While the Chester County Health Department and various drug stores in Henderson are busy providing the Moderna vaccine, many citizens may not be aware of the close tie that the vaccine has to Henderson. A former resident was instrumental in the development, testing and now the manufacture of this vaccine.
Anna Graf Myers attended Chester County High School as a foreign exchange student during her junior year during the 1989-1990 school year, while living with David and Wanda Black. She returned to her native Bremen, Germany for her senior year, but came back in 1991 and attended and graduated from Lambuth College in Jackson, while living in Henderson.
Anna is now the senior manager of the Manufacturing Science and Technology team at Lonza Group, the company partnering with Moderna for the manufacture of the vaccine in their Portsmith, New Hampshire plant. Lonza is a multinational organization which works with customers to test, obtain regulatory approval, manufacture and distribute various pharmaceuticals as part of its business. The Group has a long history of working with big drugmakers. Lonza is building out capacity for 400 million doses a year – 300 million from three production lines in Visp, Switzerland, and 100 million in New Hampshire. As senior manager, Anna is responsible for directing, monitoring and planning with her team to make sure that they meet the quality and manufacturing goals. She has her Bachelor’s Degree from Lambuth College and her Master’s Degree in bioengineering from the University of New Hampshire.
Anna currently lives with her husband Ed and their daughter Isabel, in Nottingham, NH. She maintains dual citizenship in the US and in Germany. She travels around the world to various Lonza sites to advise and consult.