Dennis Henson

Dennis Hensen, Director
Dennis Hensen was named Director of the Biological Process Development Facility in the College of Engineering in September, 2021. He also serves as the project management lead for the facility.

Dennis came to the University of Nebraska in September 2012 and joined the BPDF as the facility Project Manager. He previously served as the Manager of Performance and Process Optimization, Manager of Study Toxicologists, and Senior Supervisor/Toxicologist in the Early Development Group as a member of the Toxicology, Neurotoxicology, and Safety Testing team at Covance Laboratories Inc. He has over 25 years of experience designing, conducting, and monitoring drug development projects and building and leading teams for contract research and manufacturing organizations and their clients. He received his bachelor of science degree in Biology with a Business Concentration from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse and is also a Six Sigma trained Green Belt.

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson, Production Manager
Scott Johnson joined the Biological Process and Development Facility in 1997. As the GMP Coordinator, he oversees production and process development activities for both upstream and downstream activities. He has a broad background in microbial fermentation and protein purification as well as GMP production scale up. Mr. Johnson’s work has involved process development of high cell density microbial fermentations producing recombinant proteins, harvest method using disc-stack centrifugation, tangential flow filtration, cell disruption, column chromatography, enzymatic digestions and other chemical modifications of biomolecules. He holds a MS in Biological Chemistry and a BS in Biology from the University of Nebraska.
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Sandra Williamson

Sandra Williamson, Quality Systems Manager
Sandra Williamson joined the BPDF in October 2014 as the Quality Systems Manager. Prior to joining the BPDF, she was a Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs at Medtronic, Inc. With over 30 years of experience in the food, drug and medical device industries, her background includes quality and regulatory responsibilities for product development, clinical manufacturing, commercial manufacturing and post-commercialization compliance. She has worked with a variety of regulated products, including drugs, biologics, tissue products, medical devices, combination products, foods and cosmetics. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural Sciences from New College of Florida, and a law degree from George Mason University School of Law. She is currently licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Cory Smathers

Cory Smathers, Business Operations Manager
Cory Smathers joined the BPDF in 2007 as a Grants Specialist before moving into his current role in 2009. He began his career in production and operations management, cofounding an automated mail processing facility, and later a software development company focusing on web site security. Prior to joining the BPDF, he served as the director for a microenterprise development program. His role at the BPDF includes grants and contracts administration, business operations, and serving as a member of the project management team. He received his bachelor’s degree for the University Nebraska-Lincoln and holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.