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José Castillo, Ph.D.

Chief Technical Officer at Univercells


After working as the head of viral vaccine industrialization at GSK Vaccines, he started up Artelis with a small group of developers in 2006. At Artelis, he designed and developed bioreactors that transformed industrial operations. With his team, he developed the iCellis system and transferred it for more than 50 viral processes over the world. The technology is now marketed by PALL, where Jose held the position of Director of Cell Culture Technologies. With the same group of developers, he started up Univercells in 2013, aiming to develop disruptive manufacturing platforms that significantly impact affordability to vaccines and antibodies.

With a background in Chemical Engineering, Jose’s education includes a PhD in Applied Sciences from the Université libre de Bruxelles, and an entrepreneurship degree from the Solvay Business School.

As Univercells’ CTO, he is now the architect of highly efficient production processes that will make cell culture available and affordable for all. The goal is to disrupt the industry and become the leader of comprehensive manufacturing solutions.

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