Sara Cook, Ph.D.
Dr. Cook is the visionary founder of IliaCook Statistical Consulting, specializing in helping clients in Vaccine and Adjuvant Development, Gene Therapy, Cell Therapy, Immunotherapy, CMO, and CRO fields meet their business requirements. With a deep understanding of process statistics, Sara provides invaluable support to nonclinical functions, including Upstream and Downstream Process Development, Technical Transfer, Manufacturing, Scale-up, Quality Control, Analytical Development, Formulations, and informatics groups. Her expertise in advanced statistical and data analytics ensures the highest standards of quality and efficacy. Sara's statistical methods have proven instrumental in optimization of processes, assays, and formulations, for example leading in doubling the expiry of a product and increasing manufacturing titer by 23%. As the former head of Data Science and CMC Statistics at Novavax, Sara empowered global business units, implemented data-driven strategies, and delivered proactive insights for faster decision-making. Her proven track record includes establishing data governance programs, leading high-value initiatives, and enhancing performance through innovative solutions. With a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and extensive industry experience, Sara is a trusted advisor in process optimization, analytical development, and more.