Designing the Next-Generation Advanced Therapeutics Manufacturing Process

Richard D. Braatz
Edwin R. Gilliland Professor of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Richard D. Braatz is the Edwin R. Gilliland Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT, where he conducts research into advanced biopharmaceutical manufacturing systems. In this role, he leads process data analytics, mechanistic modeling, and control systems for several projects on campus, including those focused on monoclonal antibody, viral vaccine, and gene therapy manufacturing. Dr. Braatz received an M.S. and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology and was the Millennium Chair and Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University before moving to MIT.

Dr. Braatz has collaborated with more than 20 companies including Novartis, Pfizer, Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Biogen, Amgen, Takeda, and Abbott Labs. Honors include the AIChE PD2M Award for Outstanding Contribution to QbD for Drug Substance, the AIChE Excellence in Process Development Research Award, the Technical Innovation Award from the International Society of Automation, and the IEEE Control Systems Society Transition to Practice Award. He has published over 200 papers and three books, including Fault Detection and Diagnosis in Industrial Systems. Dr. Braatz is a Fellow of IEEE, IFAC, AIChE, and AAAS and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.