James Dean Vogel, P.E. is the Founder and Director of The BioProcess Institute (BPI). He has more than 35 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries including expertise in facility design, operations management, fit-for-use testing, performance and exposure testing, bioprocess engineering and biopharmaceutical manufacturing. He currently serves as Director of The University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy’s GMP facility and as the leader of its Introduction to Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing program. Jim’s consulting expertise lies in all areas and all levels of engineering, management, cGMP, and single-use applications. He also facilitated Single-Use News Letters, a free collaborative online resource for information and updates on the exploding role of Single-Use Technologies in the world of bioprocess science. Jim is a dedicated member of the following volunteer industry organizations: ASME’s BioProcess Equipment (BPE) Standard Committee, ASME BPE Sealing Components Subcommittee, NHAAD’s Hose Safety Institute Advisory Council, ASTM, BPSA, PDA, and ISPE. He is a past member of ISA, IFT and AAMI. He also serves as an expert witness for legal cases involving biopharmaceutical and related industries. Jim is a licensed professional engineer in NJ, has a Masters of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University. When Mr. Vogel is not at The BioProcess Institute, he stays busy with his family in Rhode Island, plays tennis, races his bicycle, and tries to sail.
Kristen Riley, Testing Coordinator for The BioProcess Institute, is a chemical engineer with 23 years of industry experience. Kristen designs and conducts third-party testing services for clients in the Biopharmaceutical industry, and she also leads BPI’s analytical team for clients seeking ISO, USP, and FDA compliance for components/materials used in biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes. For clients needing to understand the failure of a component or material, Kristen works with them to define the scope and to obtain specialist expertise from a network of laboratories to determine the root cause of the failure – utilizing analyses like FTIR, SEM/EDX, and XPS. With two decades of experience in the chemical industry, she is a results-oriented professional with a proven track record in business and operations management, marketing, and process safety engineering. Prior to joining BPI, Kristen was the Vice President and Laboratory Director of Ceimic Corporation, where she led the company to become the nation’s premier analytical laboratory for Department of Defense and EPA contract analyses. In this role, Kristen was responsible for business development, sales forecasting, contract negotiation, marketing, pricing, project management, and supervision of chemists. She also consulted as a Marketing Director for the startup of the company’s Brazilian subsidiary in São Paulo. Prior to her employment at Ceimic, Kristen led the OSHA 1910.119 process safety management (PSM) program for Clariant Corporation and was the site’s Utilities Supervisor. Kristen is a member of AIChE and was formerly the President of the Rhode Island Chapter. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island’s International Engineering Program (IEP), she holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, a B.A. degree in German, and an M.B.A. and serves on IEP’s Advisory Board. Kristen lives in West Kingston, RI with her husband and two children. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys cardio fitness, paddle boarding, cooking and baking, knitting, and crocheting.
Maureen (Moe) Eustis is Technical Communications Coordinator at The BioProcess Institute. She is in charge of the technical writing, website and social media communications support. She is also responsible for photograph and presentation editing, as well as video production, media relations and marketing. Moe earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two children She is a watercolor artist and aspiring novelist.
Joseph Serdakowski, Ph.D., P.E. M.B.A. serves as an affiliate of The BioProcess Institute and is an expert in commercial and custom computer related products spanning the areas of data acquisition and control, simulation and modeling, numerical analysis, chemical process design and manufacturing management information systems design. Prior to joining The BioProcess Institute, Joe founded AutoSoft Systems in 1983. His professional approach, then and now, focuses on combining the collective wisdom of the workforce with a detailed knowledge of physical laws and 30 years of experience in chemical process manufacturing. (He remains AutoSoft’s chief technical guru.) For 30 years, Dr. Serdakowski has been spearheading various design and manufacturing projects involving sophisticated software, hardware, video and automated monitoring systems. For a complete description of his professional projects and achievements, please visit the website www.autosoftsystems.com. Dr. Serdakowski earned a BS Ch.E. cum laude, as well as an MBA, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his PhD in Engineering from Brown University. Joe is a well published Registered Professional Engineer as well as an avid swimmer, pianist and wood worker.
Ray Cipollini provides Information Technology support for The BioProcess Institute. Prior to joining BPI, Ray worked for many years in the financial securities industry as well as insurance services, and information and publishing. He was a Network Specialist in Fixed Income Trading Operations and LAN Technology Services for Merrill Lynch. He also served as a LAN Systems and Communication Manager for American International Group, as well as a Communications Systems Programmer for Dun & Bradstreet Technology and Business Systems. Mr. Cipollini earned a BS in Business Administration from Centenory College, as well as an AAS in Computer Information Systems from County College of Morris. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional.
Guinness came to The BioProcess Institute in 2010 from Tennessee. He has a nose for bioprocessing and assists with day-to-day business operations, unless there are deer within a 30 mile radius. Then he’s gone.
Brickley, who is named after the iconic Rhode Island homemade ice cream store, joined us last year. She is currently in training and eager to learn. Her duties include welcoming visitors and begging.