Waisman Biomanufacturing Leadership

Carl Ross is the Associate Director of Waisman Biomanufacturing and is responsible for oversight of the highly trained staff and well-equipped facility. Mr. Ross has been with WB since its inception in 2001, participating in the design of GMP manufacturing, quality, and project management systems. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Ross served as a project manager and Manager of Process Development for WB, advancing a wide range of cell and gene therapies, vaccines, and therapeutic proteins into human clinical trials. Additionally, Mr. Ross spent over 10 years in industry developing and optimizing novel fermentation processes in the pharmaceutical, environmental, and agricultural sectors. Previous roles included serving as Fermentation Plant Manager at InterBio (The Woodlands, TX) and as Senior Process Scientist at Valentis/Gene Medicine (The Woodlands, TX). At Gene Medicine, he was primarily involved in the development and execution of fermentation and purification processes used in producing plasmid DNA for clinical applications. Mr. Ross received his B.S. in Microbiology from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and M.S. in Project Management from University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He also holds the PMP certification from the Project Management Institute and the RAC certification from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.

John Welp is the Manager of Operations for Waisman Biomanufacturing.  Mr. Welp has a B.S. and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and over 20 years of experience in industry developing manufacturing processes for biotherapeutics.  Mr. Welp previously served as the Director of Process Development at Powderject Vaccines (Madison, WI) and Director of Integrated Manufacturing at GeneMedicine Inc. (Woodlands, TX) where he was primarily involved in the development of manufacturing processes for DNA vaccines and plasmid DNA gene therapeutics.  Mr. Welp is primarily responsible for coordinating the activities of manufacturing personnel and ensuring that the equipment and facility are maintained, calibrated, validated and monitored according to WB Standard Operating Policies and cGMP guidelines.

Tim Sparks joined Waisman Biomanufacturing in September 2004 as Manager of Quality Assurance.  Mr. Sparks received his B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in 1980 and an M.S. in Management from Cardinal Stritch University in 1998.  He has over twenty years of experience in Quality working for Abbott Diagnostics Division (Abbott Park, IL) and Pel-Freez Clinical Systems (Brown Deer, WI).  In his previous positions at Abbott Diagnostics Division, Mr. Sparks served as a Quality Manager and Quality Supervisor and was responsible for maintaining quality records and standard operating procedures, assuring adherence to corporate quality system requirements, supporting validation efforts, and conducting internal and external audits.  His primary area of responsibility within WB is supervision of Quality Assurance and Quality Control.  He is also responsible for overseeing the Quality System, batch record review, and release of final product from Waisman.

Ross O. Meyers, Ph.D. is the Manager of Quality Control at Waisman Biomanufacturing.  Dr. Meyers has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, CALS and the Arizona Cancer Center Tucson, AZ.  His foundations of study are in Cancer Chemotherapeutics, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology. His early research was at Rush University, Chicago, IL in protein structure-function studies and related mechanisms of arthritic cartilage damage. He joined the Arizona Cancer Center Therapeutic Development Program in 1993 where he researched chemotherapeutics; including pharmacokinetics, pharmacologic mechanism of action studies and related bioanalytical method development. He led a group of scientists in analytical R&D for the validation of biopharmaceutical methods at the PPD GMP labs, Madison, WI from 2006 to 2011. He joined Waisman Biomanufacturing in June of 2011. He leads a group supporting cGMP quantitative and qualitative QC testing and methods development for manufactured products.  The Quality Control group is responsible for the execution and management of in-house and out-sourced QC testing, documentation, data review and approval. The QC group manages and maintains cleanroom environmental monitoring.

Brian Dattilo, Ph.D. is the Manager of Business Development at Waisman Biomanufacturing. Dr. Dattilo received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Vanderbilt University where he focused on recombinant protein production, purification, and analytical characterization. Prior to Waisman Dr. Dattilo was in public service serving as a Program Manager at the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), where he was responsible for a multi-million dollar development budget supporting novel platform technologies and their application to vaccine, biological therapeutic, and diagnostic development for pandemic influenza and biodefense applications.  Since joining WB in 2012 he has led client interaction, technical product development plan development, project budgeting and cost estimation, and built business cases for new platform investment.