This featured report continues BPI’s annual focus on biomaufacturing training by introducing some programs through which industry and academia are extending science to the production floor. After an introduction from NC State University’s Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center, articles from the United Kingdom (University College London) and the Netherlands (the Biotech Training Facility) describe two different approaches. The final article describes a collaborative program driven by a US government initiative that brings together many different perspectives from industry, academia, and beyond.
Building Competency in Basic Science:
The Secret Weapon of Tomorrow’s Bioprocessing Technician
Today’s bioprocessing technicians are highly skilled professionals who can operate large automated equipment, juggle numerous support activities, and document manufacturing deviations. In coming years, their jobs will become even more rigorous as companies push more decision-making to the production floor to save time and resources. With the trend toward smaller batches made in bench-scale and/or single-use disposable equipment, this strategy becomes easier to implement. One way to foster increased decision-making on the production floor is to hire or promote employees who understand the basic scientific principles underlying a bioprocess. What abilities and skills do the workforce of the future need to make those decisions? And how can that workforce be developed? Read on to find out.
Addressing Knowledge Gaps and Skills Development: Modular Training Keeps the Bioindustry at the Leading Edge
The Modular Training for the Bioprocess Industries Programme (MBI) is run by the Department of Biochemical Engineering at UCL. It comprises a series of UCL-accredited short courses in bioprocessing, designed specifically for industrialists, that can be taken as stand-alone modules or can be combined for certificate, diploma or masters qualifications.
Hands-On Training for Biopharmaceutical Careers: Trainees Gain Practical Experience in Realistic Production Environments
BPI’s editor in chief spoke with Ronald Kompier, Managing Director of the Biotech Training Facility in Leiden, The Netherlands, about his new training facility. It is envisioned to offering programs similar to those of NIBRT for new biotechnology professionals in the Dutch biotech industry. This article provides an overview of the programs offered and the director’s insights into its plans for the future.
Introducing NIIMBL: Accelerating Innovation in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing
The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) was launched on 1 March 2017 as a cooperative agreement with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) within the US Department of Commerce. NIIMBL is one of the newest members of Manufacturing USA, a network of manufacturing innovation institutes in which industry, academia, and government work together to accelerate implementation of advanced manufacturing and develop a trained workforce in several key sectors of the US economy. NIIMBL serves as a catalyst for innovation that leverages the resources of small, medium, and large companies, academic institutions, government laboratories, state governments, and nonprofits.