Sanjin Zvonić, Ph.D.

Vice President, Business Development & Practice Expert

An established leader in business development, product development, manufacturing, and technical operations of cell-based therapeutics.

About Sanjin

Dr. Zvonić is a cell and molecular biologist with a strong technical/scientific background in physiology, stem cell biology, and cell therapy CMC development.

After earning his Doctorate in Cell and Molecular Biology Dr. Zvonić continued on to a post-doctoral position at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center where he contributed to the development of methodologies for the isolation and culture of human adipose stem cells (ASC) from several sources, and later utilized ASCs to develop a human in vitro model for circadian biology studies. He then transitioned onto a second post-doctoral role at Tulane University, where he directed the technology transfer and development of bone marrow-derived MSC manufacturing and analytical methods in the in-house GMP production facility.

In 2009, Dr. Zvonić joined PCT, where he focused on client engagement and technology transfer into PCT, giving him a comprehensive understanding of cell therapy development, manufacturing and commercialization requirements and strategies, as well as organizational growth and development.

In 2014, he joined Novartis Cell and Gene Therapy Unit, where he focused on the development and commercialization of Novartis C/GT pipeline products.

Dr. Zvonić returned to PCT in 2016, with a focus on driving the growth and development of PCT’s clinical and commercial manufacturing business lines while integrating into Hitachi Chemical.

Upon transitioning to WindMIL Therapeutics in 2019, Dr. Zvonić lead the CMC development of WindMIL’s core technologies and pipeline products, while concurrently contributing to the organizational growth and development.

In his current role at Dark Horse Consulting, Dr. Zvonić is focused on strategic growth and development of the BD function, client engagement, and pipeline growth, while continuing to leverage his technical background as a Practice Expert on select projects.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Zvonić, S. (2021) Considerations for controlling the variability of raw biological materials in the manufacturing of autologous patient-specific therapies. Cell & Gene Therapy Insights 7 (2), 171–174
  • Shaw, R., Hampson, B., Zvonić, S. (2014) Business Model Considerations for Development of Cell Therapies. BioProcess International 12 (4), 10
  • Zvonić, S. (2013) Technology Transfer to a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO). BioProcess International 11 (7), 102
  • Zvonić, S. (2013) 10 Tips for Successful Cell Therapy Tech Transfer. Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, Online Expert Tips
  • Zvonić, S. (2012) 10 Tips for Developing a Successful Cell Therapy. Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, Online Expert Tips
  • Zvonić, S. (2012) Managing the challenges of cell therapy product delivery in clinical and commercial settings. BioProcess International 10 (7), 26
  • Zvonić, S. (2011) Bench to bedside: Cell therapy development and commercialization roadmap. BioProcess International 9 (7), 24-25

PAST EXPERIENCE

WindMIL Therapeutics
Vice President, Product Development and Manufacturing

Hitachi Chemical Advanced Therapeutics Solutions (HCATS)
Senior Director, Business Leader, Clinical and Commercial Manufacturing

Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Senior Fellow, Technical Research & Development, Cell & Gene Therapy Unit

Progenitor Cell Therapy
Director, Technology Applications (prev. Director, Technology and Business Development)

EDUCATION

Louisiana State University
Ph.D. in Biological Sciences
B.S. in Biochemistry

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