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The process may be the product, but it’s people who enable success.

The Stack Family Center for Biopharmaceutical Education and Training (CBET) offers biomanufacturing training programs for people to advance their careers and for companies to grow. Open enrollment programs are standardized and available for individual or group registrations. Customized programs are designed by CBET faculty in partnership with companies to address their specific training needs, such as accelerating the onboarding of new employees or to enhance the skills of their existing teams.

Given the complexities of biomanufacturing processes, regulatory demands, and the tremendous cost of batch failures, CBET provides a risk-free environment for people to learn new skills, working hands-on with live bioprocesses, without putting product at risk.

2021 Open Enrollment Programs

Principles of Biomanufacturing for Pharmacists and Health Science Professionals

This course is designed for pharmacists and health science professionals seeking to learn the fundamentals of biopharmaceutical product development and biomanufacturing, spanning upstream and downstream processing, QA/QC, and regulatory guidelines. The program covers the basics of upstream processing utilizing microbial and mammalian cell systems, including cell line development, growth kinetics, media formulation, and scale-up strategies. The downstream portion of the course will cover separation and purification of biologics and the systematic approach to industrial scale application of cell disruption, centrifugation, micro/ultrafiltration, and process chromatography. Quality control topics will include product- and process-related impurity and potency issues in the production of biopharmaceuticals. Emphasis will also be placed on the regulatory aspects of bioprocessing, covering current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) and validation issues. The lecture component of the course is planned for flexible online delivery that is accessible to working professionals, while the hands-on laboratory component will be offered during three days of condensed work at the center. Pharmacists will benefit from this comprehensive course by attaining the skills and knowledge of key facets of biomanufacturing required for employment in the biopharmaceutical industry.

Course will be delivered through a combination of online lectures and in-person labs.

August 3 – September 9, 2021 Online Lectures

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-8PM EST

September 20 – 22, 2021 In-person laboratory session @ CBET

Tuesday – Thursday, 8AM – 5PM EST

Microbial Fermentation: Upstream

This course will emphasize laboratory work on generation of recombinant strains of microorganisms using molecular biology techniques; microbial growth and bioprocessing, scale-up strategies, and the engineering design aspects of fermentation vessels (including kinetics, mixing, aeration, and mass transfer). Advances in fermenter design, fermentation regimes, and process analytical technology tools will be introduced to ensure that participants are aware of the possibilities for upgrading their current designs. Process intensification techniques and strategies, design of experiment, strain screening, media and growth optimization will also be covered. The course also covers the interface between upstream and downstream processing and optimization of an entire process through troubleshooting. Aspects of recombinant vaccine production will also be covered.

August 24 – 27, 2021

Cell and Gene Therapy

September 21 – 23, 2021

Mammalian Cell Culture: Upstream

This course will emphasize upstream processing of mammalian cell culture systems. Participants will gain experience culturing suspension cells heavily utilized for therapeutic protein production as well as anchorage-dependent cells utilized for vaccine manufacturing (e.g., CHO and Vero, respectively). Batch, fed-batch, and perfusion cultures will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on process design (including cell density and cell viability optimization strategies), scale-up strategies, media optimization, quality control, and error prevention for risk mitigation. The regulatory aspects of cell culture utilization for production of biologics, including vaccines, will be addressed. In addition, principles of insect cell culture and baculovirus expression system for production of biologics will be covered.

October 18 – 22, 2021

Separation and Purification of Biological Products: Downstream

This four-day intensive course will cover all aspects of protein product separation and accompanying purification strategies during downstream processing of both microbial and mammalian biologics, using advanced techniques and the latest equipment. Theoretical knowledge from lectures will be applied in the laboratory sessions. Cell disruption, centrifugation, filtration, chromatography, and quality aspects of the final product will be addressed through hands-on training. Functional activity assays, high-throughput proteomics, and protein characterization by UHPLC/Mass Spectrometry will also be covered.

November 9 – 12, 2021

Process Analytics Technology and Quality by Design in Biomanufacturing

Coming in 2021

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