Cedars-Sinai Biomanufacturing Center

Cedars-Sinai Biomanufacturing Center (CBC) is a 22,000 square foot, state-of-the-art biomanufacturing facility located in West Hollywood, California. The CBC is comprised of a cGMP cell manufacturing facility, housing multiple cleanroom cell production suites, and process development rooms for producing the next generation of cell and gene therapies.

These new therapies will be used for human IND-enabling clinical trials. With combined expertise and a cGMP-compliant approach to manufacture cells at scale, the CBC will overcome many challenges by building innovative technologies, connecting protocols, up-scaling of processes and achieving Food and Drug Administration standards for all steps involved to bring innovative cell therapy solutions to researchers and translation scientists. With our world-class expertise in stem cell (iPSC) biology, bioprocessing, translational medicine and manufacturing, the CBC is providing a much-needed biomanufacturing center in Southern California.

Our GMP manufacturing facility includes seven process suites for producing the next generation of cell and gene therapies. There is also nearly 5,000 square feet of dedicated adjacent cell culture lab space for incorporating practical stem cell training, practical modules and education of the next generation of scientists specializing in biomanufacturing.

To support scalable expansion of cells in defined cGMP-compatible media, we have the latest clinical-grade cell sorters, scalable bioreactor systems and automated cell harvesting.

Equipment in the CBC supports academic, clinical and commercial researchers and investigators to provide for the development and scalable manufacture of clinical-grade cell therapy products in compliance with current cGMP regulations suitable for investigational use in humans; development of iPSC-based and gene-edited cell products for research and drug discovery programs; and training of multiple individuals per week in iPSC and cGMP technologies.

Who we serve:

  • Cedars-Sinai faculty
  • External academic organizations
  • Commercial and industry clients

We expect to spur economic growth in regenerative medicine with innovative manufacturing in this region of clinical-grade regenerative therapies suitable for investigational use in humans.

Quality Policy

The CBC is committed to manufacturing the highest quality innovative cell and gene therapy products that meet or exceed our customers’ requirements and expectations. We apply good scientific practices to provide diverse quality products and services. As dedicated partners in biomanufacturing, we pledge to provide the highest levels of quality and safety of the manufactured products through robust and effective quality systems, process controls, rigorous performance criteria and testing.

We will strive to maintain compliance with cGMP regulations, with a focus on continuous improvement, monitoring and measurement of our core process metrics to ensure effectiveness.

Our Team

Leadership

Dhruv Sareen, PhD

Executive Director, Biomanufacturing Center, Executive Director, Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Core Facility, Adjunct Associate Professor, UCLA, Department of Medicine, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences

Peter S. Park, JD

Director, Business Operations, Tech Transfer

Advisory Board

Clive N. Svendsen, PhD

Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, Kerry and Simone Vickar Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Regenerative Medicine, Director, Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, Professor, Medicine, Professor, Biomedical Sciences

James D. Laur, JD

Vice President, Intellectual Property

Nicole Anderson Leonard, JD, MBA

Vice Dean, Vice President, Academic Affairs
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Nirdesh K. Gupta, PhD

Managing Director, Technology Ventures

Management

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Loren A. Ornelas, MBA

Manager, Admin and iPSC Core
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Lakshman Balajepalli

Manager, Quality Assurance
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Jonathan Rodriguez, PhD

Manager, Quality Control
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Peter Cho

Manager, GMP Manufacturing
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Zachary Grodzinski

Program Manager, GMP

Administration

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KiKi Hasson

Lead Administrative Assistant

Itzel Sanchez

Senior Administrative Assistant

Process Development

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Avinash Srivastava, PhD

Biomedical Scientist 2
Joseph Roth

Arwin Aghamaleky-Sarvestany, PhD

Associate Biomedical Scientist 2
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Disheet Shah, PhD

Associate Biomedical Scientist 2

GMP Manufacturing

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Mehul Zaveri, PhD

Manufacturing Supervisor, Biomedical Scientist 2
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Lindsay Panther

Biomedical Scientist 2
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Weidong Xiong, PhD

Biomedical Scientist 2
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Joseph Ignatius Irudayam PhD

Associate Biomedical Scientist 2
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Hanan Shaharuddin

Associate Biomedical Scientist 1
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Emilda Gomez, MS

Associate Biomedical Scientist 2
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Bindu Konda, PhD

Associate Biomedical Scientist 2
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Richard Tran, PhD

Associate Biomedical Scientist 2
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Dylan West

Associate Biomedical Scientist 1
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Elissa Troisi

Associate Biomedical Scientist 2
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Ava Young

Biomedical Specialist 2
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Lucas Jackson

Biomedical Specialist 1
Joseph Roth

Joseph Roth

Biomedical Specialist 1
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Yunny Lopez

Biomedical Technician 2

Katherinne Diaz

Biomedical Technician 2

Vy Tran

Biomedical Technician 2

Eya Johnson

Biomedical Technician 1
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Kevin Mak

Biomedical Technician 2
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Jorge Sanchez

Biomedical Technician 1
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Jon-Jon Salon

Biomedical Assistant 2

Ignacio Joaquin

Biomedical Assistant 2

Cristal Gonzalez Colmenares

Biomedical Assistant 2
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Anna Tiara Basa

Biomedical Assistant 1

Trevon Sistrunk

Biomedical Assistant 1
Joseph Roth

David Gutierrez

Support Services Lead
Joseph Roth

Andre Cunningham

Materials Handler 2
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Antonio Ulloa

Materials Handler 1

iPSC Core

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Aaron Frank

Associate Biomedical Scientist 1
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Imara Meepe

Biomedical Specialist 2
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Erick Galvez

Biomedical Specialist 2
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Susan Lei

Biomedical Specialist 1

Andy Perez

Biomedical Technician 1

Jorge Briseno

Biomedical Assistant 1

Quality Assurance

Joseph Roth

Akemi Daly

Quality Assurance Lead 3
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Angela Chen

Quality Assurance Lead 2
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Linda Tong

Quality Assurance Specialist 2
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Michelle Gift Jose

Quality Assurance Associate

Quality Control

Lmar Babrak, PhD

Biomedical Scientist 2

O'Dalee Balana

Biomedical Scientist 2

Ram Dodia

Biomedical Specialist 2

Chunyan Liu

Associate Biomedical Scientist 2
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Andrew Tang

Biomedical Technician 2
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Ruby Moran

Biomedical Technician 2
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Louis Pinedo

Biomedical Technician 2

Tatei Fonseca-Torres

Biomedical Technician 1

Richard Sato

Biomedical Technician 1

Facilities

Gerson Ramos

Supervisor, Facilities
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Jason Macias

Maintenance Tech III
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Jay Tharakulprateep

Maintenance Tech 1

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