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John Heffernan
V.P. Commercial Manufacturing at Astellas


John Heffernan is Vice President of Commercial Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine for Astellas responsible for advancing products in regenerative medicine from clinical trials to commercialization.  Currently he is overseeing a 260,000 sf. renovation project for research, development and manufacturing in Massachusetts.

Prior to Astellas John was with Genzyme/Sanofi for 18 years in the Cell Therapy business unit. He was Vice President of Global Operations with manufacturing facilities in Europe, Australia and US.  The commercial products were autologous cell therapies in Orthopedics and Burns. 

John has an MBA from Suffolk University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Stonehill College.