To foster the continued success of the biomanufacturing
industry, North Carolina State University has joined forces
with a French university to provide biomanufacturing
training, education and process services in the United
States and Europe.
Biomanufacturing typically refers to the production of
biopharmaceuticals - medical drugs produced through
biotechnology. Examples include vaccines, monoclonal
antibodies and proteins for medicinal use. The overall
impact of the biopharmaceutical industry on the U.S.
economy exceeds $917 billion annually. This translates into
674,000 direct jobs and 3.4 million indirect and induced
Lab equipment housed in NC State's Biomanufacturing
Training and Education Center, or BTEC. NC State will
partner with a French university to provide training and
education in the United States and Europe.
Plans call for the enterprise to become a knowledge hub of
regulatory affairs expertise pertaining to both the U.S
Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines
BTEC International will develop and provide hands-on
biomanufacturing training and regulatory-affairs courses at
the Golden LEAF BTEC facility in Raleigh, N.C., and at the
EASE headquarters in Strasbourg, France. The initiative
will also work with researchers, corporations, governments
and international organizations to create innovative
technologies to advance the biomanufacturing industry.
"We are delighted to launch this initiative with EASE. By
joining forces and integrating new member centers, the BTEC
International network will bring a critical value to
companies in participating regions," says
Dr. Ruben Carbonell, director of BTEC.
"This network will bring together the highest performing
training centers in bioproduction throughout the world,
starting with BTEC North Carolina and Strasbourg
University's EASE, which is strategically positioned at the
crossroads of Europe, in the heart of the Biovalley," said
Jean Marc Jeltsch, vice president for industry partnerships
at Strasbourg University and head of EASE Strategic
Committee. "Working in close partnership with industry and
academic centers, BTEC International will foster the
development of bioindustries by building gold standards for
hands-on training of the workforce."
In the future, BTEC International plans to expand its
membership and become a collaborative network of training
centers. The goal, Carbonell says, is to bring
biomanufacturing companies into closer, mutually supportive
relationships. BTEC International members will work
together to develop partnerships, increase the
international content of curricula, and organize short
courses and seminars.
"The end result is improved employability and enhanced
skills," Carbonell said.
More information on BTEC International is available here.