Jo Anne Valentino

New York Blood Center
Vice President, Quality and Regulatory Affairs
Jo Anne Valentino is an independent consultant to the life sciences industry with over 25 years of industry experience.

Most recently, Jo Anne served as Chief Operating Officer of Minaris Regenerative Medicine, LLC, a US based CDMO for the cell therapy industry. After joining Minaris in January 2019, Jo Anne served as Global Head of Quality for the Regenerative Medicine Business Sector of Showa Denko Materials Co., Ltd. and Vice President of Minaris (United States). She was appointed COO of Minaris’ United States operations in October 2021. In this role, she was responsible for oversight of all US development and manufacturing operations.

For more than seven years, Jo Anne worked at Novartis in quality positions of increasing responsibility, including Executive Director, Quality Head, External Supply Operations, Americas region. In that role, she ensured robust quality oversight for a large portfolio of external suppliers and supported strategic initiatives in the region, product launches and transfers, business integrations, and global compliance improvement initiatives. Prior to Novartis, Jo Anne was in leadership positions at Merck and Schering-Plough in operations and quality, as well as product and process development at Reckitt Benckiser.

Jo Anne holds a MS in management from Stevens Institute of Technology and a BS in chemical engineering from Manhattan College.