Your future in Cell and Gene Therapy

The BIA spotlights cell and gene therapy careers

Learn about the variety of roles in the cell and gene therapy sector from some of the inspiring people working in this field, including their motivations, career paths, and advice. This video series was developed with support from LifeArc. The videos were filmed at the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult’s Skills Training Labs in Stevenage.

Lara Devenish, Quality Control Associate Microbiologist at Autolus reflects on her cell and gene therapy career journey and encourages others to consider this rewarding career path. Lara began her journey in the production department, where she was actively involved in drug production.


Maria Rende, Process Technology Expert at Sartorius Stedim Biotech, believes the UK is at the forefront of cell and gene therapy research and development. She moved to the UK from Italy to be part of this exciting field, which she sees as a way to "make curable, the incurable."                                                                                                                                


Stefano Gritti, Associate Scientist CMC at Purespring Therapeutics, is developing analytical methods to support the development of gene therapies that transform the lives of patients with kidney diseases with cell and gene therapy.                                                                                                                                                                                    


James Kusena is the Vice President of Operations at MicrofluidX. His passion for cell and gene therapy stems from the opportunity to use science, technology, and innovation to solve some of the world's most challenging health problems.


Ian Parnham, Skills Programme Lead at Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult is passionate about training the next generation of talent in order to enable the sector to deliver life-changing products to patients.                                     


Anji Millier, Senior Business Manager at LifeArc, shares her insights on how individuals can enter the cell and gene therapy sector, while emphasizing the importance of continuous learning and adaptation.                                                                       


Chris Baker, Investment Principal at LifeArc Ventures, reflects on his career path so far and his motivations for working in the cell and gene therapy sector.                                                                                                                                               


Emilia Reyes Pabon, Apprentice Technician Scientist at the University of Oxford, explains the advantages of apprenticeships in providing hands-on experience alongside academic study.


We would like to thank LifeArc, the series sponsor, and Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, the filming location, for their support.



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Rosie Lindup