Juan Vera, MD
Juan F. Vera, MD
Chief Product Development Officer
Dr. Juan Vera is a co-founder and the Chief Product Development Officer for AlloVir. He has more than 7 years of industry experience and >15 years of experience performing research in the field of adoptive T cell therapy and has made several contribution in the field, specifically in the areas of genetic engineering T cells manufacture process optimization. In collaboration with Wilson Wolf Manufacturing, he has been instrumental in the design and testing of the G-Rex® cell culture platform and pioneered its use for the large-scale production of T cells. Dr. Vera has extensive expertise in developing and streamlining therapeutic candidates from the research bench to the cGMP facility while ensuring robust production and scalability. He is based at the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston where he holds the title of Associate Professor in the Dept. of Medicine. He is a Co-Investigator on a number of clinical trials for T cell therapy in both infectious disease and cancer Juan’s recent focus is on developing strategies to enhance the T cell function by protecting tumor-targeted T cells from the immunosuppressive effects of the tumor microenvironment in order to enhance in vivo persistence and function.
Juan is senior or co-author on >30 publications and a named inventor on 13 published patents. He received his Medical Degree from the University El Bosque in Bogota Colombia and completed his postgraduate training in the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Hospital.