Who We Are

LakePharma is a US-based Biologics CRDMO with operations in CA, MA, and TX that provides integrated solutions ranging from discovery to engineering, development and GMP manufacturing. The company specializes in the production and evaluation of antibodies, DNA vectors, viral vectors, cell lines, proteins and conjugates.  LakePharma has contributed to the development of 200+ therapeutic or diagnostic products and strives to contribute to hundreds more. 

LakePharma is ISO 13485:2016 and ISO 9001:2015 certified.

Message from the CEO

Welcome and thank you for visiting our website.

LakePharma started in 2009 in the Bay Area with a vision to make meaningful impact by providing quality service to biologics drug developers. The company has grown into a full-scale CRDMO that offers a wide and complete range of services—from early stage discovery and development to manufacturing for clinical trials. Our geographic footprint has expanded to include five locations in key biopharmaceutical hubs on both the East and West Coast.

What makes our business model unique is our relentless pursuit in expanding our capabilities and capacity, as well as our robust operating system. To our valued clients, this means quicker access to new technology platforms and faster turnaround time for complex biologics development and manufacturing.

LakePharma’s mission is to enable and support the discovery and development of the biologics of tomorrow. We look forward to partnering with you to make a meaningful and positive impact on health: the treatment of diseases, development of therapies, and the overall availability of medicines.

Hua Tu, Ph.D.
Founder & CEO

Featured Employees

Silka Cheng

Associate Director, Project Management

Silka has been with LakePharma for nearly 5 years, starting with us as an Associate Scientist, moving forward as a Project Manager, and finally, currently serving as a Scientific Manager with our Process Development team. In the past, she has worked as a Teaching Assistant at the University of California, San Diego, teaching a Lab course in Microbiology. Silka earned her Master of Science in Biology from the University of California, San Diego. Outside of work, Silka enjoys hiking, camping, and trying out new beers!

Lisa Alexander

Vice President, Quality and Regulatory

Lisa Alexander is LakePharma’s Vice President of Quality and Regulatory, ensuring client satisfaction and inspiring employees for the past 2 years. She has served as the Vice President of Quality and Regulatory for Brammer Bio, SeraCare Life Sciences, and Xcellerex,in addition to leadership roles at Millpore Corporation and Amgen, with over 25 years in the industry. She earned her Master of Science in Environmental and Occupational H&S from Anna Maria College, and her MBA from Northeastern University. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling with family, and walking her two Shiba Inus.

Li Wang

Director, BioExpression

Li serves as the director of BioExpression group at LakePharma GTP center and is responsible for High Throughput Production, Hybridoma Sequencing, Plasmid DNA Purification and various genetic testing assays. Li joined LakePharma in Aug 2010, and was the second employee of the company. In her spare time, Li enjoys drawing with her two daughters.

Melissa Asllani, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist, Pharma Assay Development and Screening (MA)

Melissa is a senior scientist in the Assay Services group at LakePharma where she is responsible for the planning and execution of a various of assays, including cell-based compound screening, quantitative PCR analysis, enzyme activity analysis, and a variety of ELISA technologies. From her graduate work, she also has valuable experience with molecular biology techniques, such as bacteriophage λ infection, cloning, and Southern blotting. Melissa has a B.A. degree in biochemistry from Saint Anselm College, and she obtained her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke University. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys baking sweet treats and watching Duke basketball.

Hoa Giang

Associate Director, Antibody Engineering

Hoa joined LakePharma in 2017 as a Senior Scientist to work in antibody engineering and antibody discovery using phage displays. She is an experienced scientist with a hands-on background in the construction and validation of Fab naïve phage libraries. She worked in research at Compugen, Surrozen, XOMA, and Maxygen. Hoa holds a BS in Genetics and an MS in Plant Biology from UC Davis.

Bill Hermans

Senior Director, Production Technology

Bill Hermans is the Sr. Director of Production Technology and Site Manager for LakePharma’s Hopkinton, MA facility. Bill has a distinguished career in protein expression, which began in 2004 at Blue Sky BioServices, a company acquired by LakePharma. At LakePharma, Bill oversees the GMP manufacturing groups and directs plasmid production for use in gene and cell therapy research. Prior to LakePharma, Bill worked at Pfizer as a scientist. He has received a BS degree in Biology from Rhode Island College.

Patrick Cushing, Ph.D.

Director, Process Sciences

Patrick serves as Director of LakePharma’s Protein Sciences group in Worcester and is responsible for oversight of functional protein isolation for R&D and drug discovery. He has worked for Blue Sky and now LakePharma since 2013. Cushing holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College. Outside of the laboratory, Patrick enjoys beer brewing, hiking, running, and alpine climbing.

Paula Criss

Director, Sales

Paula Criss has served as Director of Sales at LakePharma since February of 2019. With exceptional skills in communication, Paula has nearly 30 years of experience in sales in the pharmaceutical industry, biopharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. Before joining the team at LakePharma, Paula served as Sales Director at Stemgent, East Coast Business Development Director at Cyprotex, and Senior Account Executive at Blue Sky BioServices. Paula earned her MBA in Marketing at the University of Phoenix.