Biography

As a student, Joshua worked in a chemical engineering research lab that was developing membranes for ultafiltration and pervaporation. Joshua performed tests on the membranes to characterize them, which mostly involved analyzing solutions using liquid chromatography.

Fresh out of college, Joshua held a position at the Eye Research Institute at Columbia University, where he gained valuable exposure to analytical chemistry and to computing infrastructure through projects to interface laboratory instruments to computers and to transfer and transform the resulting data. While atomic absorption spectrophotometry was interesting, it was the liquid chromatography that really caught Joshua's attention.

In his first industrial position, Joshua joined Pharmacia LKB Biotechnology (then a unit of Pharmacia, now a part of GE). His main focus was development of control systems for large-scale chromatography. During this time, he managed a project at the parent company in Sweden.

In positions at Lederle Laboratories (then a unit of American Cyanamid, now a part of Wyeth) and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Joshua started up and operated large-scale GMP chromatography and cross-flow filtration operations. In a project management role at Regeneron, he led the engineering effort for a project to acquire, renovate, and equip a biopharmaceutical manufacturing plant. Other projects included setting up a calibration program and programming a building management system. Process development experience included optimizing chromatography conditions.

At AbbVie Bioresearch Center (formerly BASF Bioresearch Corporation, then Abbott Bioresearch Center), Joshua supported campaign-based production as a process engineer. Then, as Quality Engineering Manager, he developed and managed the validation program for all equipment, facility, utility, computer and large-scale process validation. As the site continuous improvement manager, he used Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing to lead teams improving processes and eliminating waste.

As Associate Director, Engineering, he led a department that included the maintenance, utilities, project engineering, controls engineering and validation engineering functions for the site. Implementation of Class A was a major focus in 2009-2010. Knowledge management has been an area of emphasis for over a decade.

As Manager, Energy & Utilities, he focused on energy efficiency projects.

Currently, Joshua is Manager, Business Excellence, at AbbVie Bioresearch Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, with responsibility for initiatives with significant impact on efficiency and effectiveness. A major current initiative is implementation of a human performance program at the site.

Joshua holds a BA in pre-engineering from Columbia College and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University. He is a member of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, a member of the Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board and Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 54.

 

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