Senior Scientist/Engineer, Upstream Process Development | Orbillion | Los Angeles

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Location: Los Angeles, CA

About The Company:

Orbillion is a top-tier cell-cultured meat company that crafts heritage meats from wagyu beef, wild elk, lamb, and American bison. After only 4 months of development time, Orbillion presented three of its four different flavorful meats in a first-ever exclusive tasting in San Francisco this March (event video).

Orbillion is led by CEO Patricia Bubner, PhD, CTO Gabriel Levesque-Tremblay, PhD, and COO Samet Yildirim, MSc, MBS. Together, the three founders have over 30 years of combined experience in rapid development and scale-up of mammalian cell culture as well as business and product development.

Orbillion also has an all-star advisory board, which includes high-profile food and biotech experts such as Matt Croughan (ex-Genentech, ex-Sapphire Energy, ex-KGI), Ron Shigeta (ex-IndieBio), Guy Crims (Master Wagyu Butcher at Niku Steakhouse, the best steakhouse in SF), Jay Keasling (UC Berkeley professor and entrepreneur), and Caio Malufe (ex-Cargill).

Also this year, the team went through Y Combinator and has raised a total of $6.4M from experienced food and agriculture investors and science-savvy angel investors including: At One Ventures (investors in Climax Foods, Finless Foods, Wild Earth), FoundersX Ventures (investors in SpaceX), Prithi Ventures (investors in Mission Barns, Turtle Tree Labs), Quiet Capital, and others. And just recently, they graduated from Creative Destruction Lab’s Climate Stream.

Now, Orbillion is focused on building out the team and bringing their first product – fine Wagyu beef – up to pilot scale.

About The Role:

This is an exciting opportunity to develop a bioprocess for a new product and shape the future of the cell-cultured meat industry. The Senior Scientist/Engineer, Upstream Process Development, will report directly to the Head of Process Development. In this role, you will scale different mammalian cell lines to bench scale and beyond, and have the potential to grow with the company. The Scientist/Engineer, Upstream Process Development, will have a significant impact on the company’s key deliverables and interact closely with the R&D and product development groups.

Your Key Responsibilities

  • Developing mammalian cell culture process, including scale up in bioreactors.
  • Designing and validating cellular and molecular quality control markers and pilot scale-up parameters towards cell-cultured meat production
  • Apply scientific and engineering criteria to fine tune manufacturing processes, and implement process improvement/optimization strategies
  • Analyze and present data to a multidisciplinary research team and communicate recommendations and ideas for future research efficiently

Desired Experience

  • BSc, MSc, or Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Cell Biology, Bioengineering, Biophysics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or related engineering or life science discipline. 4+ years of relevant industry experience with a MSc or BSc degree.
  • Technical knowledge and successful industry experience with upstream process development and scaling up.
  • Experience working with small scale bioreactor systems
  • Strong expertise in mammalian cell culture techniques
  • Experience in cell culture media development
  • Scaling up and transferring cell culture processes to pilot and commercial scale, including multi-site/CMO interactions and demonstrated business acumen

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