Panel: Looking at the Big Picture: Where is Our Industry Going, and How Should We Get There?

  • Debating the merits of nimble and flexible facilities versus manufacturing battleships
  • Preparing your pilot plants and manufacturing facilities to move forward with Phase II-III approvals
  • Forecasting requirements for optimizing manufacturing equipment, facilities and partners to increase speed to market
  • Achieving business goals to better manage times of product and economic uncertainty
  • Putting theory into practice: Implementing key metrics to improve manufacturing flexibility


Pat Yang
Chairman at Acepodia
& Founding Board Director at Sana Biotechnology

Dr. Patrick Y. Yang has over 35 years leadership experience in technology, manufacturing, supply chain, and operational management functions in General Electric, Merck, Genentech, Roche, and Juno Therapeutics.

He was Executive Vice President and Global Head of Roche Pharmaceuticals Technical Operations based in Basel, Switzerland from January 2010 to March 2013. In this role, he was accountable for Roche’s pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing operations, and process development. He and as previously Executive Vice President of Product Operations of Genentech, based in South San Francisco. Dr. Yang worked for Genentech for 10 years, from 2003 until his retirement in October 2013.

Prior to joining Genentech, Dr. Yang spent 11 years at Merck & Co. in various leadership positions including Vice President, Supply Chain Management, and Vice President, Asia/Pacific Operations.

Before joining Merck in 1992, Dr. Yang spent 12 years at General Electric (1980-1992), serving in research, engineering, technology, and manufacturing leadership roles with increasing scope of responsibilities.

Dr. Yang holds a Ph.D. degree in engineering from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

He a member of Board of Directors of Tesoro Corporation, Codexis, Celladon, Amyris, and PharmaEssentia.

Alison Moore
Chief Technology Officer
Allogene Therapeutics

Dr. Alison Moore is Chief Technical Officer at Allogene Therapeutics. Prior to this role, Moore served as senior vice president, Process Development,in Amgen Operations. Moore was previously vice president, Process and Product Engineering (P&PE), where she was responsible for Process Development, Clinical Operations and Global Operations Planning. Moore served as vice president, Corporate Manufacturing, overseeing Supply Chain, Contract Manufacturing, Global Distribution, Manufacturing Technologies, and Operations Risk Management. Before taking on this position, she was vice president, Site Operations at Amgen’s Fremont, California, manufacturing facility (AFR).

Before heading up the AFR facility, Moore was a director in Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls Regulatory Affairs at Genentech. Prior to her time at Genentech, Moore had previously spent nine years at Amgen in various positions of increasing responsibility within the Process Development organization.

Moore holds a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Manchester University, England, and a bachelor’s in Pharmacology with Honors from Manchester University, England. Following her doctoral degree work at Manchester University, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Medical University of Lübeck, Germany, and at Genentech.


Derek Adams
Chief Technology and Manufacturing Officer
bluebird bio

Derek Adams joined bluebird bio in March 2017 as Chief Technology and Manufacturing Officer leading all pharmaceutical sciences that includes process and analytical development, manufacturing, technical operations, and supply chain. Prior to joining bluebird, Derek was the Senior Vice President of CMC at Evelo Biosciences. At Evelo, Derek established the initial process development function and supply chain for clinical studies and drove strategy for product development. Prior to his time at Evelo, he served as Vice President of Technical and Strategic Product Development at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, where his responsibilities included developing and supporting all manufacturing processes globally as well as global clinical supply chain.  His Alexion career also included roles as Plant Manager for Alexion’s Rhode Island Manufacturing facility and head of upstream process development.  Derek began his career in process technical support for live virus vaccine production at Merck & Co, Inc.

Derek holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with High Distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Greg Russotti
Chief Technology Officer
Century Therapeutics

Greg Russotti is the Chief Technology Officer at Century Therapeutics, a company developing iPSC-derived, allogeneic immune cell therapy products for hematology/oncology indications. Before joining Century in January 2020, Greg was Vice President of Cell Therapy Development and Operations at Celgene. During his 13 year tenure at Celgene, he guided CMC efforts for five different cell therapy products to IND and clinical stage development. Greg was also a leader in establishing in-house clinical manufacturing at Celgene and in building Celgene’s first commercial CAR T manufacturing facility. Prior to Celgene, Greg held various leadership roles at Merck Research Laboratories, developing vaccines and monoclonal antibodies for clinical and commercial manufacturing. Greg received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University.

Jerry Cacia
SVP, Head Global Technical Development

Jerry is responsible for Roche’s Global Technical Development organization.  This scope includes responsibility for developing manufacturing processes and control systems for Roche’s development pipeline.  This pipeline consists of over 70 New Molecular entities and over 100 development projects in pre-clinical through licensure phases of development.   Jerry has been with Roche/Genentech for 30 years.  He has held a number of senior leadership positions in Technical Development, Manufacturing, MSAT, and Quality prior to becoming the head of Global Technical Development in 2018.