South San Francisco, California
Feb 15, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type


Apex Life Sciences is seeking a highly motivated, results-oriented, self-starter to join a new and dynamic team responsible for successful development and characterization of clinical-scale manufacturing processes. The successful candidate will contribute to the development, implementation and characterization of state-of-the-art processing technologies to deliver scalable and robust manufacturing processes, and support successful tech transfer for GMP manufacturing and release at a CMO. 


  • Actively contribute to development, implementation, characterization and successful execution of robust, state-of-the-art CART manufacturing processes.
  • Support clinical-scale non-GMP/ GMP IND-enabling manufacturing operations, including Tech Transfer to CMO and support of successful GMP manufacturing of clinical material.
  • Contribute to relevant and impactful innovation programs to enhance CART manufacturing technologies/ capabilities and work-processes (such as alternate transfection and cell engineering strategies, media development, disposable/ closed production systems and automation), aligned with emerging business drivers and Regulatory expectations.
  • Contribute to Project Technical Teams and communicate and collaborate effectively to ensure effective interactions with all stakeholder groups 
  • Demonstrate strong “personal leadership”/ accountability and technical and interpersonal skills, and apply scientific and technical experience to ensure safe, high-quality lab practices
  • Ensure high-quality, timely documentation in electronic laboratory notebooks and Technical Reports and contribute to Regulatory Filings and responses to Regulatory questions as appropriate.
  • Present data/ strategy to scientists (and management) in internal venues (technical meetings, Project Team meetings) as appropriate.


  • BS or MS degree in Molecular Immunology/ Molecular Biology, Bioengineering, or related degree (with appropriate cell and gene therapy focus)
  • 3+ years (1+ for MS) of experience in biotech/biopharma industry (preferably in the development and characterization of manufacturing processes for cell- or gene-based therapies).
  • Process development for GMP manufacturing of cell- or gene-therapies
  • Culture and characterization of primary T-cells, T-cell molecular biology/ engineering
  • Aseptic cell culture technique
  • Direct experience with T-cell activation, viral transduction, and mRNA electroporation is highly desirable
  • Familiarity with cGMP and relevant Regulatory Guidance documents a plus
  • Familiarity with single-use bioprocessing such as WAVE bioreactors and CliniMACS Prodigy a plus
  • Experience with process scale-up and scale-down is desired
  • Knowledge with Design of Experiments a plus

***For immediate consideration, please email your updated resume to with "Scientist - manufacturing processes" in the subject line.