CHRISTIAAN ENGSTROM, MBA - President

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Christiaan Engstrom draws on 15-plus years of experience in marketing, operations and management across life sciences, healthcare and manufacturing industries. Since joining the company in March 2014, the organization has reinvested record growth into its core operations, with the goal of earning a trusted global leader position in biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing.

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Prior to accepting his role at C3, Mr. Engstrom was the Chief Operating Officer for Medical Advanced Pain Specialists, a multi-specialty group of clinics in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Under his leadership, the team improved patient experience through streamlined operations, resulting in exponential growth over a three-year period. The team successfully delivered against its goal for acquisition in January 2014.
Mr. Engstrom received both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. He is a Six Sigma and Lean Process Improvement leader, trained in previous operational and business development roles at Toro and Ford Motor Companies. His voice of customer, process improvement and quality experiences continue to guide aggressive growth strategies at C3.


SCOTT WANIGER - Vice President of Bioprocessing

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With 29+ years of extensive experience in mammalian cell culture manufacturing, Scott has been a key player in C3’s growth and development.


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His broad scope of knowledge in operations, management and regulatory needs, compliments his hands on experience in overseeing the expansion of 2650 + unique cell lines, producing monoclonal antibody, recombinant proteins, whole cell pellets, cellular extracts, and conditioned media from RUO to GMP applications. He has been fundamental in raising awareness and educating the life sciences industry on the benefits of perfusion based mammalian expression bioreactor systems. Scott has been with C3 since 1988.


TIMOTHY SMALSTIG, MBA - Vice President of Operations

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Tim Smalstig joined C3’s leadership team in October 2016, bringing over 25 years of experience in highly regulated manufacturing environments. In this role, Tim oversees the engineering, manufacturing, facilities, and supply chain for the company’s Instrumentation and Bioservices businesses.

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Before joining the C3’s team, Tim was Director of Manufacturing for a Cardinal Health facility, working in their Medical Device division. Tim earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management and his Bachelor of Science in Applied Technology Manufacturing Systems from University of Wisconsin Stout. He is a Lean process improvement leader, a 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo and a certified martial arts instructor. Tim prides himself not only in building manufacturing organizations, but investing in people.


Curt Gleiter - Vice President, Instruments Division

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Curt is the Vice President of the Instruments Division where he oversees the instrument and cultureware production teams as well as the technical and customer support teams. He supports direct customers and international distributors in regulated (21 CFR Part 11) biologics production, Quality System Regulation-compliant operations, Installation/Operation Qualification (IOQ), and annual contracts. Curt has been with C3 since 1993.

ERIN RASCH, M.S. - Senior Director, Business Development

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Erin Rasch joined Cell Culture Company (C3) in 2015 as Director of Business Development for North America. Her core focus is the continued advancement of C3’s perfusion-based contract manufacturing services to provide therapeutic and diagnostic organizations with a cheaper and quicker alternative for bringing molecules to market.

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She draws on over ten years of biotechnology manufacturing and development services experience to grow the C3’ network of customers and partners. Prior to joining C3, Ms. Rasch spent five years at DCI-Biolafitte as a sales engineer specializing in bioreactors and other process equipment. She began her biomanufacturing career at Verenium Corporation, where she worked as a manufacturing process engineer for 3+ years and interfaced extensively with contract manufacturing organizations.
Ms. Rasch holds an M.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University. She is located in San Diego, CA, and is involved in multiple life sciences industry organizations.


REBECCA THOMPSON, PHD - Senior Director of Quality

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Rebecca returned to Cell Culture Company in November of 2015 as Quality Manager. She oversees quality functions related to GxP compliance, analytical testing , and customer needs.

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Prior to this time Rebecca was the Technical Supervisor of Cellular Immunology for Pharmasan Labs, a CLIA-certified laboratory. Rebecca earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Toledo Health Science Campus and her B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Toledo.


Teresa Markoe - Senior Accountant

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Teresa has been with C3 since July 2015, where she manages the daily accounting operations, as well as the monthly activities for financial reporting. Teresa went to the University of St. Thomas where she earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Accounting. Prior to coming to C3, Teresa was working in public accounting at Ernst & Young and moved to industry working at Target Corporation.