Melissa Bainbridge, PhD

Quality Control Director


As Quality Control Director, Dr. Melissa Bainbridge manages the test labs at Edge Pharma. A key aspect of her work centers on the development and continual improvement of the comprehensive quality program at Edge, which includes both product development and batch testing. Under Dr. Bainbridge’s leadership, Edge has implemented in-house testing across a majority of product batches, and has developed validated methods for a wide variety of applications. For example, whereas traditionally reserved for pharmaceutical manufacturing, Edge has brought the realm of full potency and stability testing to the compounding world. Dr. Bainbridge's team is developing breakthrough proprietary techniques, positioning Edge as one of the leaders in the 503B industry in terms of batch testing, sterility, potency, endotoxin, closure testing, and chemical stability.

 Dr. Bainbridge is an expert in both chemistry and dairy sciences. Her PhD is in food chemistry with a specific focus on enhancing bioactive fatty acids in bovine milk. With expertise both in the lab and in the field, she has a unique perspective within the world of outsourced pharmaceuticals. Her past experiences include University teaching, development of in vitro lipid extraction methods, analysis of herd milk samples, and mouse behavioral experiments. As the gap between 503B Outsourcing and traditional manufacturing closes, Dr. Bainbridge's work is leading the effort to maintain Edge Pharma's position as best-in-class science innovator.


Selected Publications


M.L. Bainbridge, A.L. Lock, J. Kraft. Lipid-encapsulated echium oil (Echium plantagineum) increases the content of stearidonic acid in plasma lipid fractions and milk fat of dairy cows. J Agric Food Chem. 2015, 63 (19), 4827–4835.

M.L. Bainbridge, L.M. Cersosimo, A-D.G. Wright, J. Kraft. Rumen bacterial communities shift across a lactation in Holstein, Jersey and Holstein × Jersey dairy cows and correlate to rumen function, bacterial fatty acid composition and production parameters. FEMS Microbial Ecology. 2016, 92(5), 1-14.