The Team

Chamow & Associates Consultants are leaders in biopharmaceutical product development. Our skilled professionals have substantial industry experience and fully understand the challenges faced in drug development.

Our integrated team work together to provide expert advice and solutions; helping clients meet their business objectives and achieve their missions.

David Banks

Supply Chain and Manufacturing

David Banks is an expert in Manufacturing and Supply Chain with over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He held positions of increasing responsibility at several companies including GSK (as SmithKline Beecham), Roche (as Syntex), Johnson & Johnson (as Alza), and Gilead (CV Therapeutics). David had leadership roles in launching ten pharmaceutical product launches. His areas of expertise include supply chain strategy from conceptualization through implementation, product development, commercial product production management, planning, materials and distribution management, and executive management.

David directly managed the supply chains necessary for sourcing raw materials and drug substance, as well as the manufacturing processes required for commercial production for a variety of products including orals, nasal sprays, injectables, transdermals, drug/device combinations, and controlled release products. Additionally, he has experience with being both a CMO supplying most of the major pharmaceutical companies and directly managing his own production and distribution chains.

David holds a B.S. in Engineering from Tennessee Tech University, an M.B.A. from East Tennessee State University and an M.S. in Finance from the University of San Francisco.

jen-brattJennifer Bratt

Technical Writing and Project Management

Jennifer Bratt, Ph.D., has been employed as a Technical Writing Consultant and Project Manager at Chamow & Associates since January 2016. Jennifer assist’s Chamow & Associates Project Leaders by planning, directing, and coordinating activities of team members for designated client projects, ensuring that goals and objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters.

Jennifer received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of California, Davis in 2010 and continued to work as a postdoctoral fellow focusing on translational research in the field of lung inflammatory conditions including asthma and ambient particulate exposure, specializing in enzyme biochemistry, lung physiology, and metabolic regulatory pathways. At this time, she has published 16 peer-reviewed articles and a book chapter on these topics.

juli-degrawJuli DeGraw

cGMP Manufacturing / Quality Control

Juli DeGraw is a biotechnology specialist with more than 30 years scientific “bench to bedside” translational experience in the development of vaccines, therapeutic monoclonal antibodies and cell-based immunotherapies.

While at Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) she was co-inventor on eleven issued patents and co-developer of a novel platform technology for the generation of multi-specific T cells for the treatment of cancer. Juli was part of the team to launch Johnson & Johnson’s first clinical manufacturing facility which produced and released patient specific product completing four Ph I/II clinical studies in advanced stage melanoma. As Associate Director of Scientific Research, Juli was responsible for target identification and development of new indications. In her role as head of Quality Control she developed, qualified and executed test methods for real-time product release of an autologous cell-based cancer immunotherapeutic. In her most recent position, Juli was Director and Qualified Person (QP) for the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV)/ Clinical Manufacturing Facility (CMF) in Lausanne, Switzerland. As CMF Project Leader she managed the conceptual design and development plan of an 8000sq.ft. GMP facility to support the production of multiple autologous cell and gene therapy products. She has expertise in process development, analytical assay development and tech transfer.

Juli holds a B.A. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego.

Arun Kashyap

Lead Selection and Protein Engineering

Arun Kashyap, Ph.D., is a biotechnology specialist with over 20 years of experience in preclinical biotherapeutic discovery, lead selection, protein engineering and optimization of antibodies, proteins and peptides. He has worked across multiple therapeutic areas including oncology, immuno-oncology, infectious disease, inflammatory disease, and homeostasis. He is an inventor on 7 granted patents and contributed to several IND filings.

Arun holds a PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an AB degree in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Bryan Monroe

Process Development / Manufacturing

Bryan Monroe is a process development / manufacturing professional who has been employed in the biotech industry for nearly 30 years. During his career, Bryan has worked on a wide array of successful drug candidates including insulin, Factor X, Tretten®, NovoSeven®, Recothrom®, Orencia®, Nulojix®, and Provenge®, as well as diagnostic kits for HIV-1, HIV-2, and HTLV-3. His role in these programs included development, optimization, scale-up and transfer of recombinant protein expression processes in yeast, E.coli, insect cells, and mammalian cells. Bryan also has extensive experience in basal and feed media development and optimization, utilizing a variety of technologies to better understand cellular metabolism as it relates to protein expression processes in both fed-batch and perfusion modes. Bryan has managed/designed/implemented both major remodel of facilities as well as green field construction of new facilities for both process development and clinical manufacturing.

As a consultant, Bryan has contributed to the successful scale-up and/or transfer of more than 90+ unique therapeutic programs throughout the global market, targeting more efficient processes, reduced time to clinical investigation, cost of goods improvements, and the development of robust expression platforms.

Bryan held the position of Manufacturing Engineering Development Associate at Genetic Systems, Senior Research Scientist at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Process Development Group Leader at ZymoGenetics/Novo Nordisk, Process Development/Clinical Manufacturing Manager at Dendreon and Senior Process Science Fellow (a customer consultative role) at Life Technologies for 9 years.

Bryan holds a B.S. in Virology and Marine Biology from the University of Puget Sound and a Technology Management Certificate from the University of Washington.

stephen-navaStephen Nava

Quality Assurance / CMC Regulatory Affairs

Stephen Nava is a quality assurance/regulatory affairs professional with 24 years of experience in cGMP compliance and quality systems.  Stephen is an ISO9000-trained auditor with a solid foundation in worldwide quality and regulatory requirements and a thorough knowledge of cGMP guidelines.  His experience includes auditing vendors for phase appropriate clinical development through mock-PAI readiness.  Over his career, he has completed more than 100 audits across intermediates/key starting materials, drug substance, parenteral, solid oral dosage, topical and medical device manufacturing operations within the United States, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and India. His experience includes both small molecules and biologics, including monoclonal antibodies.  He has managed quality assurance/regulatory affairs departments, developed and implemented phase-appropriate quality systems, managed supply chains, provided CMC regulatory submission strategy for both US and ex-US dossiers, authored modules 2 and 3 for INDs, IMPDs, NDAs and MAAs in eCTD format and provided oversight for project technology transfer of manufacturing/analytical operations.

In addition to consulting, Stephen currently holds the position of V.P. Quality Assurance, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; prior to that, he was Director, Regulatory Affairs/Quality Assurance at BiPar Sciences, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sanofi, for 6.5 years.

Stephen holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Texas A&M University.

Joyce Reyes

Quality Assurance / CMC Regulatory Affairs

Joyce Reyes is a professional with 20 years of Manufacturing, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance experience. Joyce has extensive experience in small molecules, recombinant protein (fermentation and cell culture: monoclonal antibodies, enzymes, peptibodies, and biosimilars), cell/gene therapy and viral production processes as well as auditing various CDMOs/CTLs/CROs.

Joyce held positions in Quality, Regulatory Affairs, Supply Chain and CMC Project Management roles both as a consultant and full-time employee. She is also RAC certified.

Joyce holds a B.A. from St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga and a Masters in Health Law from The University of California, San Diego/California Western School of Law.

dar-rosarioDarlene Rosario

Regulatory Affairs and Compliance

Darlene (Dar) Rosario, B.S., MBA, RAC, is an experienced Regulatory Affairs and Compliance Professional with over 25 years in the research and development of drugs and biopharmaceuticals. She has extensive experience in oncology and inhalation combination products among other therapeutic areas and products including pain, CV, diabetes, inflammation, and immunotherapy. Dar has worked with industry leaders such as GlaxoWellcome (GSK) and Chiron (Novartis) and small to mid-size start up companies supporting and leading global program, regulatory and compliance activities. Her expertise includes, program management, CMC, developing and implementing regulatory strategies, representing regulatory on project teams, interacting with regulatory agencies such as FDA and EMA, preparing and leading Agency meetings, generating required documentation for IND/CTA and NDA/MAA submissions including amendments, supplements and post approval maintenance, and identifying and mitigating regulatory and compliance risks. She has led PAI inspections and created and maintained Quality Units.

Dar holds an MBA from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California, B.S. in Chemistry from Eastern College (University) in St. David’s, Pennsylvania and is a certified Regulatory Affairs Profession, RAC. She is an active member of RAPS and DIA. She has served on the board of director of the International Pharmaceuticals Aerosol Consortium on Regulation and Science (IPAC-RS) to advance the science of orally inhaled and nasal spray drug products.

 sangita-seshadriSangita Seshadri

CMC technical, formulation and delivery

Sangita Seshadri, Ph.D., is an expert in drug formulation and delivery, she provides expertise and technical leadership in strategic development and commercialization of traditional and novel platform and product-specific dosage forms and delivery systems.

With 20 years of industrial experience at companies such as Nektar Therapeutics and Juvaris Biotherapeutics, Sangita’s focus is to deliver robust, commercially viable formulation and process solutions for dry powder, solid and liquid small molecule, peptide and protein drug products.

As a Senior Consultant, Sangita has worked with US, Japanese and European pharmaceutical companies involving early to late phase macromolecules and small molecules. Her responsibilities spanned API manufacturing, formulation development, analytical method development, process transfer to CDMOs, auditing CDMOs and CROs, authoring CMC sections for INDs and participating in face-face FDA reviews.

Sangita holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz, an M.S. in Chemistry from San Jose State University, and B.Sc. and M.S. in biochemistry from the University of Bombay, India.

Mary K. Shean

Operations / Project Management

Mary K. Shean is an operations professional with over 25 years of research and drug development experience. She has served as Global Project Manager for Avastin, Perjeta, and Procysbi and Global Project Leader/Life Cycle Leader for Revlimid, Amrubicin, Xermelo, and Procysbi. Mary has managed over 150 oncology, inflammation, metabolic, dermatology, and infectious disease projects ranging from early development to post launch worldwide.

With over 23 years of project leadership and management experience for small to large size companies, Mary has built departments, program/portfolio management capabilities and infrastructure. She has supported multiple regulatory filings and agency engagements and due diligence efforts, as well as evaluation of potential in-licensing opportunities. Mary also holds expertise in alliance management and risk management components, managing the relationship within the contractual confines, setting up governance and decision making, managing/leading the joint steering committee, conflict resolution between parties, as well as at the time of a proposed collaboration, to provide feedback on the language and potential impact. Her experience spans multiple therapeutic areas, platforms and routes of administration. In addition, Mary testified before the US Congress and successfully lobbied to streamline the drug approval process, expand access to experimental drugs for the terminally ill, and establish off-protocol pathways, resulting in the provisions in the 1997 FDA Modernization Act.

Mary K. Shean holds a B.A. in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from Duke University with a certificate in Genetics. She serves on the New Managers Boot Camp Panel for the Haas Business School, University of California, Berkeley. For over a decade, Mary also was a board member and national representative for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Lymphoma Research Foundation (formerly Cure for Lymphoma).

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