Dr. Patel has over 18 years of global biopharma and biotech leadership experience, providing strategic guidance throughout the entire biologic product life cycle. Dr. Patel is responsible for critical oversight of Global Manufacturing, Quality, and Supply Chain to produce Clinical and Commercial therapies utilizing Calidi’s innovative cell-based delivery of oncolytic virus.
Over the course of his career, he has led the development of over fifteen INDs, two commercial product approvals, and numerous PAS submissions. He was most recently the Senior Director of Product Development at Emergent BioSolutions (formerly PaxVax, Inc., prior to acquisition), where he successfully built and directed cross-functional teams working on numerous technology platforms. Dr. Patel has served on several in-license, out license, and mergers and acquisition deals. Dr. Patel’s work at Emergent included extensive experience with a wide range of biologics, including viral vectors, virus-like particles, nanoparticle formulations, and bacterial products. He served as an Operations excellence council member.
Prior to Emergent, Dr. Patel led the technical development of oral insulin delivery technology at Ansun Biopharma and cell transplantation therapy for patients with diabetes at MicroIslet. He currently serves as a member of the UCI Customer Experience Advisory Board, and the global Operational Excellence Council, and frequently gives back to the scientific community by participating in NIH review panels.
Dr. Patel received Ph.D. in Engineering/Nanotechnology and MS in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana specializing in using nanotechnology tools for enzyme and DNA encapsulation and delivery funded by a NASA grant. He has Bachelors of Engineering in Chemical from Poona University, India.