium 

"Manufacturing Modernization-Integration of Process Analytical Technologies"

Rebekah Wilson, B.S., Sr. Engineer, Process Analytics, Biogen, RTP, NC

"BTEC and Biophorum: Ontology Development Drives Digital Transformation for a Model Biomanufacturing Facility"

Ryan R. Barton, Ph.D., Sr. Scientist, Automation BTEC, NCSU, Raleigh, NC

October 8, 2020 - "Vaccines Now!" Virtual Symposium

"On the Frontline – Preparing for a Flu Season in the Midst of COVID"

Rodney Lam, M.S., Director of Engineering, Seqirus (Holly Springs, NC)

"COVID-19 as a Catalyst for Risk-Based Multi-Site Process Performance Qualification"

Mark Chavez, Ph.D., Senior Principal Scientist, Downstream Process Development

Abel Hastings, M.S., Director, Process Sciences, author

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies (RTP, NC)

November 5, 2020 - "Diagnostics in Our Time of Covid-19" Virtual Symposium

"A COVID Diagnostics Journey"

Richard West, BSME, MBA, Baebies, Inc.

"Delivering New Technologies in Infectious Disease Diagnostics"

K. Mahala Burn, PhD, bioMerieux, Inc.

December 3, 2020 - "Introducing Your Local Professional Biotech/Pharma Groups" Virtual Symposium



PDA Southeast Chapter

January 28, 2021 - BioGrow "Training and Education Across NC" Virtual Symposium

Participating Training Institutions: NC State’s Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC), NC Central’s Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Training Enterprise (BRITE), Campbell University, NC BioNetwork, Alamance Community College, Durham Tech Community College, Forsyth Tech Community College, Wake Tech Community College, Vance Granville Community College

Training Success Story Panelists:

Justin Campbell – Forsyth Tech Community College

Phoebe Lee – BTEC at NC State

Scott Huldgren - Campbell University

Willie Dupree - NC BioNetwork

HR/Site Lead Panelists:

Wade Smedley – Merck

Daniel VonDielingen – Lilly

Drew Duncan – Biogen

Kimberly Sharman – FUJIFILM Diosynth

March 18, 2021 – "Impact of Covid 19 on Supply Chain – A year into it and potential impacts to the Future"

"How Covid-19 impacted Logistics and Distribution from the perspective of a Third Party Logistics Provider"

Jen Trone, B.S., Managing Director of Sales and Solutions at UPS Healthcare

“Biological Raw Materials Used in Bioproduction and Implementation of Barrier Technologies”

Kurt Brorson, Ph.D., Vice President, Technical at Parexel International – formerly with FDA

“Compliance Considerations for Raw Materials”

R. Heath Coats, Principal Consultant at Parexel International – formerly with FDA

“Being Prepared – Lessons learned and what can we do better”

Robert Tyler, M.B.A., Director, Business Development at A&C Your Global GMP Partner

April 22, 2021 - Cell and Gene Therapy Symposium and Full-Day Vendor Show

“Advanced allogeneic gene-edited cell therapy manufacturing - An introduction to Cellectis, UCART therapies and our Raleigh facility.”  

Tony Thatcher - US Head, Manufacturing Science and Technology at Cellectis.

“Allogeneic CAR-T: Positioning the Platform.” 

Brent Rice, Ph.D. - Director, MS&T at Precision BioSciences, Inc. 

“Revolutionary gamma/delta T-cell manufacturing: why we need you and why you should come work with us.” 

Tim Gallagher - Chief Business Officer at PhosphoGam

“From NC Biotech Seed Funding to Completion of World’s First Controlled Clinical Trial for a CRISPR-Enhanced Bacteriophage Therapy: Insights into Locus Biosciences’ Platform & Agile Drug Development Philosophy” 

Nick Conley, Ph.D. - Sr. Director, Manufacturing Sciences & Technology, CMC at Locus Biosciences

Launch Bio's Gene Therapy Panel - “Gene Therapy Thrives: Five Years of Growth in NC” including Astellas Gene Therapies, Novartis Gene Therapies, Beam Therapeutics, and Sarepta

“Development of AAV Bioprocesses for Improved Productivity” 

Jeffrey Pavlicek, Ph.D. - Senior Principal Scientist, Gene Therapy Process Development at Pfizer

“Gene Therapy Starts with Critical Starting Materials” 

Greg Stromberg - Director, Global Manufacturing Sciences at Biogen

“KBI: Your CDMO partner for cell therapy manufacturing” 

Lauren Collison, Ph.D. - SVP of Operations, Site Head, Cell Therapy at KBI

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