Maintains EM programs for Cell Therapy Laboratory areas in cooperation with Quality personnel.
Supports training, educational and technical expertise needs of Laboratory personnel.
Supports the SDBB safety, GMP and Quality Plan.
Adheres to good manufacturing practices (GMP) guidelines.
Performs essential laboratory responsibilities according to established procedures.
Responsible for the care, maintenance and quality control of equipment and supplies.
Assists with upkeep of Cell Therapy Laboratory records, reports and statistical data.
Assists in developing and implementing new lab processes and procedures.
Assists with staff training and competency.
Assists with laboratory quality and variance programs.
Participates in process improvement programs for the laboratory.
May assist in the review of test results, reports and/or quality control records.
Collects blood testing samples and qualifies donor.
Performs procedures (as defined in the SOPs) for processing/freezing cell products.
Performs colony assay procedures, cell counts and sterility testing.
Performs immunophenotyping of cells by flow cytometry.
Prepares and ships cord blood units for transplant.
Provides information and consultation to customers, hospitals and transplant units, as required.
Participates in the on call rotation.
Assists with maintaining laboratory proficiency and audit readiness.
Normal laboratory environment with bio-hazard precautions.
CGMP Cleanroom manufacturing environment with PPE and gowning requirements
Familiar with or gains familiarity with aseptic techniques for cell culture/manipulation and relevant tissues.
May be exposed to blood or bodily fluids that may be capable of transmitting diseases.
May be exposed to chemicals that may be hazardous. (ex. Liquid Nitrogen)
May be called on to work or attend meetings and give scientific presentations at other than routinely scheduled hours.
Must be able to stand long hours.
Must be able to communicate clearly.
May be required to lift up to 40 pounds.
General Laboratory equipment (examples include but are not limited to: centrifuges, heat sealer, sterile docking device, refrigerators/freezers, sterile hood, cell counter, etc.)
Normal office equipment i.e. telephone, computer, cell phone, copier, fax.
Implementation of new equipment and procedures.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Basic understanding of blood bank concepts, sterility, hematology and cell therapy research and development.
cGMP cell product manufacturing familiarity in ISO certified clean-rooms
Supervisory experience with laboratory technical staff
Ability to perform moderate to high complexity testing with little supervision.
Assist with troubleshooting of technical and/or mechanical problems.
Able to educate and delegate moderate complexity testing.
Education: Bachelor Science in biology or related field.
Experience: 3 years' experience (at least 1 year supervising) in biological product manufacturing, following good manufacturing practices (GMP) and guidelines, ideally with cell therapy products. (related experience includes: blood banking, cell therapy, hematology, flow cytometry and/or microbiology)
Interpersonal skills to establish and maintain professional relationships.
Decision making skills.
Professional communication both written and oral, which is clear and precise.
Must be detail oriented, well organized and display good time management skills.
Self-motivated and capable of independent work and assisting in launch of new stem cell research and development initiatives.
Integrity and discretion - ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to perform under pressure and work under stressful situations.
Teaching and training abilities as well as mentoring of colleagues as appropriate.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.
Saving lives with quality blood services in partnership with the community
What we do
On November 15, 1972 at the official dedication of the San Diego Blood Bank headquarters previously located on Upas St., the theme heard throughout the morning was that a total community effort will sustain the San Diego Blood Bank. Speaking at the dedication ceremony, Dr. Jonas A. Salk noted, “This building and the organization which made it possible evince a concern and respect for the human individual that is self-evident. The Blood Bank is a sign of the enormous health and strength in the community.”
Again on June 22, 2011, as the current headquarters building was dedicated at 3636 Gateway Center Ave., blood donors Jerry Sanders, Mayor of the City of San Diego, Greg Cox, San Diego County Supervisor, and blood recipient and former Chargers Hall of Fame kicker Rolf Benirschke re-emphasized the need for total commitment to maintaining the community’s blood supply through the San Diego Blood Bank.
In the early years, the San Diego Blood Bank collected stored and distributed blood products to hospitals in San Diego County just as it does today. Unlike those early ye...ars however, when the San Diego Blood Bank paid donors, the total amount of blood now brought into the San Diego Blood Bank is provided by a 100% volunteer donor effort. In 1968, 4,000 units of blood a month supplied the needs of our local hospitals. We now process approximately 10,000 units of blood per month and serve hospitals throughout Southern California.
The San Diego Blood Bank now also provides the Southern California region’s hospitals with a wide range of blood banking services. These include blood collection, component preparation, plateletpheresis, plasmapheresis, leukapheresis, washed blood, frozen blood, autologous storage, designated donation services and a reference laboratory. The Cell Therapy Program of the San Diego Blood Bank operates the Cord Blood Program providing lifesaving stem cell transplants to patients worldwide.
Today, the San Diego Blood Bank is growing to meet the changing needs of our health care community. We now supply hospitals in four Southern California counties. These counties include San Diego, Imperial, Orange, and Los Angeles. Frozen blood laboratories are now operated to accommodate storage of frequently used and rare blood types, and for patients who wish to donate blood for their own future use. We also offer continuing education for the blood bank community.
The San Diego Blood Bank is a certified 501 c3 non-profit organization serving hospitals in the San Diego, Imperial, Los Angeles and Orange Counties. We are also the primary provider of blood to Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego. We are the safety net for our regional blood needs. Every year, more than 120,000 units of blood provided by the San Diego Blood Bank are transfused into patients of all ages, socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds throughout San Diego County. These patients are struggling with life threatening medical conditions including cancer and other blood disorders, severe burns, organ transplants, emergency surgery, trauma, childbirth complications and more. The San Diego Blood Bank is also the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) designated Southern California Regional Operations Center for the distribution of blood to Southern California in the event of a major disaster or act of terrorism in the State of California.