Catalent announces next generation of cell and gene therapy leadership


Catalent has announced the appointment of Manja Boerman, PhD, to the role of President, Cell and Gene Therapy, effective 1 June, 2020

Manja Boerman

Manja Boerman

In this new role, Dr Boerman will lead all of Catalent’s cell and gene therapy businesses worldwide. Dr Boerman will continue to report to Karen Flynn, Catalent’s President of Biologics and Chief Commercial Officer.

Pete Buzy, who has led the Catalent Gene Therapy business since the company’s acquisition of Paragon Bioservices in May 2019, will be retiring but will remain with the company as Chairman of Catalent Gene Therapy in an advisory capacity for the next 12 months to support Dr Boerman as she transitions into her new role. Dr Boerman has already been leading Catalent’s cell therapy business since the acquisition of MaSTherCell in February 2020.

Succeeding Dr Boerman, Catalent has also announced the appointment of Mario Gargiulo as Region President, Biologics, Europe, as well as his appointment to the company’s Executive Leadership Team.

“Working in concert and under Manja’s strong leadership, our cell and gene therapy businesses will continue their substantial growth and maturation during the past 12 months and further extend our leadership position in the biotech industry,” said Karen Flynn, President of Biologics and Chief Commercial Officer.

“We are excited to have high-performing talent in place to drive our cell and gene therapy businesses to the next stage in their natural evolution and development as we continue to expand and enhance our innovative solutions for our customers and fulfil our mission in helping people live better, healthier lives.”

Alessandro Maselli, Catalent’s President and Chief Operating Officer, added: “I would like to thank Pete Buzy, under whose guidance our gene therapy business has seen significant growth and continuous investment to meet strong and growing demand for adeno-associated virus vectors, next-generation vaccines and oncolytic viruses."

"I am glad that Pete will continue to provide his invaluable experience and insights for the next 12 months for the benefit of our customers and their patients, particularly while we are in the midst of significant growth initiatives.”

Dr Boerman joined Catalent in December 2019 with more than 20 years of experience in biotech and pharmaceutical services, and significant experience as a senior executive in start-up environments and global late-stage clinical development for cell therapy products.

Manja holds a doctorate in biochemistry from the State University of New York.

Since he joined Catalent in 2017, Mr Gargiulo has held a number of leadership roles, most recently as Vice President of Operations, Biologics. He joined the company from Merck & Co.’s external manufacturing organisation, having previously spent most of his career at Bristol Myers Squibb in various operations leadership roles.

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In addition to his new role, he will continue to oversee operations for all Catalent Biologics sites globally. Mario holds a degree in chemistry from the University of Naples, Italy.