Pramthesh (Prem) Patel has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry spanning drug discovery and drug development. Over the past several years, Prem has served as the Senior Director of upstream process development activities for the entire biopharmaceutical portfolio at GSK. Prem has authored and reviewed six marketing applications, which have been approved for commercialization in all major global markets. Prem obtained his BS degree in microbiology and chemistry from the University of Bombay, India, his MS degree in microbial physiology from Southern Illinois University, and his Ph. D. from the University of Florida in cellular physiology and molecular biology, and he did postdoctoral training at Virginia Tech.