Rentschler appoints General Manager of UK ATMP unit

Dr Robert Panting joins the company from Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, where he worked in project management, customer management and business planning

Rentschler Biopharma, a CDMO for biopharmaceuticals, has announced the appointment of Dr Robert Panting as General Manager of Rentschler ATMP (Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products). The facility is in Stevenage, UK, a cell and gene therapy hub. It was set up to address the gap in capacity and support for early-stage innovators in cell and gene therapy. In the position, Panting will manage all operations at the site.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr Robert Panting to the Rentschler team. With his great experience running complex operations and setting up the structures needed for a new site, he is the ideal choice to manage our cell and gene therapy facility,” said Dr Frank Mathias, CEO of Rentschler Biopharma. “We are excited by the great progress we have made since launching our plans in the UK earlier this year and look forward to establishing this facility for the state-of-the-art manufacturing of viral vectors for clinical supply. Dr Panting’s leadership will be a critical aspect of driving this project to be client-ready for cGMP manufacturing.”

Prior to joining Rentschler ATMP, Panting spent ten years at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, where he worked in project management, customer management and business planning. In his last role, VP for Program Management and Sales & Operations Planning, he focused on driving delivery of client projects and overseeing short- and long-term planning for the company’s UK operations. He also oversaw several infrastructure and major organisational projects. Prior to that, he was Senior Director of Programs, with direct oversight of customer projects in the UK. He was also in charge of project and portfolio management implementation, including on-boarding the portfolio management team at a recently acquired site.

Dr Panting, General Manager of Rentschler ATMP, added: “I am honored to join the Rentschler team and to manage operations at the company’s exciting undertaking in ATMP manufacturing. Rentschler Biopharma is highly regarded in the industry. I look forward to ensuring that the new site provides the reliable, client-focused, high quality service for which the company is known. I also look forward to contributing to moving the business into new technologies and offerings. I am thrilled by the strong interest we have already seen for our ATMP services.”

Rentschler ATMP was launched in February 2021 and is located at an already existing facility run by the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGT Catapult) through a collaborative model. The company is making a significant investment at the site and continuing its well-established practice of forming true partnerships with its clients.

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