Vaccine Clinical Development: Key Ingredients to Improve Efficiency

Life Sciences, Clinical Trials, Drug Discovery & Development,
  • Tuesday, December 19, 2023

The development of effective vaccines is among the greatest advancements in public health to combat infectious diseases. It is a complex multi-year and multi-stakeholder process that requires well-designed strategy, partnership and preparedness among the clinical, operational and laboratory experts.

In this webinar, hear from experts on the importance of having an integrated approach among the clinical and laboratory teams well before the protocol development and how robust laboratory and IT capabilities along with innovative automation help improve the efficiency of vaccine development.


Lisa Kierstead, PPD, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific

Lisa Kierstead, Executive Director, Labs, Vaccine Lab, PPD clinical research business, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Dr. Lisa Kierstead received her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center of the Pennsylvania State University with a focus on the cellular T lymphocyte responses to infection with herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2. Dr. Kierstead joined the business in 2009 as Associate Director and is currently Executive Director of the Vaccine Sciences Department. She works with Business Development to interact with clients and grow the business including the Suzhou  vaccines sciences lab. Dr. Kierstead has experience working with clients to move vaccine candidates through the clinical development pipeline, including regulatory submission. Her 23 years of experience spans infectious disease and oncology, including: dengue, norovirus, pneumococcus, meningococcus and melanoma. Before joining the business, Dr. Kierstead was a Research Fellow at Merck Research Laboratories in Vaccines and Biologics.

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Vanessa Elharrar, PPD, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific

Vanessa Elharrar, MD, MPH, Vice President, Vaccines Business Strategy Lead, Clinical Research, PPD clinical research business, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Dr. Vanessa Elharrar has 17+ years of experience in vaccines and HIV prevention clinical research. Dr. Elharrar is Vice President, Vaccines Business Strategy Lead, PPD clinical research business. Dr. Elharrar joined the business in 2016 with more than eleven years of experience at the National Institutes of Health where she served as a Medical Officer, Deputy Branch Chief and Director of HIV therapeutics research at the Office of AIDS Research. Dr. Elharrar holds a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from McGill University, a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed her residency in Preventive Medicine along with a Master’s in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

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Atul Chaudhari, Manager, Labs, R&D, Vaccine Sciences, PPD clinical research business, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Atul Chaudhari completed his Veterinary Graduation (B.V.Sc. & A.H.) from Bombay Veterinary College, Mumbai, India in 2004 and received his PhD in Veterinary Medicine (Microbiology and Immunology, Public health) from Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, South Korea in 2010. Atul’s research during his PhD mainly focused on vaccine development targeting pathogens causing zoonotic diseases using recombinant DNA technology and Atul has 15 years of experience in the field of vaccine development, immunoassays, nanotechnology and regenerative medicine.

Atul currently works as a Manager, Labs, R & D at Vaccine Sciences department at PPD, Thermo Fisher Scientific. As R & D manager, Atul leads lab activities mainly focusing around development, qualification and validation of microneutralization assays as well as ligand binding assays. Atul’s current role is focused on providing scientific support to lead the technical discussions for clients on assay development and validation.

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Who Should Attend?

This webinar will appeal to the following professionals, among others:

  • C-Suite/Sr. Leaders
  • Directors
  • Managers
  • Scientists
  • Department Heads
  • Vaccine pharmaceutical research and development

What You Will Learn

  • The importance of having an early partnership between clinical and lab teams for the development of vaccine trial protocol
  • Ways to improve the efficiency of vaccine development
  • How innovative technologies and automation contribute to the advancement of vaccine development

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The PPD clinical research business of Thermo Fisher Scientific provides laboratory services that combine high-quality scientific expertise with industry-leading technologies supported by a commitment to exceptional quality to deliver integrated analytical services to the pharmaceutical landscape. Our customers benefit from comprehensive services backed by more than 35 years of experience as a clinical research organization. Recognized as a global industry leader in accelerating promising medicines from early development through regulatory approval and market access, we serve pharma, biotech, medical device and government organizations with custom-tailored solutions, including full-service partnerships and functional service partnerships. As a strategic partner in clinical development and analytical services, we apply some of the most cutting-edge technologies, therapeutic expertise and a firm commitment to quality to help customers deliver life-changing therapies.

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