Mark Yates

Mark received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1987 and then went on to earn his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from NCSU in 1993. He was awarded a NIEHS Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Curriculum in Toxicology at UNC Chapel Hill and conducted research on new oncology drugs over the next 2 years. In 1995, Mark was hired as a Professor in the School of Pharmacy at Campbell University where he taught several courses in the Pharmaceutical Sciences program including Quantitative Laboratory Techniques, Analytical Instrumentation, and Pharmaceutical Methods and Bioprocessing. Mark left the academic world in 2001 when he joined CRB Consulting Engineering as a Sr. Validation Specialist. There he worked on several projects for multiple biotechnology companies including Abgenix, Immunex, and Bayer. In 2003, Mark joined Wyeth Vaccines, now Pfizer, at the Sanford, NC site as a Sr. Technical Services Scientist. Currently, he is a Principal Validation Specialist and is responsible for Process Validation activities for Fermentation/ Purification areas for Pfizer’s Site Technical Services group and developing validation strategies for clinical trial materials. He has been involved with a facility start up, numerous PV projects, and over 25 Board of Health inspections during his 10+ years at Pfizer. While at Campbell University, Mark became actively involved with ISPE and he has served in various capacities at both the local and international levels over the last 18 years. His past responsibilities with ISPE have included Student Development Task Team Co-Chair, Student Development Committee Chairman, Faculty and Industry Advisor for the Campbell University ISPE Student Chapter and he has served on the Board of Directors for the Carolina South Atlantic ISPE Chapter. He is currently Mark has also been involved with other professional development activities associated with the NC Biotechnology Center and the NC BioNetworks program where he currently serves as an Instructor in the Validation Academy teaching a variety of courses. Additionally, he supports East Carolina University as a member of ECU's Engineering Advisory Board and as an Instructor for a “Bioprocess Validation and Quality Engineering” course in the Bioprocess Engineering program.