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Veena Warikoo, PHD

VP, Product Development


Dr. Veena Warikoo has over 17 years of experience in process development, innovative technology development, manufacturing and organizational management in the biotechnology industry. Her experience includes a wide range of biologics products, such as monoclonal antibodies, enzymes, interferons, and coagulation factors produced in varied expression systems including mammalian cell lines and transgenic goat milk. Most recently, she spent nine years at Genzyme/Sanofi where she held roles of increasing responsibility in therapeutics development and manufacturing, including overseeing the development of innovative end-to-end integrated continuous biomanufacturing platform. Prior to joining Genzyme, Dr. Warikoo was Senior Scientist at Biogen Idec, where she led tech transfer and project management for downstream processing. She obtained her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Oklahoma, and completed her postdoctoral appointment at Stanford University, in Environmental Engineering.


What drew you to Axcella?

A unique and innovative approach to the development of therapeutics.

Who is your role model?

Mahatma Gandhi. He demonstrated the power of principled leadership, which was transformational for a nation and inspirational for the whole world.

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

Professionally, my most gratifying experience has been building and maintaining a high-functioning department. Hallmarks of such a group include delivery of high-quality creative work while grooming future leaders within the framework of a happy family atmosphere.

Favorite video game?

Super Mario Brothers.

Favorite holiday?

Any that I get to spend with my family.