Dr. Firelli Alonso is Senior Director, External Supply at Pfizer, Inc. She heads the BioTherapeutics and Vaccines Outsourcing group in Worldwide Research and Development. Fi has 34 years of combined experience in research, development, and cGMP production of biological products and vaccines, and 14 years of experience in outsourcing, project / contract management, and technology transfer to qualified third parties. Her areas of expertise include viral vectors and viral vaccine development, recombinant proteins, vaccine process development and cGMP production, project management, technology transfer, outsourcing, and budgets and operations.
She obtained her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, followed by postdoctoral research at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, and Rutgers University, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine. Prior to joining Wyeth / Pfizer in 1996, Fi worked at The Salk Institute (Government Services Division), a vaccine contract manufacturer for the U.S. Armed Forces.