Dr. Andrew Lees founded Fina Biosolutions in 2006 to help emerging market vaccine manufacturers learn to make affordable protein polysaccharide conjugates for vaccines. FinaBio is now a premier provider of conjugate vaccine laboratory and consulting services for the Biotech and Vaccine industry throughout the world. We are located in the heart of Maryland’s biotechnology corridor, close to the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and many global biopharmaceutical companies. We have a well-equipped laboratory for molecular biology and protein expression, conjugation, and conjugate vaccine characterization. Our scientists collaborate with universities such as Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland, as well as the local biotechnology community to expand their resources.
CEO and Chief Scientific Officer
Andrew Lees is the founder and CEO of Fina Biosolutions LLC (Rockville, MD), a company focused on promoting affordable conjugate vaccines by making the technology available to emerging market vaccine manufacturers. Among his contributions in the field, Andrew developed an efficient linking chemistry that is widely used in conjugate vaccines, a class that includes vaccines for S. pneumoniae and meningococcal disease. The chemistry has helped to reduce the cost of these vaccines. Andrew is also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Vaccine Development, the Uniformed Services University, Dept. of Medicine, and the University of Toledo, Dept of Chemistry. He has over 75 publications and 25 patents, mainly in the area of conjugate vaccines. Andrew received his BS in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College (1976) and his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins (1984). Honors include the Uniformed Services Meritorious Service Award, the Harvey Mudd College Outstanding Alumni Award, the Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumni Award, and the American Chemical Society Horton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Industrial Carbohydrate Chemistry. On graduating from Hopkins, he was on the cover of Baltimore Magazine as one of “84 people to watch in ‘84” due to his role as a leading Baltimore area magician.