Stephen Morris is a Research Fellow in Vaccine Process Analytics within the UCL-Oxford Future Vaccine Manufacturing Research Hub. His main interests are in the development of high throughput methodologies for the optimisation and simplification of vaccine manufacturing processes. He has special interest in the translation of these processes to LMIC manufacturing environments.
Manufacturing vaccines today is inefficient due to the use of serial batch operations in large complex facilities that require highly trained operators and extensive quality testing throughout production. The goal of the Vax-Hub is to overcome the traditional inefficiencies that manifest at the interfaces between the current discrete stages of batch manufacturing, fill-finish, and quality control testing when delivering high-quality, efficacious vaccines. Thereby securing the supply of essential vaccines throughout the world.