Describe your experience on the PDA task force developing a standard for cryopreservation in cell therapy manufacturing? So far, it has been an informative and rewarding experience. PDA staff have been incredibly helpful and allowed me to assemble a great team that is knowledgeable and passionate about addressing a critical gap that must be crossed to bring cell therapies from the benchtop to the bedside.
Why did you decide to volunteer for PDA? I was approached by PDA staff after speaking at a 2015 conference and was impressed by PDA's mission to provide vital guidance to both academic and industry professionals alike. I joined PDA and began volunteering shortly afterward.
Of your PDA volunteer experiences, which have you enjoyed the most? As a member of the organizing committee behind the 2019 PDA Cell and Gene Therapy Conference, I had a front seat view of the process from conception through realization. This particular conference has experienced rapid growth over the past three years, and participants continue to tell me how much the content has helped them in their respective organizations.
What is your advice for other volunteers? Be patient and persistent to identify the right volunteer opportunity. Once that opportunity appears, use the time to learn as much as possible from the experts to make your volunteer experience as rewarding as possible.
What are some topics you would like to see covered at future PDA events? Data integrity, data analytics and general data protection regulations.
Who is one of your heroes? Thomas Jefferson. I wish I could go back in time and meet him to understand the complexities and incongruencies of a man who wrote some of the most important documents in American history.