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Engineering - Vice President

Raphi Hanessian 

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Vice President of Engineering - West Coast

Seasoned professional with almost 30 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Consumer Products, and Project Controls. Prior to managing his own consulting service, Raphi was the General Manager for a Drug Product Facility CMO specializing in vaccines, cytotoxic and high potency products.  

Raphi has also worked at Amgen and Johnson & Johnson holding various operational and management roles specializing in new product launches, clinical and commercial cGMP manufacturing, remediation, engineering, quality assurance, and supporting the Building, Commissioning, and Validation of large-scale manufacturing Biologics and Cell Therapy facilities in Puerto Rico, India, Japan, and in the U.S.  While working in manufacturing he was supporting the tech-transfer, manufacture, and commercialization of recombinant proteins from both a fermentation and purification perspective.    

Raphi holds his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University Los Angeles and his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Fernando Martinez

Vice President of Engineering - Central/Puerto Rico

A dynamic, versatile, and results-driven leader with experience in all engineering trades, including, but not limited to, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Design, Construction, Pre-Construction, Project Management, Commissioning and Validation. Fernando is a Biopharmaceutical Engineering/ CQV professional with over 25 years of experience. He can be a partner, assess risk, take initiative, and give direction in high-pressure environments. He is skilled in sourcing contractors, estimating, preliminary design, constructability, detailed design, commissioning, maintenance, taking projects off the ground and tracking project performance from concept through closeout.


  • Manages the execution of the capital engineering strategy to support the Engineering, Procurement, Construction, & Management (EPCM) of Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Facilities.

  • Leads/ coordinates key technical project deliverables involving Feasibility, Conceptual Design, Basic Design, Detailed Design, Construction Oversight, and Operational Readiness.

  • Supports the development, execution, and updating of the Integrated Project Schedule (IPS): from Conceptual Design, Detail Design, Construction, Operational Readiness, Commissioning, Validation, and Full Release for manufacturing.

  • Supports the Capital Project Strategy, Design, Specification, RFP Procurement, and Project Management.

  • Leverages engineering standards in supporting Detail Design of Manufacturing Facility.

  • Applies Quality by Design principles, experience which aligns with FDA, ICH, and ISPE guidelines.

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