Robin Thorpe, PhD, FRCPath
Member and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Executive Editorial Board, GaBI Journal
Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists
Former Head of Biotherapeutics Group, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control
Prior to becoming Head of the Biotherapeutics Group at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), London, UK, Dr Thorpe was Head of the Division of Immunobiology (1986–2004) and the Division of Immunology and Endocrinology (2004-2006).
Since joining NIBSC in 1980, Dr Thorpe has worked on cytokines, monoclonal antibodies, immunoglobulins and the immunology of infectious agents.
Dr Thorpe’s recent interests include the unwanted immunogenicity of biologicals, development of improved bioassays for cytokines, the immunology of monoclonal antibodies, cytokine contamination of biological products and cytokine involvement in adverse reactions to biologicals.
Dr Thorpe has been a member of the Biologicals sub-committee and External Advisory Panel to the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM); the British Pharmacopoeia Commission of MHRA – Expert Advisory Group on nomenclature, the British Pharmacopoeia Panel of Experts on Biological and Biotechnological Products, Biologicals and Vaccines Expert Advisory Group of Commission on Human Medicines (CHM).
Dr Thorpe is Chairman of the Working Group on Monoclonal Antibodies of the European Pharmacopoeia. He attends meetings of the Biologicals Working Party and Biosimilars Working Party of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) at EMA, and chairs the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) Standardisation Sub-committee for chemokines and the Standardisation and Nomenclature Committee of the International Cytokine Society.
Dr Thorpe has over 200 publications in scientific journals and books. He is an Associate Editor for Cytokine, Biotherapeutics Section Editor for Biologicals, and an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Immunological Methods & Current Analytical Chemistry.
Dr Thorpe retired from NIBSC on 11 October 2013 and was appointed as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of GaBI Journal on 19 November 2013.