Media Formulation Technologist (Center for Cellular Immunotherapy)
University of Pennsylvania
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 4848708
Media Formulation Technologist (Center for Cellular Immunotherapy)
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Posted Job Title Media Formulation Technologist (Center for Cellular Immunotherapy)
Job Profile Title Resource Technologist A
Job Description Summary For the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and a CCI Department of Pathology/Lab Medicine shared resource. The CVPF has two cellular manufacturing suites: one in the Ravdin Pavilion in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and a second in the Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics (CACT) in the South Pavilion Expansion of the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. The CVPF manufactures cell immunotherapy products in support of many investigational new drug (IND) protocols; all products undergo rigorous quality testing prior to approval of release for infusion.
Our vision is to produce high quality innovative cell therapies that advance the field and improve the lives of patients with unmet needs. In 2014, Penn's immunotherapy for leukemia was awarded the FDA's Breakthrough Therapy designation. In 2017, in an historic action the therapy was the first cellular therapy approved by the FDA. In 2018, the therapy was also approved for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Penn is a center of excellence for immunotherapies and the CVPF continues to support the development of personalized cell and gene therapies.
The focus of this role is to formulate growth media and reagents to support cell and gene therapy clinical trials at the Clinical Cell and Vaccine Production Facility (CVPF) and Center for Advanced Cellular Therapies (CACT) of the University of Pennsylvania. Reagent Formulation responsibilities include:
Formulation of media and reagents required for the clinical scale processing of cells
Maintain minimum inventory of media and reagent stock
Perform weekly media inventory and update working master file
Perform weekly media forecasting
Receipt and storage of incoming apheresis material
Release final products for infusion
Prepare growth curves for clinical and validation studies
Follow established Standard Operating Procedures in ISO Class 5, 7 and 8 cleanroom environments
Follow Good Documentation Practices (GDP)
Exceptional communication and organizational skills and strong attention to detail are required in this role. Previous experience in tissue culture is preferred. Previous experience working in clinical trials and in particular, cellular manufacturing is preferred. Efficient time management is essential. Routine interaction with manufacturing technicians, quality control scientists, quality assurance personnel, and support staff is necessary. This position is an Essential University employee and is required to report to work in times of inclement weather and University closure.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Biology or related science and 0 to 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment and consistently meet deadlines is required. Flexibility, Dedication, Accountability and Team-oriented interpersonal skills are essential in this position.
This position is contingent upon grant funding.
Job Location - City, State Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Department / School Perelman School of Medicine
Pay Range $36,368.00 - $50,000.00 Annual Rate Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.
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