Ms. Essex is the recognized expert in Contamination Control for Sanofi Biologics manufacturers. She leads a community of Contamination Control and Sterility Assurance leaders from across the global Sanofi network.
Ms. Essex’s undergraduate education focused on Biology and Microbiology and she holds two graduate degrees in Bioengineering. Over the past 15 years, she has held various positions in Contamination Control and Microbiological Quality Control at established biologics companies, biologics contract manufacturers, and emerging biotechnology firms working in mammalian, microbial and stem cell systems.
Through the course of her career, Ms. Essex has built strong technical expertise in all aspects of contamination control including facility, utility, and process design, and cleaning validation. She is also well versed in microbiological test methodology and Quality Risk Management.
Cheryl believes that good control requires a solid foundation of rules, but excellent control requires an understanding of principles applied with good judgment. For this reason, she puts a strong emphasis on awareness and education for front-line staff.