Our people
An introduction to some of the people at the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

Gopalan Pillai

Analytical Development Scientist

I was told that the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult was being set up with government funding and state-of-the-art facilities were planned to house the research capabilities at Guy’s in London.

I saw this as a positive commitment to progress an area of research which is likely to advance and make significant contributions to health worldwide making it an exciting place to work.

Jesper Jorgensen

Market Analysis Executive

The best thing about working at the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult is the working environment. It’s an unpretentious organisation where everyone seems genuinely happy to be working.

I saw this as a positive commitment to progress an area of research which is likely to advance and make significant contributions to health worldwide making it an exciting place to work.

Panos Kefalas

Head of Health Economics and Market Access

Cell and gene therapies have the potential to provide therapeutic breakthroughs with significant incremental benefits to patients and healthcare systems, well over and above other types of medicines, especially for populations with large unmet clinical need.

It is a very fulfilling pursuit to be working on enabling the development, reimbursement and adoption of such therapies by healthcare systems. And with expert teams in pre-clinical, clinical, regulatory, manufacturing and market access for advanced therapies, a strong R&D portfolio as well as a state-of-the art manufacturing centre, the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult is an organisation at the forefront of healthcare innovation.

Jahid Hasan

Process Development Scientist

Working here enables me to contribute to the translation of ground-breaking medical research for the benefit of patients. There’s a great atmosphere and belief with everyone striving to achieve the same goals.

The company provides opportunities to expand your knowledge and understanding of all aspects of cell and gene therapy. Job satisfaction is great as the nature of the field means it’s constantly challenging you.

Adeyemi Afuwape

Lead Process Development Scientist - Immunotherapies

The Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult has been entrusted by the Government, through the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to advise, facilitate and ultimately grow this section of the economy and I was attracted to the idea of being a part of that.

Whatever your background, be it commercial, scientific or operational, there are very few organisations like the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult which has such a significant impact on an exciting developing industry.

Zain Moola

Regulatory Affairs Manager

The role of Regulatory Affairs at the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult is to deliver Cell and Gene based products to the market that meet the needs of the patient and adhere to the relevant legislation.  Our involvement at the Catapult begins in the early stages of product development through to manufacturing, clinical research and the marketing authorisation stages.

Imagine the satisfaction and kudos of working at the UK’s highly respected, first and only Centre of Excellence for Advanced Therapy Medicinal Product programmes. Then imagine contributing to the advancement of innovative treatment regimens that will make a huge difference to patients’ lives in the future. Now imagine how the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult can be the place for you and how you will be proud to say that you helped make a difference.

Deven Gajjar

QC Specialist 

I am new to the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult but knew early on that working at the manufacturing centre in Stevenage would be a remarkable experience for me. 

The idea of collaborative work with science and innovation firms opens a whole new dimension for the cell and gene therapy industry. As a QC Specialist I will be able to provide my expertise and knowledge to our QC team in the opening of the manufacturing center to help bring cell and gene therapies to the market in the UK and internationally. I believe the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult will set a benchmark for the future of science and technology in the UK and globally.

Giulia Leoni

Senior Non-Clinical Study Manager 

When I first joined the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult I was so thrilled to be part of a young and dynamic organisation striving to make an immediate, tangible impact within the field of advanced therapies and regenerative medicine. 

What I enjoy most about working here is the continuous exposure to a diverse range of cutting-edge therapies and technologies and seeing them progressing through the various development stages. The environment is highly multidisciplinary and cross functional providing a unique platform to interact with people from different areas of expertise and gain full understanding of what it takes to bring novel cell based therapies into a clinical reality.

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