Adora Padilla, Ph.D.

A Padilla

Head of Drug Product Development, Technical R&D, GSK Vaccines US

Dr. Padilla received her B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from James Madison University in 2000.  Following graduation she started her career in formulation development with Human Genome Sciences, Inc. where she worked on formulation and process development for several albumin fusion proteins in Phase I development.  In fall of 2003, she returned to school to pursue her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at The University of Connecticut under the direction of Dr. Michael J. Pikal, where she focused on lyophilized drug product development.   After completion of her Ph.D., she relocated to North Carolina where she worked for KBI Biopharma, Inc. as a formulation scientist.  She subsequently joined Eisai, Inc., a Japanese owned pharmaceutical company, gaining more experience in formulation and process development, as well as scale-up and technology transfer for several dosage forms including parenterals (liquid and lyo), topicals, liposomes, and lipid nanoparticles from early to late phase development.   In 2013, she joined Novartis Vaccines as a Senior Scientist and was quickly promoted to manage a team of scientists in Technical Development Drug Product.  In March 2015, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) acquired Novartis Vaccines.  In early 2016, Adora was promoted to build and lead the Drug Product Development function for the US vaccines organization of GSK in Rockville, MD, the first US-based R&D site for GSK. 

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