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Stephen W. Drew is a former Distinguished Senior Scientist at Merck & Co., Inc. where his responsibilities encompassed the development of new process technologies for biologics and pharmaceutical manufacturing and technology transfer. Since retirement from Merck, he has founded two new companies (Drew Solutions LLC, a direct consulting firm and Science Partners LLC, an advocacy company for medicines and technologies) that support the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Prior to his retirement, he held vice presidential positions of responsibility at Merck & Co., Inc. as the VP of Vaccine Science and Technology, the VP of Vaccine Operations, and the VP of Technical Operations & Engineering. He joined Merck in 1981 to create the Department of Biochemical Engineering. At Merck, he contributed to the process development and manufacture of several conventional and recombinant microbial products ranging from antibiotics to vaccines.
Dr. Drew has expertise in the following areas: manufacturing processes for human and animal vaccines; recombinant biologics; chemical, biological and engineering technology for bulk manufacture of pharmaceuticals and biologics; capital project engineering; process engineering; and fermentation, cell culture, isolation and purification processes for sterile products.
Dr. Drew received his B.S. and an M.S. in food science from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1993 and is a member of several professional organizations serving interests in chemical engineering, chemistry and biology. He has held offices in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Microbiology, and the Society for Industrial Microbiology, and is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He has served as Chairman of the advisory committee to the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation. He is a member of two standing committees of the National Research Council (NRC) and has participated in many NRC studies.