Dr. Stephen Craven earned his PhD from the School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, University College Dublin, where he developed bioprocess models for mammalian cell fermentations and also developed and applied advanced control strategies to PAT enabled bioprocesses. Dr. Craven currently works as the life sciences team leader within the Applied Process Company (APC) Ltd, Dublin. APC is one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical process engineering research and development companies.
- Why did you decide to do a webinar with Business Review Webinars?
I have been collaborating with Eppendorf for a number of years in the field of upstream bioprocess development. We recently decided to share the innovative knowledge gained from our collaboration which applies APCs BioACHIEVE™ engineering platform technogies and Eppendorf DASGIP® Parallel Bioreactor Systems. Business Review Webinars has a proven track record to be a world leader in providing webinar platforms for knowledge transfer on a wide range of topics.
- How did you get into the industry?
After graduating as a chemical and bioprocess engineer from University College Dublin, I decided to under take a PhD in the area of process analytical technology (PAT) and closed loop feedback control of bioprocesses. Upon completion of my postgraduate studies, I joined APC as a biopharmaceutical research engineer. APC offered the perfect arena for me to progress and apply my knowledge through the use of its BioACHIEVE™ engineering platform technologies developed to provide custom, large molecule bioprocess engineering solutions across the entire life cycle of development through manufacturing — from upstream, cell culture thru to downstream and fill-finish — including applications in bio-catalysis and bio-conjugates.
- What do you most enjoy about your role?
Within my role as life sciences team leader at APC, I have the oppurtunity to develop innovative bioprocess engineering solutions for the biopharmaceutical industry and transfer this knowledge to the R&D lab or production plant floor of our clients. Being able to contribute to the accelerated delivery of quality, life-changing medicines to the patient is always fullfilling and makes my job role worthwhile.
- What has been your best holiday and where would you recommend visiting?
My best holiday has to be a 3 month cultural exchange program to Long Island, New York I participated in at the end of my graduate studies.
I also highly recommend visiting the idyllic island of ilhabela located 6.5 kilomteteres off the coast of Sao Paulo state in Brazil. Ilhabela offers 4 kilometers of pristine beaches and a tropical island’s worth of hiking trails.
- What motivates you?
I would say my main motivation is working with a passionate, innovative team, working together to achieve the one goal of providing value to our clients and in turn the patient.