Prabir Basu is an independent consultant advising on pharmaceutical manufacturing and cGMP issues. From 2005 till June, 2013, Prabir was the Executive Director of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE) which is currently a non-profit organization supported by thirteen leading universities in the U.S. From 2004 to 2010, along with his role as Executive Director, NITPE, Prabir also served as Managing Director of the Pharmaceutical Technology Education Center at Purdue University’s Discovery Park. Prabir, along with his colleagues at Purdue University founded NIPTE at Purdue in 2005. Prior to joining Purdue University, Prabir worked in the pharmaceutical industry (Pfizer, Pharmacia and Searle) for over 20 years in various capacities in research, development and manufacturing. During that period, Prabir had broad-ranging global senior management responsibilities for product development, manufacturing and global outsourcing. Before joining Searle, Prabir briefly taught Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology and worked for Unilever PLC (UK) in India for about 10 years. Prabir has co-authored several journal and conference papers and 2 patents. Prabir has also co-edited two books on Pharmaceutical Operational Excellence along with Prof. Thomas Friedli and his colleagues at University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.