Alira Health

Alira Health
Director CMC Operations

Sean Forestell, Ph.D.

Boston, USA

Sean Forestell, Ph.D. is an expert in biologics process development and manufacturing with over 30 years of experience in the biotech industry. Dr. Forestell has had senior leadership roles in several companies including BioMarin, Genentech and Novartis.  At BioMarin, he was the Senior Director of MSAT responsible for technical process support of 5 commercial and 4 clinical products across 4 manufacturing facilities. He has developed processes and been involved in the successful tech transfer of 12 early-stage clinical products, 4 successful PPQs that led to licensure, and has supported the manufacture of 8 different commercial products. His broad experience includes products that range from viral vectors used in cell and gene therapy, monoclonal antibodies, and enzymes to treat ultra rare diseases that are produced using continuous manufacturing technologies. Dr. Forestell was educated at the University of Guelph, earning a BSc in Biological Engineering and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary. He has co-authored 19 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is an inventor on two issued patents.


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