Professor Ivan Wall is an interdisciplinary scientist who works at the interface of cell biology, bioprocess engineering and digital technology. His research group works on stem cells and extracellular vesicles, emphasising industrial translation and scale-up production.
At the University of Birmingham, where he has a part-time appointment, he is the Director of the National Training Centre for Advanced Therapies Manufacturing. His ambition is to see Birmingham become a hub manufacturing cell and gene therapies that local patients can benefit from. Most of Ivan’s time is spent outside of the University, building local businesses. Some of his activities involve being a Co-Founder and Director of FourPlus Immersive, which makes virtual reality training simulations for medicines manufacturers and educational institutions. This is critical to accelerating workforce growth as new medicines such as gene therapies, cellular therapies and vaccines become increasingly adopted in healthcare. Ivan is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Quest Meat, driving a food revolution through cellular agriculture to make meat using sustainable, cruelty-free methods. This is critical for ensuring food production meets the needs of a rapidly increasing global population with less impact on climate change than current industrial farming.