KGI Professor Matt Croughan Elected to AIMBE College of Fellows
CLAREMONT, Calif., Dec. 7, 2007 – Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) today announced that Dr. Matthew Croughan, KGI’s George B. and Joy Rathmann professor and director of the Amgen Bioprocessing Center, has been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) College of Fellows.
According to AIMBE, recipients of this honor are recognized for their outstanding achievements in medical and biological engineering. They represent the top two percent of the medical and biological engineering community. Croughan was elected for his “contribution to understanding and enhancement of large-scale processes of animal cell cultures.”
“I am deeply honored by AIMBE’s decision,” said Croughan. “I came to KGI to help build a world-class bioprocessing center and curriculum, and it is gratifying to know my work is being recognized by such a prestigious professional organization.”
KGI President Sheldon Schuster, Ph.D., said he was delighted to hear the news of Croughan’s selection. “This is a well-deserved honor for Matt. He is a pioneer in the field of bioprocessing, combining first-rate academic knowledge with vast practical experience. Professor Croughan exemplifies the intellectual talent and industry-experience KGI’s faculty and research staff bring to the pursuit of education and research in the applied life sciences.”
In addition to his full-time teaching and research duties at KGI, Croughan continues to work as an independent consultant, providing expert guidance on biopharmaceutical process development and manufacturing issues for more than 40 firms including Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Biogen IDEC and Schering-Plough.
Croughan was the chief scientist for Genentech’s cell culture facility in Vacaville, CA, built for the production of therapeutic antibodies. There, he developed the first FDA-licensed, fed-batch CHO cell culture process, a breakthrough platform technology now used throughout the biopharmaceutical industry.Croughan joins 81 others who were elected this year to the College of Fellows. The college promotes technological advancement in medical and biological research and development to benefit the public.
A formal induction ceremony for the new fellows will be held during AIMBE’s annual event in Washington, D.C. on February 21, 2008.
Representing over 75,000 bioengineers, AIMBE serves and coordinates a broad constituency of medical and biological scientists and practitioners, scientific and engineering societies, academic departments and industries.
Educating the future leaders of the bioscience industry, Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) offers an interdisciplinary graduate education through its Master of Bioscience (MBS) degree program and its Ph.D. program in Applied Life Sciences. Using team-based learning and real-world projects, KGI's innovative curriculum seamlessly combines applied life sciences, bioengineering, bioethics and business management. KGI also has a robust research program concentrating on the translation of basic discoveries in the life sciences into applications that can benefit society. KGI is a member of The Claremont Colleges, located in Claremont, California.
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