Ricardo Rivera-Santana

Title: Senior Facilities Manager
Company: WuXi Biologics
Location: Rensselaer, New York, United States

Ricardo Rivera-Santana, Senior Facilities Manager at WuXi Biologics, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pharmaceutical production.

Following earning a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 2000 from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Mr. Rivera-Santana continued his education with a Master of Science in management from Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs in 2006. 

Since 2021, Mr. Rivera-Santana serves as the senior manager of facility management at WuXi Biologics, a premier contract and development manufacturing organization for provides open-access, integrated technology platforms for biopharmaceutical drug development. From 2016 to 2021, he had flourished as director of product development and project and engineering manager with PISA Bio-Pharm in Albany, New York, where he spearheaded the manufacturing of medical devices and pharmaceuticals in accordance with various federal regulations and industry protocols. 

Beginning in 1999, Mr. Rivera-Santana has prospered as a project manager and engineering professional lending his expertise to many pharmaceutical and chemical companies and regulated manufacturing, semiconductors and construction industries including utilities, critical facilities, and process equipment. He brings experience leading maintenance and engineering personnel in cGMP and FDA-regulated environment and is an excellent team player with management, vendors, contractors and production/maintenance personnel.

Mr. Rivera-Santana became involved in his profession in project management because of his passion for getting things done. He has always been a hands-on person who makes sure things are completed. As a career highlight, he cites rebuilding a facility in Tijuana, Mexico that was done during the COVID-19 pandemic nearly remotely. In coming years, Mr. Rivera-Santana’s goal is to obtain projects with new companies that he will be involved from the ground up. He would also love to continue to develop professionally and learn new skills.

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