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Astellas Pharma Sr. QC Associate in Westborough, Massachusetts

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Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astellas Pharma Inc and focused on the development and commercialization of stem cell and regenerative medicine therapies. Astellas is an R&D-driven global pharmaceutical company whose philosophy is to contribute to the improvement of people's heath around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products.

AIRM has a world-class R&D team, and is pursuing a diverse range of disease indications, ranging from macular degeneration (currently in clinical trials) and other ocular indications to vascular and autoimmune disease. AIRM's intellectual property portfolio includes pluripotent stem cell platforms -- both embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells as well as other cell-based therapy research programs. AIRM is headquartered in Massachusetts.

Astellas is announcing a Sr. QC Associate opportunity at their Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) site in Westborough, MA.

Purpose:

This position provides Quality Control testing of in process and final product testing, with a long-term goal of incorporating Commercial Readiness at the AIRM site. Looking for experience with Quality Systems, parenteral testing, reference standard qualification, cell culture, analytical method validation, RT-qPCR, Immunofluorescence, Flow Cytometry and/or cell-based assays.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Perform Analytical methods for Cell based product release testing in GMP Compliant laboratory

  • Maintain, calibrate and operate equipment and instruments supporting cell bioassays, Flow Cytometry, ELISA and PCR assays

  • Track and test products according to stability protocols.

  • Manage Instrument Validation for QC equipment

  • Monitor and trend data, complete routine record review of test data and related documents for in-process testing, drug substance and drug product release.

  • Preparation of reports and data packages for interactions between AIRM and Regulatory agencies. Interact with agents from Regulatory agencies and participate in Pre-Approval Inspections.

  • Develop, revise and review SOPs, qualification/validation protocols and reports.

  • Conduct investigations regarding out of specifications (OOS) results. Address and manage deviations related to analytical procedures.

  • Implement continuous improvements in the GMP Quality systems currently in place to ensure compliance with documented policies.

  • Review proposed changes to systems, procedures, methods, and submissions to regulatory agencies, as appropriate.

  • Perform other duties as required.

Quantitative Dimensions:

This position interacts with all levels of management and will contribute to the development of QC Departmental Strategies. Actions may have implications on operations and budget.

Organizational Context:

Reporting to the Quality Control Senior Manager

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Bachelor's Degree with 5+ years of experience or Master's Degree with 2+ years of laboratory experience

  • Strong knowledge of GMP Quality Systems, SOP's and quality control process

  • Identifying, writing, evaluating and closing laboratory (OOS) investigations.

  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Power Point and other applications.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to communicate and work independently with scientific/technical personnel.

  • Working knowledge of quality systems and regulatory requirements (21 CRF Part 11/210/211).

  • Experience in the biotech and/or pharmaceutical industry.

  • While most of the schedule will be during a standard work-week, there will be occasional weekend work required.

Preferred:

  • Experience in the biotech and/or pharmaceutical industry.

Benefits:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation and Sick time, plus national holidays including year-end shut down

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program

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Category Quality Assurance/Quality Control

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