2020-04-19

5 questions to Dr. Jost Weber, Head of Pilot Plant

What is your main task at c-LEcta? 

I will mainly take care of our pilot and production line. The pilot plant is always an interface between process development and production. It is all about mapping processes developed on "laboratory equipment" with equipment on a larger scale as well as adapting recipes and procedures. Data and experience for technology transfer are collected, which form the basis for scaling up with external producers. At the same time, we produce a wide range of products: from samples for application testing, regulatory batches and products for market supply. We have to ensure that the plant runs stably and reliably, that we meet all the requirements with regard to safety for employees, environmental protection, biological safety and, last but not least, quality assurance. All this is necessary to ensure that we can always deliver the required quantity of product in the required quality at the desired time. 

What are your plans for this year? 

I think the most important thing is that we manage this year in a healthy and safe way. An exciting task will certainly be to bring together the new and old colleagues in the pilot plant with me as another "newcomer" to form a well-functioning team. The department has recently grown to 12 employees in a short time. We also serve many internal and external interfaces that need to be maintained. I also see an important function of the pilot plant in sensitizing the entire company to the needs of production.  

What experience do you bring along? 

An engineering education, experience in production, process development, scale-up and tech transfer of processes for nutraceuticals and the pharmaceutical industry. From Stevia to tumor antigen, from HACCP to cGMP, from µg to triple-digit ton scale - it's all been there. 

What do you enjoy most about your job? / What fascinates you about
biotechnology? 

I find bioprocesses super exciting. If it wasn't my profession, it would probably be my hobby. The fascinating thing is to get the complexity of the processes under control.  

Why did you choose c-LEcta? 

As someone who studied and did his doctorate in the field of bioprocess engineering at the TU Dresden, c-LEcta was always a company to notice. I have followed its development with great interest all these years. I liked the sustainable development of c-LEcta. When the opportunity for a change arose, I wavered a little. Did I have a job where I was working on an exciting biopharmaceutical technology and should I leave my home southwest again? In the end, I was attracted by the task of being responsible for a team and being a member of a company, whose focus is increasingly developing into a manufacturing biotech company.