Lyophilization Process Development Scientist

Arranta Bio
Gainesville, FL, United States
Nov 05, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Arranta Bio is a rapidly growing and dynamic bio-pharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO). Our vision is to be the best in class CDMO providing development and GMP manufacturing services to microbiome innovators within the pharmaceutical industry. Therapies focused on the human microbiome are exhibiting incredible potential towards revolutionizing disease etiology and associated medical treatments. Arranta Bio's mission is to build a world class organization which provides microbiome bio-pharmaceutical innovators with a single source of supply from early process development through clinical and commercial GMP finished product.


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We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join the Process Development team as a Lyophilization Process Development Scientist. The position will focus on developing lyophilized formulations and executing unique methods required for the development of robust, scalable and reproducible formulations and processes for Live Biotherapeutic Products (LBPs). This position will work closely with the Drug Substance, Analytical, Quality Control, Process Development, Drug Product Manufacturing and Quality Assurance teams on the end-to-end Drug Product Development of LBPs.

  • Develop lyophilization cycles, internal scalable fermentation processes, and processes to increase stability of microbiome LBP drug products.
  • Perform analytical assays as needed to assess stability and integrity of drug product formulations.
  • Lead the formulation and product development and stability assessment activities that may include pre-formulation activities, buffer/excipient screening and selection, developing lyophilized or freeze stable formulations.
  • Focus on stability testing and characterization of routes of degradation of LBP formulations in liquid and lyophilized formulations under accelerated temperature, refrigerated storage conditions and under different stresses in a variety of containers.
  • Communicate clearly, work independently, collaborate heavily, think critically
  • Perform troubleshooting activities, as needed
  • Proficient in DSC/mDSC and Freeze Dry Microscope method for the characterization of the frozen and dry formulation.
  • May conduct small-scale lyophilization experiments and/or direct production-scale, and lead and/or advise on technical transfer and scale up.
  • Identify formulations matrices that ensure the stability of targeted biological and the adjuvant molecules in liquid and lyophilized vaccines
  • Prepare technical reports, project monthly reports, PowerPoint presentations and other documentation reflecting the project(s) progress.

Experience and Skills

  • PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Microbiology, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline with 0- 3 years of relevant experience or M.S. and 8+ years of relevant experience, or B.S. and 10+ years of relevant experience
  • 2 - 6 years of experience in lyophilization development, stability testing, and spray-drying technologies
  • Cycle design, excipient selection and buffer screening expertise is required. Prior experience in developing lyophilized LBPs or biologic formulation is preferred.
  • Working knowledge in Design of Experiments, QbD and statistical principles
  • Works collaboratively within group as well as within interdisciplinary teams
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Understanding of GMPs and regulatory expectations related to live biotherapeutic drug manufacturing processes is preferred
  • Previous mentoring, leadership, or management experience is preferred


Arranta Bio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.