Bringing a Quality Focus to CMO Management

Walter Cespedes led a roundtable lunch and learn discussion about bringing a quality focus to CMO management at the  2016 edition of the Biomanufacturing World Summit. We asked him a few questions about how it went.

Walter Cespedes is a seasoned executive with over 28 years of industry Quality experience. Mr. Cespedes serves as Executive Director, Third Party and Commercial Quality Americas for Teva (Actavis).  Prior to this appointment, he served as VP Corporate Quality for Durata Therapeutics, Inc.  Mr. Cespedes has also held a position as a Senior Director of Corporate Quality Assurance for MEDA Pharmaceuticals. Prior to his work at MEDA, he held Quality Assurance roles at Pfizer, such as Quality Operations Supervisor, Senior Manager for Quality Operations, and Drug Product Assurance Team Leader. Earlier in his career, he worked for Roche Diagnostic Systems, Inc., Hoffman La-Roche, Inc, and Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. Mr. Cespedes is a graduate of Seton Hall University and earned his Masters of Science in Executive Management from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  He now serves on the board of NJIT College of Science & Liberal Arts.