Gregory R. Gara
Vice President of Pharmaceutical Engineering, Sarepta Therapeutics
Mr. Gara has over 30 years of experience designing and constructing large- and small-scale manufacturing facilities from beginning to end, for multiple biotech and gene therapy companies across the globe. Prior to joining Project Farma, he served as Senior Vice President of Manufacturing at Taysha Gene Therapy, responsible for leading the design, construction, and startup of their new large-scale manufacturing facility located in North Carolina. Before Taysha, Mr. Gara served as Vice President of Pharmaceutical Engineering at Sarepta, where he led and managed their manufacturing operations for all gene therapy products. Prior to Sarepta, he served as Vice President of Technical Operations and Engineering at AveXis, a Novartis company, where he led the design, construction, and startup of the Libertyville facility, the new facilities in Research Triangle Park and Colorado. Mr. Gara led project teams responsible for expanding both lab and manufacturing space in North Carolina and Colorado locations in support of on-going operations. Prior to AveXis, he led the facilities and engineering organization at Hospira prior to the company’s acquisition by Pfizer. Before joining Hospira, he spent 15 years at Amgen, holding positions of increasing responsibility, and was part of the Cork, Ireland, construction project. Mr. Gara received a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Science from Augustana College.