Our mission at Forge Biologics, is to enable access to life changing gene therapies and help bring them from idea into reality. We partner with innovators in the gene therapy community: scientists, physicians, biotech/pharma companies, and patient groups. We bring expertise in gene therapy manufacturing and therapeutics development to the table, helping to champion teams that are navigating the long road from the lab bench to the bedside. Our goal is simple but vital to patients living with disease, and we take it seriously. With a patient-first approach, we are forging new models for working together to better accelerate these transformative medicines to reach those who need them the most.
Forge is based in Columbus, Ohio, in a 200,000 square foot facility known affectionately by team members as, the Hearth. The Hearth, is a custom-designed cGMP facility dedicated to AAV manufacturing and hosts scalable, end-to-end manufacturing services.
About The Team
The Environmental Monitoring/Microbiology Quality Control Department is responsible for conducting rigorous microbiological testing and environmental monitoring activities to ensure the safety and quality of our gene therapy products. This team focuses on utilizing state-of-the-art techniques to detect and prevent microbial contamination, contributing to the seamless production of AAV vectors while upholding the highest standards of regulatory compliance
About The Role
We are currently seeking an Analyst I, Quality Control (QC) - Environmental Monitoring/Microbiology to join the Forge Biologics team. This is an exciting opportunity within the QC team to contribute to and lead efforts in the execution of manufacturing life changing gene therapies for human use. The candidate will perform both a combination of Microbiological testing and Environmental Monitoring (EM) of cleanrooms within the facility. The candidate will provide hands-on support for new technologies and systems in our GMP manufacturing facility.
What You’ll Do
- Perform Microbiological testing in lab environment, including Gram-stain, Endotoxin, Bioburden, Osmolality, pH, etc.
- Conduct environmental monitoring activities including air and surface samples within the classified cleanroom areas.
- Support trending of EM data using software’s eg: JMP and LIMS.
- Support thorough investigations to determine root cause of OOS investigations the implementation of appropriate corrective and preventative actions in a timely manner.
- Train junior staff in laboratory skills and scheduling EM sampling.
- Plan work to meet production and schedule requirements from clients (internal and external).
- Preparation of Microbiological equipment and samples, EM data forms, EM labels and execution of EM testing.
- Participate in Media Fill/Process Sims qualifications/Smoke study.
What You’ll Bring (Qualifications)
- Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology, Biology or related scientific field (or equivalent work experience).
- Knowledge of aseptic technique or behavior.
- Prior experience in a GxP or regulated environment.
- Experience with microbiological testing such as Gram-stain, Endotoxin, Bioburden, Osmolality, pH, etc.
Work Environment and Physical Demands
This position works in both a laboratory environment and typical office environment where the physical work demands will vary depending on the specific tasks and duties required of the job. The employee will be stationary (standing/sitting) for extended periods of time. Employees regularly wear personal protective equipment based on the task being performed. Must be able to work in a confined space, such as a clean room or laboratory environment. Ability to identify small details within the field of vision, distinguish between different colors, and accurately identify objects within a specific area.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned.
Forge Biologics is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse workforce. Forge Biologics, provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
Life at Forge
We are a team of diverse, driven and passionate people working together to trailblaze a new model for how we make medicines to treat patients with genetic diseases. Our team members use their creativity and talent to invent new solutions, meet new demands, and offer the most effective services in the industry. Forge’s core values lay the foundation for H.O.P.E. It provides us a common purpose that we all understand, work towards and live by.
- HARDWORKING - We work hard and smart, making a persistent and determined effort toward success. Working hard, with focus and desire is the key.
- OPEN - We strive to be approachable, actively listen and encourage others to contribute and speak up. We positively offer and receive constructive feedback.
- PURPOSE DRIVEN - We are passionate about working towards and delivering on our mission to manufacture gene therapies.
- ENGAGED - We are fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about our work and take positive action to further Forge’s vision, mission and goals.
We’ve Got You Covered
We take the health and happiness of our employees seriously and are consistently evaluating new ways to make our benefits truly UnFORGEttable.
- Health, Dental, and Vision insurance that starts on your first day at Forge, with 90% of premiums covered for team members as well as dependents
- Unlimited PTO (plus 14 paid company holidays)
- Annual bonus for all full-time employees
- Equity-incentive plan
- 401(K) company match
- Fully-stocked kitchen with free food/drinks
- 12 weeks of paid parental leave - additional discount programs include childcare support & dependent care
- Employee Assistance Program
- Wellness benefits (financial planning services, mental health counseling, employer paid disability)
- Professional & Personal development resources - LinkedIn Learning, a dedicate training staff in-house, mentoring opportunities & access to leadership development coaches