William F. Wright to join Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. as Senior Director, Osteocel and Mesenchymal Stem Cell Operations

Life Science Partner recruits former General Manager of PBM Nutritionals, LLC (formerly Wyeth Nutritionals)

Life Science Partner announces the recruitment of Bill Wright, a senior manufacturing executive, to Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. as the Senior Director,  Osteocel and Mesenchymal Stem Cell (MSC) Operations.   Osiris Therapeutics develops innovative technology for isolating and expanding mesenchymal stem cells derived from donated bone marrow for therapeutic drug products.    The Company uses cells from adult donors that are grown in culture to very high numbers, allowing a single donor’s cells to treat thousands of patients.  These cells can be used in patients unrelated to the donor, without rejection, eliminating the need for donor matching and recipient immune suppression.

In Wright’s most recent role at PBM, a manufacturer of infant formula and other nutritional foods, he was responsible for the strategic direction and operational results for all aspects of this high growth entrepreneurial business including managing the functions of quality, commercial operations, engineering, HR, finance, IT, R&D and manufacturing.  In his previous position at CryoLife, Inc., he served as Director of Operations for Bioprosthetic Devices and Allograft Processing.

“Bill has strong operations skills, understands how to scale up biological sites and is well-versed in broad device operations making him an excellent fit for this critical role as Osiris readies for its upcoming Phase III trials in both GVHD and Crohn’s Disease indications,” noted Tom Callaway, MD, founder and president of Life Science Partner.

Wright will lead all aspects of manufacturing operations with the responsibility for developing, approving and implementing the strategic and operational plans of the organization, for championing quality improvement initiatives, and sponsoring business excellence efforts.

Wright received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina.

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