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Ana Lenassi Zupan

Medvode

Summary

Highly engaged and self-motivated professional experienced in leadership, team development and process improvement.

Skilled in developing and implementing strategies to increase efficiency and performance. Passionate about creating positive and motivating work environment, positively impacting personal growth and also company success.


Overview

24
24
years of professional experience

Work History

Associate Director Bioprocess Development

Novartis D.o.o
2022.02 - Current
  • Led 5 teams of up to 65 personnel, covering cell line development, genetic characterization, cell banking and laboratory & pilot scale drug substance bioprocess development.
  • Fostered a culture of continuous improvement, focusing especially on improving digitalization and development and implementation of CFD modelling.
  • Assisted senior leadership in managing all aspects of operations.

Group Head Cell and Molecular Biology

Novartis/ Lek Pharmaceuticals D.d.
2021.04 - 2022.02
  • Focused on strategic leadership development.
  • Lead 2 teams with cca. 20 associates.
  • Developed team leads through coaching and mentoring.
  • Prioritized tasks and allocated resources appropriately to keep teams focused and productive.

Team Lead Cell Line Development

Sandoz / Lek Pharmaceuticals, D.d
2016.04 - 2021.04
  • Promoted a positive work environment by fostering teamwork, open communication, and employee recognition.
  • Enhanced overall team performance by providing regular coaching, feedback, and skill development opportunities.
  • Fostered innovative culture and process improvement initiative.

Quality Assurance Manager

Lek Pharmaceuticals D.d
2012.07 - 2016.04
  • QA Manager focused primarily on analytics
  • Supported deviation handling, CAPAs, root-cause investigations, method validations and transfers in QC department
  • Conducted process and system internal audits to identify areas of improvement and enforce compliance with industry standards.
  • Supported GCA and FDA audits

Associate Researcher

National Institute Of Chemistry
2005.01 - 2012.07
  • Worked on research projects
  • Developed project management skills
  • Lead of ARRS research project: Recombinant vaccine against avian influenza and EPO Biobetter – Protein ReDesign (collaboration with Lek d.d.)

Young Researcher

National Institute Of Chemistry
2000.04 - 2004.12
  • Research work on expression of fusion proteins labelled with GFP in methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris.


Education

Ph.D. - Biotechnology

University of Ljubljana
Ljubljana, SI
11.2004

Bachelor of Science - Microbiology

University of Ljubljana
Ljubljana, SI
10.1999

Skills

  • Strategic leadership
  • Decision-Making
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Employee Coaching and Mentoring
  • Process optimization
  • Regulatory Compliance

Timeline

Associate Director Bioprocess Development

Novartis D.o.o
2022.02 - Current

Group Head Cell and Molecular Biology

Novartis/ Lek Pharmaceuticals D.d.
2021.04 - 2022.02

Team Lead Cell Line Development

Sandoz / Lek Pharmaceuticals, D.d
2016.04 - 2021.04

Quality Assurance Manager

Lek Pharmaceuticals D.d
2012.07 - 2016.04

Associate Researcher

National Institute Of Chemistry
2005.01 - 2012.07

Young Researcher

National Institute Of Chemistry
2000.04 - 2004.12

Ph.D. - Biotechnology

University of Ljubljana

Bachelor of Science - Microbiology

University of Ljubljana
Ana Lenassi Zupan