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Ruta Waghmare, PhD

Ruta Waghmare, Ph.D
Ruta is the Global Director, Market Sales Development at the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada. She has 16 years of experience in biotechnology in the areas of strategy, business development, and biomanufacturing. She joined MilliporeSigma in 2000 and has held several roles including Senior Scientist, Group Manager for Process Development Sciences, and as the Regional Sales Manager for Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West, and South-East US. Ruta has delivered over 65 scientific posters, papers and conference sessions worldwide, including a top feature article in BioPharm International as selected by readers.  She was also a co-innovator for the “run and spike” virus clearance strategy, a breakthrough approach to nanofiltration validation. Most recently, she launched and developed the strategic Emerging Biotech initiative at MilliporeSigma. Ruta received her doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University and conducted Post-Doctoral research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland on novel protein purification and crystallization methods. Ruta is passionate about science, and volunteers as the Chair- Manufacturing Sciences and Engineering Section) with the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS).