Robert D.  Kiss - Distinguished Engineer and Senior Director, BioProcess Development (Cell Culture)

Robert D. Kiss

Distinguished Engineer and Senior Director, BioProcess Development (Cell Culture)

Staff Scientist
"What inspired me to become a scientist/engineer? An intense desire to understand why technical systems work, and why they don't work. In my area, this translates into spending a lot of time 'listening to the cells'."
24
Years at Genentech
16
Publications
5
Awards & Honors

I received my B. S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Davis. After working in microelectronics fabrication for a year, and observing the emergence of the biotech industry, I decided to go to graduate school to help move into Biotech. I received my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with my thesis focused on metabolic controls for amino acid-producing fermentations, under Professor Gregory Stephanopoulos. After working as the only chemical engineer at IDEC Pharmaceuticals on the design of their clinical production facility in La Jolla, I joined GNE in 1993 when IDEC relocated all operations to San Diego.

At Genentech, I was extremely fortunate to work on the cell culture processes, including the initial worldwide licensures, of two well-known molecules. I have spent about 15 years doing cell culture process development and 5 years doing manufacturing technical support (MSAT). My current role is as the head of Late Stage Cell Culture in the BioProcess Development department.

Featured Publication

Practicing Safe Cell Culture: Applied Process Designs for Minimizing Virus Contamination Risks.

PDA J. of Pharm. Sci. and Tech., 65:6, 715-729 (2011).

Kiss, R.