The key role of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) in vaccine technology development: an overview

Part of the BTEC 2020–21 Seminar Series

Friday, Mar. 26, 2021
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
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Philippe-Alexandre Gilbert, Ph.D.
Philippe-Alexandre Gilbert, Ph.D.

Speaker: Philippe-Alexandre Gilbert, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer CMC
Vaccine Development and Surveillance group
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

“One world- one health” can only be accomplished if vaccines are available to all and at an affordable price. To ensure a sustainable supply of high-quality, affordable biologics and vaccines, our Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Control (CMC) domain provides advice to all of our disease areas on improving the cost and manufacturability of their vaccines. This presentation will address our funding strategy, mode of action, and overview of our breakthrough vaccine technology portfolio.

Presented by the Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Interest Group (BMIG)

About the presenter

Philippe-Alexandre Gilbert was born in Quebec City, Canada. He is a Biochemistry graduate of the University of Ottawa.  He subsequently received his Masters's degree in Molecular Biology and his Chemical Engineering Ph.D. at Laval University. For 20 years now, Philippe has built a solid expertise in bioprocesses for the production of vaccines, gene therapy vectors and oncolytic viruses for cancer therapy.  He has had the privilege of working for both Academia (Robarts-Schulich in Canada and the Emerging Pathogen Institute at the University of Florida) and the private sector with Sanofi-Pasteur, MedImmune Vaccines, Novartis Vaccines, and GSK Vaccines. In both North America and Europe, Philippe has led task forces for the development of vaccines for HIV, RSV, CMV, SARS, Influenza, and COVID. Philippe was, just recently, responsible for the Flu Technology Group at Sanofi Pasteur for the development of the Next Generation Flu vaccine. He joined the Vaccine Development and Surveillance (VDS) group at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as Senior Program Officer CMC. Philippe is the father of Charles, Catherine, and Thomas and resides with his wife Johanne and children in Cary, NC.