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NIBRT appoint new Chief Scientific Officer

NIBRT appoint new Chief Scientific Officer

NIBRT appoint new Chief Scientific Officer
March 22
12:44 2016

The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Michael Butler as Chief Scientific Officer (CSO). The appointment will see Professor Butler joining NIBRT on September 1st 2016 to lead NIBRT’s research programme focused on biopharmaceutical manufacturing research.

Prof Butler is an acknowledged global leader in mammalian cell culture bioprocessesing. He will be relocating to NIBRT from Canada where he is currently Distinguished Professor of Animal Cell Technology, Department of Microbiology, University of Manitoba, and is also the Scientific Director of the Canadian Monoclonal Antibody Network (MabNet).

MabNet is a consortium of 12 industry, 10 University and 2 Canadian government agency partners, with a research program led by 20 investigators. The objectives of the research have been to develop optimal process technologies for the production and purification of monoclonal antibodies with defined glycosylation characteristics. The research has been conducted under an integrated plan involving four major themes that span the areas of structural analysis, upstream processing, cell culture control and downstream processing.

Prof Butler’s distinguished research career has seen key advances in animal cell technology, glycosylation, and development of mammalian cell culture bioprocesses for scale-up and industrial production. He is the author of 7 books, and over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles with a strong record of leading industry-academic collaborations.

Speaking on behalf of NIBRT, CEO Dominic Carolan, explained “We’re very pleased to announce today that Professor Michael Butler will be joining the NIBRT team as Chief Scientific Officer. Mike’s knowledge, expertise in mammalian cell culture, and international reputation is an ideal fit for NIBRT’s research strategy and is a great addition to our well established research team. I am excited by the opportunities that Mike will bring to our collaborative research programmes, further advancing the knowledge in biopharmaceutical manufacturing research”.

Commenting on his appointment Prof Butler, said, “I’m delighted to be able to move to NIBRT and be a part of the impressive growth that’s taking place in the country’s biopharmaceutical industry. NIBRT has become a major platform for attracting the biopharmaceutical industry to Ireland for the manufacture of biologics based drugs designed for unmet medical needs. I especially look forward to partnering with the academic and industry research communities as we collaborate on addressing the key scientific challenges in biopharma manufacturing research”.

Prof Butler will be commencing in NIBRT on September 1st 2016.

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