Located near the innovation hub of the Research Triangle Park (RTP), our Cary, North Carolina team offers specialized architectural, engineering, and construction services to a range of sectors including life sciences; pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and novel therapeutics, advanced technology, industrial, and process chemical. We excel in producing flexible and innovative cGMP facilities utilizing modern design technologies for our clients across the southeastern US.
The DPS team is built around people that value effective communication, share their expertise, and work on each client project with a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude. We understand our customers’ needs and focus on our relationship, not just the bottom line which is why 85% of our business comes from repeat clients.
Robert brings more than 30 years of professional experience in engineering, facility operations, construction, and project management to his role at DPS Group. As senior vice president of project operations for the firm’s new Cary, North Carolina office, Robert works closely with a dedicated team of engineers, architects, and construction professionals to deliver successful projects for clients. His extensive engineering experience includes process engineering, controls, automation, validation and qualification, manufacturing operations, and engineering management.
In addition to his engineering background, Robert also has 15 years of project management experience working from both the owner and consultant perspectives for projects ranging from small capital projects to $100 million greenfield expansions. With experience working within the U.S. and across Europe and Asia, Robert’s expertise spans the life sciences, food and beverage, and chemical industries.
Ben is a seasoned business development and sales professional with more than 25 years of experience in the AEC industry. He brings extensive knowledge of the Southeastern U.S. and Research Triangle Park marketplace within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, supporting clients in their quest to deliver meaningful research and development and scale-up manufacturing processes. Ben has a demonstrated history of technical problem-solving and client responsiveness, providing value to clients who place trust in him to deliver solutions that meet their needs. His accomplishments also include process and project optimizations for many manufacturing sites throughout the Southeast.
John possesses more than 36 years in the engineering design and construction industry. John has developed a diverse skillset related to the field of engineering, construction, project management, and operations. His experience includes the planning, design, and full project execution for small, medium, and large-scale commercial, pharmaceutical, and institutional clients. John is well-versed in coordinating the development and utilization of standard design and checking guidelines while assuring the client’s quality, budget, and schedule criteria are met.
John also performs constant peer reviews to assure all project documents are coordinated and compliant with local, state, and national codes.
Leigh’s career in the Engineering and Construction industry spans over 20 years and is recognized in the Biotech, Pharmaceutical, Power, and Manufacturing industries as being a problem solver and a dedicated leader in Project Controls and Project Management. He brings over 20 years of office and field experience working for Fortune 500 Companies as an Owner, Self-Perform Contractor, and Construction Manager on programs and projects ranging from $10k to an excess of $1B. Leigh is an avid supporter and participant in Lean and LCI programs in the U.S. and is a designated Lean Leader as part of DPS’ proposed team to Merck. Leigh’s expertise and experience in leading DPS pre-construction and project controls services (procurement, estimating, cost, and scheduling) will provide specialized value and benefit to our Managed Services team and program.
With over 19 years of experience in the engineering design and construction industry, Matt Bolin has developed a diverse skillset related to the field of engineering, construction, and project management. As a design professional and team leader, he has consistently displayed a solution-oriented attitude that has been fundamental to his success as a Project Manager. His mantra has always been to exceed client expectations through focused attention to detail, active collaboration, and continued technical growth. With a strong foundation in structural design and construction administration, he has naturally transitioned into positions of increasing responsibility. Matt’s experience has included the roles of Structural Analyst, Project Engineer, Senior Structural Engineer, Facilities Department Head, and Design Project Manager, and Manager of Projects.
Mark Canter is an industry-leading process engineer and manager with over 35 years of diverse experience in the biotechnology, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. He has spearheaded the design and construction of large-scale bioreactors and fermentors, as well as complex modular process systems. He also has extensive A/E firm and owner-side experience in the scale-up and design of facilities for the production of recombinant therapeutics, including bacterial and cell culture platforms, as well as blood and plasma-derived products.
Mark’s design experience includes numerous antibody and vaccine projects ranging from small-scale clinical operations to very large-scale projects with multiple 20,000-liter bioreactors. He has worked with a range of clients, including both development stage companies and large multi-national biopharmaceutical companies.
As Director of Biotechnology, Mark will drive innovation and thought leadership in the biotechnology market sector across all U.S. project operations business units within DPS. Working out of our Cary, NC office, he will foster and support a mentoring network for biotechnology-focused employees and will serve as a top-level technical expert for biotechnology project assignments on a global basis.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and is an active member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE).
Emily is a process engineer, specializing in biological process and facility design. Working in the life sciences for over 20 years, she has gained expertise in designing facilities for monoclonal antibodies, vaccines, and gene therapy production, both in stainless steel and single-use. She is industry-recognized for her subject matter expertise in multi-modal facilities where different product types are produced in the same facility, due to her deep knowledge of complex facility layouts, GMP flows, and regulatory considerations.
As a top-level technical expert for DPS Group, Emily will support clients by leveraging her extensive experience to track and identify the next breakthrough technologies in the life sciences industry. Based in Cary, North Carolina, she will drive innovation and thought leadership for DPS, globally, by challenging the status quo.
A graduate of North Carolina State University, Emily holds two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and Bachelor of Science in biochemistry. She is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of North Carolina and an active member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE).
Jeff is a registered professional engineer with 17 years of experience leading and providing process engineering, procurement, and construction support for pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing facilities. Jeff has extensive experience in medical device, oral solid dosage, bioprocessing, and aseptic fill finish capital projects.He has been the lead technical resource on projects up to $50 million TIC (total installed cost) and has been a key member of the Process Leadership Team on projects up to $200 million TIC. His experience includes facility master planning, equipment arrangement/plant layout, pharmaceutical equipment selection and specification, PFD and P&ID development, and piping design. He is highly skilled in process calculations, process simulation, and determining piping system hydraulics.