Senior Scientist I, Biologics Drug Product Development

Lake County, IL, United States
Feb 25, 2021
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About AbbVie
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The Development Sciences Drug Product Development (DevSci DPD) organization within AbbVie develops and characterizes drug product formulations, combination products, and manufacturing processes to provide clinical dosage forms and devices to enable the development of AbbVie's pipeline, and ultimately to provide commercial drug products, combination products, and commercial manufacturing processes.

AbbVie is seeking a highly motivated person to support drug product Preformulation and Formulation development. The candidate will support early-stage assessment of candidates coming out of the Discovery pipeline, as well as the design and development of stable and robust drug product formulation and manufacturing processes for NBEs used in clinical trials and commercial. In this role, the candidate will be part of a global team and will work closely with scientists from multiple functional areas, including Discovery, Analytical, Process R&D, and Manufacturing Science & Technology.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Lead the formulation, drug product development and stability assessment activities of the assigned NBEs, including candidate screening and selection for clinical studies and commercialization of monoclonal antibodies, antibody drug conjugates, bispecifics, and fusion proteins.
  • Design and execute studies evaluating the stability (chemical & physical) of biologics against solution conditions (pH, ionic strength, temperature, light etc.) and physical stresses arising from manufacturing process conditions (freeze thaw, mixing, filtration, filling, and lyophilization), and screen excipients (buffers, stabilizers, surfactants, tonicity & Tg' modifiers etc.) to develop robust formulations for refrigerated liquid and lyophilized dosage forms.
  • Prepare concise and sound scientific presentations of experimental results to the management and author detailed scientific technical reports.
  • Generate original technical ideas for formulation and analytical technologies of assigned NBE development projects.
  • Stay current with the scientific literature and lead new scientific initiatives.


  • PhD in Chemistry or related field and typically 0-2 years of relevant experience.
  • MS in Chemistry or related field with typically 8 years of relevant experience.
  • BS in Chemistry or related field with typically 10 years of experience.
  • Scientific understanding of the structure & function of monoclonal antibodies, antibody constructs/conjugates, bispecifics and fusion proteins and their modes of degradation/stabilization.
  • Solid understanding of the scientific approaches to develop commercially viable protein drug products.
  • Strong laboratory skills focused on formulation development for monoclonal antibodies and antibody constructs/conjugates (standard excipient selection, functional excipients, high throughput assays).
  • Solid understanding of the various unit operations of aseptic manufacturing such as bulk freeze thaw, compounding/mixing, filtration, filling, and lyophilization for liquid and lyophilized NBEs.
  • Extensive hands-on expertise of analytical methods for chemical and structural characterization of protein pharmaceuticals e.g. HPLC, UPLC, capillary electrophoresis and biophysical techniques (UV-vis, DLS, DSC, Fluorescence, particle analysis, etc.) for protein characterization.

Key Competencies:
  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of the team to enable higher performance.
  • Excellent oral communication skills in a scientific setting as well as sound technical writing and documentation competencies are required.
  • The candidate must be able to work independently, respond to changing priorities and short lead times for multiple tasks; able to identify problems and work toward solutions.
  • Raises the bar and is never satisfied with the status quo.
  • Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions and experimentation for improvement.
  • Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation and manages innovation to reality.

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