Kristin DeFife, Ph.D.
Sr. Vice President and Head of US Operations
Dr. DeFife has 20 years of successful leadership and biologics development and manufacturing experience in the biotechnology industry. At Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services, she is responsible for the US operations and driving performance measures at the San Diego facilities.
Dr. DeFife started at the company in May 2012 as the Head of Biologics and in 2018 was promoted to her current position. She previously served as the VP of Operations at PacificGMP, a biologics contract manufacturing organization. Prior to her tenure at PacificGMP, she held the position of VP of Research and Development at MediVas, LLC, as well as scientific positions at Immusol Inc. and CyThera where she was engaged in the development of therapeutic recombinant biologics.
Dr. DeFife received her Ph.D. in Pathology from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelors in Biological Sciences, Magna Cum Laude, from Quincy College.