Frank Ritacco, Ph.D.

Director, Scientific & Technical Affairs, Pharma Services
New Jersey, USA

Key roles and responsibilities

  • Bioprocess sciences subject matter expert (SME) for biologics drug substance development and manufacturing, supporting global sales and marketing in a customer-facing strategic role
  • Lead new technology development and scientific strategy for the bioprocess sciences team, driving and overseeing collaborations with internal and external partners for the evaluation and development of new technologies, with strategic emphasis on publication, presentation, employee development and scientific recognition
  • Responsible for building and leading a team of SMEs within bioprocess sciences, who provide technical project oversight and customer service, and who also support the sales, marketing, and proposal management teams on scientific and technical aspects of biologics process development and manufacturing capabilities

Professional highlights

  • Pharmaceutical research and development scientist and manager with supervisory, research, and cGMP manufacturing responsibilities
  • Career spans over twenty-four years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, with experience working in big pharma, small biotech, and CDMO environments
  • While at Bristol-Meyers Squibb, contributed to the approval and launch of Opdivo® by working on late-stage process characterization and BLA filing
  • Experienced leader of cross-functional process development teams, successfully advancing new biologic molecules into clinical manufacturing and regulatory filings, to help deliver novel treatments to patients in need
  • Multiple publications in high-impact journals and frequent presenter at national and international conferences


  • Doctor of Philosophy in microbiology and molecular genetics from Rutgers University, NJ
  • Master of Science in microbiology and molecular genetics from Rutgers University, NJ
  • Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from Cook College, Rutgers University, NJ

Scientific expertise

  • Highly experienced in the development of cell lines, media, and culture conditions for the production of recombinant proteins and naturalmetabolites, as well as bioreactor operation, scale-up, cGMP manufacturing and technology transfer
  • Research experience and skills include both mammalian cell culture and microbial fermentation (bacteria, yeast, filamentous fungi), process development, cellular physiology, and perfusion culture

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