Greg R. Gara

Greg R. Gara

Senior Vice President

Market: Strategy
Region: Business Development

Bachelor of Arts in Biology w/Minor in Environmental Science

Joined Project Farma in March of 2023. I have over 30 years of experience designing and constructing large- and small-scale manufacturing facilities from beginning to end, for multiple biotech and gene therapy companies across the globe. Prior to joining Project Farma, I was the Senior Vice President of Manufacturing at Taysha Gene Therapy, responsible for leading the design, construction, and startup of their new large-scale 180,000 square foot manufacturing facility located in North Carolina. Before Taysha, I filled the role of Vice President of Pharmaceutical Engineering at Sarepta, where I led and managed all of their manufacturing operations for their gene therapy products. Prior to Sarepta, I was the Vice President of Technical Operations and Engineering at AveXis, a Novartis company, and led the design, construction, and startup of the Libertyville facility, the new facilities in Research Triangle Park and Colorado. I led project teams responsible for expanding both the lab and manufacturing spaces in North Carolina and Colorado locations, to support on-going operations. Prior to AveXis, my responsibilities included leading the facilities and engineering organization at Hospira prior to the company’s acquisition by Pfizer. Before joining Hospira, spent 15 years at Amgen, holding positions of increasing responsibility, and was part of the Cork, Ireland, construction project.

What excites you about being a mentor?
The ability to share my prior knowledge and experiences with others who are up and coming in the industry. Nothing better than making a difference in a person’s life, either today or in the future. I always found it invaluable having a mentor to talk to and being able to return this favor, is truly a blessing. We always say our people make the biggest difference, so what a great way to invest in our folks.

What are you looking for in a mentee?
Mentorship is different than a direct line project reporting relationship. For this relationship to work, the mentee needs to come prepared on which topics he/she wanting to discuss. Person needs to be vulnerable at times and is okay with the thought of first getting uncomfortable, to become comfortable. Mentee needs to open to constructive feedback, demonstrates the willingness to put in the time so this can work, dedication and drive to get better. Remember mentorship is a two-way street and will take hard work to get the results you are looking for or expecting.

Hobbies/Fun Facts:
Yoga is one of my favorite go-to exercises. I am a big NFL fan and being from Colorado, have cheered the Broncos on since I was a kid.