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Robert Thomas, Ph.D.

Reader in Manufacturing for Cell Based Therapies; EPSRC Early Career Fellow at Centre for Biological Engineering (CBE), Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University


Robert Thomas is Professor in Manufacturing for Cell and Gene Therapies at Loughborough University, UK, where he holds an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Career Fellowship. He trained as a Pharmacist at Nottingham University, UK, and Pfizer pharmaceutics research and development before gaining a PhD in Liver Tissue Engineering, also from Nottingham, in 2006. His laboratory is focussed on addressing manufacturing challenges for cell based products in collaboration with a wide range of industrial and academic partners. His research encompasses novel platforms and processes for cell manufacture, and modelling to support quality-by-design approaches, predominantly using haematopoietic lineage based products (Megakaryocytes, Red Cells, T-cells, Haematopoietic progenitors) as exemplars. A particular focus of his work is development of models and supporting tools that will enable definition of robust manufacturing design spaces for cell based products and that will be beneficial to supporting CMC requirements.

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