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Manufacturing Process Engineer

I currently work as a Process Engineer at the Eat Just GOOD Meat Bioprocessing Pilot Plant in Alameda, CA.

  • Email: hello@ivaylo.com
  • Region: SF Bay Area, USA
  • Industry: Biotech and Pharma
  • College: University of California, Berkeley
  • Education: Bioengineering & Materials Engineering

Outside of work, I enjoy pier fishing, cooking, and watching romatic comedies. My favorites are rockfish, jambalaya, and Little Italy.


Equipment Repair and Maintenance
Project Management
Process Improvement
Quality Management Systems
Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma
Statistical Process Control
Root Cause Analysis

Unit Operations

Bacterial Fermentation

Cell Culture



Tangential Flow Filtration

Sterile Filtration


Spray Drying

Jet Milling





Driven and passionate engineer with 9 years of experience in the biotech and pharma industry.

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Expertise and Responsibilities

  • Plant process equipment maintenance and compliance
  • Project management of equipment and plant upgrades
  • Generation and execution of change controls within a GMP environment
  • In-depth investigation analysis using practical problem solving techniques like 5 Whys and Ishikawa diagrams to determine deviation root cause
  • CAPA generation and implementation to improve equipment reliability and eliminate process quality issues
  • Generation of equipment and process SOPs and batch records
  • Manufacturing asset master data maintenance in CMMS and ERP
  • Calibration and maintenance vendor management
  • Hands on troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance of process equipment
  • Engineering documentation: URS, PFD, P&ID, IOQ, PQ protocols/reports
  • Statistical process control and data analysis
  • Contractor management to design, install, and commision electrical, mechanical and piping system


B.S. Bioengneering & Materials Science and Engineering

2009 - 2013

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Focused on using general engineering principles and principe.

Professional Experience

Sr. Process Engineer

2022 - Present

Eat Just (GOOD Meat) - Alameda, CA

Pilot Plant Process Engineer for novel cultured meat facility.

  • Startup of a new state of the art facility to develop and scale up cultured meat production.

Manufacturing Process Engineer

2019 - 2022

Codexis - Redwood City, CA

System owner for all Pilot Plant upstream and downstream bioprocess equipment.

  • Increased production capacity from 34% to 100% for 15 L E. coli bioreactor units
  • Project management and technical lead for a $3 million plant equipment upgrade project to replace obsolete and unreliable equipment including bioreactors, centrifuges, fume hoods and lyophilizers
  • Tech transfer of processes from development into Pilot Plant 15 L bioreactors and scale up to 650 L bioreactors
  • Achieve 100% on time execution of preventive maintenance and calibration service through CMMS implementation

Manufacturing Engineer

2016 - 2019

AstraZeneca (Pearl Therapeutics) - Redwood City, CA

System and process owner for spray drying and jet milling equipment.

  • Increased batch success rate from 88% to 97% YoY through increasing equipment reliability, documentation simplification and robust training
  • Led an effort to reduce human error deviations by 93% by qualifying a new automated production line and implementing a new training program
  • Reduced facility product changeover from 3 weeks to 1 week through parallel scheduling and elimination of non-value added steps
  • Reduced manual batch record entry by 50% through the implementation of batch automation reporting and documentation improvements

Process Analytical Technology Engineer

2013 - 2016

Bayer - Berkeley, CA

Project Manager and technical lead for analytical equipment upgrade projects.

  • Planned and executed analytical process equipment upgrade CAPEX projects up to $1 million in value within 5% of budget
  • Led a sitewide reliability improvement project to replace over 100 obsolete analytical instruments
  • Trained over 300 production operators and maintenance technicians on proper operation of cell counters, pH, DO, metabolite analyzers


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