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Prof Suzanne Farid
Room 3.7 (Bernard Katz Building)
Dept Biochemical Engineering
Tel: +44 20 7679 4415
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  • Professor of Bioprocess Systems Engineering
  • Dept of Biochemical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Suzanne Farid is Professor of Bioprocess Systems Engineering in the UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering, Deputy Head of Department (Education), Co-Director of the EPSRC-funded Future Targeted Healthcare Manufacturing Hub, and Director of the UCL-AstraZeneca Centre of Excellence. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and a Fellow of Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE). 

Previous and current roles include the following appointments:

- Member, 100 Days Mission roundtable hosted by the UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor (2021)

- Member, MMIP Workstream on UK business case for ATMP manufacture (2019)

- Member, Gene Therapy Manufacture Thought Leadership Network (Pall) (2019-present)

- Chair, Recovery of Biological Products Conference RXIX (2018-2022)

- Member, Scientific Advisory Board of Competence Centre for Advanced BioProduction by Continuous Processing AdBIOPRO hosted at KTH (2018–2022)

- Member, Steering Committee of ECI Integrated Continuous Biomanufacturing ICB Conference Series (2017–present)

- Member, Scientific Advisory Committee of BioProcessing Asia (BPA) Conference (2017-2018)

- Member, Organizing Committee of ECI Advancing Manufacture of Cell and Gene Therapies VI Conference (2017-2019)

- Chair, ECI Integrated Continuous Biomanufacturing Conference - ICB III (2015-2017) & ICB II (2013-2015)

- Member, BIA (BioIndustry Association) Manufacturing Advisory Committee for Bioprocessing Industries (2009-present)

- Member, BIA Cell and Gene Therapy Advisory Committee (2017 - present)

- Member, ISCT (International Society for Cellular Therapy) Business Models and COGs Subcommittee (2014 - 2017); ISCT Business Models and Investment Subcommittee (2018-present)

- Member, IChemE Biochemical Engineering Subject Group (1997 - present)

- Member, MMIP / HealthTech and Medicines KTN Roadmapping Consultation for Biopharmaceuticals and ATMPs (2016-17 / 2012) 

Suzanne joined UCL as a Lecturer in 2001. Academic qualifications include a Bachelor’s (BEng) in Biochemical Engineering (1997) and a PhD in Biochemical Engineering (2001), both from UCL with the PhD in collaboration with Lonza Biologics. 

Research Summary

Specialities: Bioprocess Decisional Tools, Bioprocess Economics, Drug Development Cost Modelling, Capacity planning, Portfolio Management, Risk Analysis, Multi-Criteria Decision-Making, Multi-Objective Simulation & Optimisation, Chemometrics

Suzanne leads research on novel software-based ‘Bioprocess Decisional Tools’ to plan the best route to manufacture of new biotherapeutic candidates. More specifically, she has pioneered the design of novel algorithms at the process-business interface to facilitate cost-effective bioprocess design, capacity planning, and R&D portfolio management through to predictive tools for root cause analysis and manufacturability assessments. These tools have been applied to strategic decisions in the development and manufacture of protein biopharmaceuticals such as monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and of cell and gene therapies (e.g. MSCs, CAR T-cells, viral vectors). Examples include batch versus continuous manufacture, in-house versus contract manufacturing decisions, factory floor scheduling, centralised versus decentralised manufacture of personalised therapies, facility fit prediction and root cause analysis of deviations in critical quality attributes. 

As Professor of Bioprocess Systems Engineering at UCL, Suzanne is Co-Director of the EPSRC-funded Future Targeted Healthcare Manufacturing Hub in collaboration with industrial and academic consortia to revolutionise the delivery of cost-effective stratified protein-based and personalised cell-based therapies to patients.  She is also Director of the UCL-AstraZeneca Centre of Excellence on predictive decision-support tools for enhanced bioprocess design, operation and economics. Previously she was Co-Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Emergent Macromolecular Therapies. Funding for her research has come from the UKRI, Innovate UK, Gates Foundation, H2020 and a range of company collaborators including AstraZeneca, GSK, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Bayer, Lonza Biologics, and Pall Life Sciences. In addition the Future Targeted Healthcare Manufacturing Hub is supported by a User Steering Committee of over 45 industrial users and sector organisations.

Suzanne has been invited to chair the highest profile conference of the discipline, Recovery of Biological Products Conference XIX (2022), as well as international pioneering conferences in emerging areas including the ECI Integrated Continuous Biomanufacturing Conference (2017, 2015). She has been invited to give keynotes at prestigious international conferences (e.g. ACS); to join scientific expert panel committees for the national agenda and to join thought leadership networks set up by industry. Suzanne has also been invited to join policy dialogues with UK Government bodies including a roundtable on the UK’s implementation of the G7100 Days Mission. Suzanne sits on the UK BioIndustry Association Manufacturing Advisory Committee and ISCT Business Models and Investment Sub Committee. Suzanne featured in The Manufacturer and KTN’s 30 Inspiring Women in Manufacturing in 2020 and the Medicine Maker Power List in 2017 and 2016.

Teaching Summary

Suzanne’s current teaching activities include leading the major Bioprocess Plant Design Project (Year 3) that is central to IChemE accreditation of the department’s undergraduate degree programmes. She instructs and guides an interdisciplinary mix of Biochemical Engineering, Bioprocessing of New Medicines and Biotechnology students in the complete design of a bioprocess plant for the production of biotech products arising out of life science discoveries. She drove the creation of a new research-led digital teaching course, Bioprocess Systems Engineering (Year 4), which exposes Master’s level students to the department’s cutting-edge research in Decisional Tools and continues to contribute to this module.  She contributes to the Advanced Therapy Manufacture module in the MSc on Manufacture & Commercialisation of Stem Cell and Gene Therapies. Suzanne’s earlier teaching roles include module lead of the following core process engineering courses to undergraduate and MSc students: Fluid Flow & Mixing in Bioprocesses, Heat & Mass Transfer in Bioprocesses and Computer-Aided Bioprocess Engineering.


For over 10 years, Suzanne co-ordinated the department's MBI® training module on Quality by Design for Effective Bioprocess Characterisation and Validation, which forms part of the department’s continual professional development (CPD) offering. She teaches on several other MBI® training modules on economic, environmental and sustainability aspects of continuous processes, cell and gene therapy cost of goods analysis, single-use process economics, R&D portfolio decisions and approaches to accelerating bioprocess development.

Suzanne was previously awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering and ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching Award & Gold Medal (2009). She featured as a UCL Engineering Hero as part of UCL Engineering’s International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 2021 celebrations. She has been nominated regularly for the Student Choice Teaching Awards. 

As Deputy HoD for Teaching, Suzanne provides senior support to colleagues to maintain UCL’s lead in teaching excellence in this pivotal subject area. Previous enabling roles include gearing up the department’s capabilities on digital education tools for online teaching (2020-2022), leading the department’s Internal Quality Review (IQR) (2017-2020), designing a new programme diet for the MEng Biochemical Engineering degrees (2012) and a new MSc stream in Advanced Biochemical Engineering that exposes students to state-of-the-art research in the sector and provides the necessary depth in advanced design principles in line with IChemE accreditation standards.

Academic Background
2001   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1997   Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) University College London
    Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1 University College London
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