Aldevron has added six new employees in its Fargo location, including Steve Chalfant, Pragya Dahal, Maureen Krogstad, Audra Puppe, David Fellen and Michael Schmidt.
Chalfant is Aldevron’s facilities and EHS director. He comes to the company from Althea in San Diego. He attended Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colo., and Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif., where he studied business administration.
Dahal, Krogstad, Fellen and Puppe are biomanufacturing operators. Dahal is a 2015 graduate of North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry. She was previously employed at United Blood Service in Fargo.
Krogstad graduated from Granite Falls, Minn., Technical College. She previously worked at Granite Falls Energy in Granite Falls.
Puppe graduated from the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in forensic science. She previously was employed at United Blood Services in Fargo
Fellen comes to Aldevron after serving in the United States Army.
Schmidt is a laboratory technician who is a 2017 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead in Moorhead, Minn. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology and exercise science.
Aldevron serves the biotechnology industry with custom production of nucleic acids, proteins, and antibodies. Thousands of clients use Aldevron-produced plasmids, RNA and gene editing enzymes for projects ranging from research grade to clinical trials to commercial applications. Aldevron specializes in GMP manufacturing and is known for inventing the GMP-SourceTM quality system. Company headquarters are in Fargo, N.D., with additional facilities in Madison, Wisc., and Freiburg, Germany.