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Christine (Barner) Seymour, '89 '21P (ChBE)

Director CMC, Pfizer Global Research & Development

B.S., Chemical Engineering

Christine (Chris) is a Director in Regulatory Chemistry and Manufacturing Controls at Pfizer Inc. She leads the regulatory strategy and implementation for a portfolio of projects across all phases of drug development & commercial products including small molecules and biologicals products such as Mylotarg, Xalkori, Xanax and Viagra. Previously, Chris led chemical process development research teams at Pharmacia Corporation and at G.D. Searle for products such as Celebrex and Inspra.

Chris serves on the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Board of Directors and is the 2018 AIChE President. She serves on the Society of Biological Engineering Board of Directors and was the founding chair of the Pharmaceutical Discovery Development and Manufacturing Forum. She has been awarded the AIChE Epstein Award for Technical Programming and was the youngest person elected to AIChE Fellow.

She is the Chair of the Lehigh Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Advisory Council. Chris serves on the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Chemical Engineering Advisory Board. She is an invited lecturer at the Albany School of Pharmacy. She regularly presents on pharmaceutical research and development as well as regulatory strategy and recently edited the following book: Comprehensive Quality by Design for Pharmaceutical Product Development and Manufacture.

Chris has Chemical Engineering degrees from Lehigh University (BS) and from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (PhD) as well as a MS in Regulatory Affairs from Temple University.

She lives in East Lyme, CT with her husband Regan (of 24 thousand years, as he says) and son Gavin. They are thrilled that their daughter Samantha is Lehigh class of 2021 and is studying chemical engineering! Chris’ brother, Ken Barner, is also a Lehigh grad (class of 1986, electrical engineering) and they are hoping that Gavin will continue the family tradition and will study engineering at Lehigh. The Seymours keep busy with endless house projects and for vacations, the Seymours like to go on epic camping and hiking journeys in National Parks.