Building a team for AAV vector production at a biologics CDMO.

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The challenge

Expert talent fast for AAV vector production.

Cell and gene therapy is growing faster in demand than any other medical services today, leaving many providers scrambling for the talent and resources to keep up. Avid Bioservices is a dedicated commercial biologics CDMO that’s focused on the development and cGMP manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals. Clients were asking Avid to provide customized adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector production, but they didn’t have the capabilities or knowledge in house. They asked Kelly® Science & Clinical for help to quickly build out this hard-to-fill team.

The solution

An on-site resource for a busy environment.

The specialized talent that Avid needed to hire required a high-touch process, coordinated as swiftly as possible across the hiring team in a busy floor environment. So, Kelly added a full-time project lead on-site who funneled and chaperoned talent to interviews, collected team input, and supported faster onboarding. Soon the team filled all open roles with qualified experts through either direct placement or a contract-to-hire basis. The on-site manager kept the project on track by collecting timely feedback and keeping all candidates engaged.

The value

10+ scientists and specialists in under 45 days.

In less than 45 days, Kelly managed to ramp the new vector division up with a team of 10+ scientists and manufacturing specialists. They achieved a selection-to-hire ratio of 100%, reflecting the quality of candidates presented.

“The Kelly team really listened to find a personalized solution based on our needs. Ultimately their partnership really saved us time and enabled Avid to continue to deliver on our goals. The speed they delivered talent that’s in such high demand was truly impressive.”

Elie Hanania – VP of Viral Vector Technologies, AVID Bioservices

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