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Mohammad Khalil El Hajj, PhD

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder

Bright Biotech

Country or State

United Kingdom

Bio

I am the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bright Biotech, a Contract Manufacturing and Development Organisation (CMDO) start-up specialising in plant-based production of high-quality and affordable proteins for R&D, therapeutic, cosmeceutical, agri-food and industrial applications. I have a PhD in Biotechnology and Enterprise from the University of Manchester (UoM). The emphasis of my PhD project was on the development of novel upstream bioprocessing strategies in chloroplast biotechnology for high-yield recombinant protein expression in marker-free plants. In my PhD, I have also completed 105 credits of business/ enterprise modules at the Alliance Manchester Business School. I have (1) planned thorough market research to assess new business ideas in life sciences, (2) communicated business and technical feasibility studies to panels of science and enterprise professionals and (3) developed risk management plans, strategic plans and business plans. The PhD came after successfully completing the UoM MSc Biotechnology and Enterprise programme, on which I received a distinction, an ‘Outstanding Achievement Award 2012’ for exceptional performance, and University of Manchester President's Doctoral Scholar Award. I have a BSc in General Biology from the American University of Beirut, on which I obtained a distinction as well. Through Bright Biotech, I want to exploit my hands-on research/science experience and business know-how to translate our research on Chloroplast Biotechnology to a commercial service and products. Chloroplast expression is stable and allows high-yield accumulation of recombinant proteins. It also has the advantage of scalability, low-emission and low-cost. Our goal is to establish our technology as a partner of choice for production of innovative solutions to medical, environmental, and agricultural challenges.

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Current Position

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder at Bright Biotech

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Biotechnology and Enterprise

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