At kSep Systems, we provide robust, single-use, and scalable bioprocessing solutions to our clients in the areas of recombinant therapeutics, cell therapy, and vaccine manufacturing. kSep's underlying technology was originally developed and applied by Dr. Heath Herman of KBI Biopharma, in order to address significant manufacturing scalability issues in the biopharmaceutical marketplace. Dr. Herman, who suffered with Muscular Dystrophy, passed away in 2006; however, his passion for helping others and his unrelenting pursuit of science, lives on in the hearts and actions of the entire KBI family. Since KBI Biopharma's mission is carried out as a service provider in the biopharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing area, commercialization of the kSep technology is being carried forward by kSep Systems, LLC, a spinoff of KBI Biopharma.
Joseph T. McMahon, President and CEO
Joe is a co-founder of kSep Systems and is its President and CEO. Joe is also President and CEO of KBI Biopharma, having joined KBI Biopharma in 2002. Prior to joining KBI Biopharma, Joe was a Vice President with Diosynth Biotechnology (previously know as Covance Biotechnology Services). At Diosynth Biotechnology, Joe was integral to the growth of the operation from a six-person start-up in 1995, to a 600 person FDA inspected business in 2002. Joe also previously directed the engineering and technical services groups at Becton Dickinson. Joe has several patents pending involving the kSep technology.
Sunil Mehta, VP, Operations
Sunil is a co-founder of kSep Systems. Previously, Sunil was the Director of Technology Development at KBI Biopharma, Inc., where he led the development of KBI Biopharma’s proprietary kSep® technology. Sunil joined KBI in 2007, and was previously a Senior Research Scientist, Pharmaceutical Development at Centocor (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary) where he developed innovative microbial and mammalian processes and invented a method to identify and isolate high titer-producing clones. Dr. Mehta has also developed expertise ranging from R&D to commercial cGMP manufacturing through his previous work at Mojave Therapeutics, Inc. and Roche. Dr. Mehta received his Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology from Brown University. Dr. Mehta has delivered numerous invited seminars and holds a number of key patents. Sunil also has several patents pending involving the kSep technology.
James Chopas, Vice President of Finance and CFO
Jim also serves as the VP, Finance and CFO at KBI Biopharma. Prior to joining KBI Biopharma, Jim was the CFO of Cenduit LLC, a joint venture between Quintiles Transnational and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Previously, Jim held senior management positions at Thermo Fisher Scientific, PAREXEL International, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Ernst & Young. Jim holds a Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems degree from Bentley College and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts.
Andy Cohen, Vice President and General Counsel
Andy has over 20 years of experience as an attorney, including senior in-house legal positions in the biopharmaceutical industry since 2003. He also serves as Vice President and General Counsel of KBI Biopharma. Prior to joining KBI Biopharma, he served as Associate General Counsel at Quintiles Transnational, the world’s largest clinical CRO, where he was responsible for global contracting and strategic partnership agreements with the company’s clinical services customers. Andy also served for seven years as Associate General Counsel and Deputy Compliance Officer at Eisai, a top-20 pharmaceutical company. Andy received his J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Tod Herman, Director, Engineering
Tod is a co-founder of kSep Systems and had 15+ years of experience with KBI Biopharma, most recently serving as it's Engineering Manager. Tod has played a lead role in the design, engineering and applications of the kSep technology. Tod holds 3 patents and has 12 patents pending. Tod studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks specializing in power and controls.