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Enrollment in WPI’s Biomanufacturing Training 10 Times Higher than 2011

Friday, September 11, 2015

 

Enrollment at WPI’s Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center (BETC) more than doubled in the last fiscal year . A total of 349 people participated in BETC programs in FY 2015, up from 142 the previous year and nearly ten times the number enrolled in biomanufacturing training programs at WPI in 2011.

In FY2015, employees from 31 companies completed programs at the BETC and the center’s currciculum expanded with new programs in upstream and downstream biomanufacturing processes, a WPI graduate course in animal cell culture technology, and several customized programs designed for specific biomanufacturing companies and equipment suppliers.

“It was an exciting year made possible by the dedicated, talented team we have at our center,” said Kamal Rashid, PhD, director of theBETC  and research professor at WPI.  “The BETC is maturing into the vital resource that WPI and its partners in industry and state government envisioned. By working together, we are helping biomanufacturing companies grow and helping people advance their careers in this important industry.”

Following the success of “Fundamentals of Biomanufacturing” program, the BETC opened in 2013 and the center combines classroom instruction with hands-on training.

The BETC drew from all six New England states in 2015, as well as California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. However, no one traveled farther than Wataru Kobayahsi from Shizouka, Japan.

“The hands-on aspect was the most important. It really helped me understand the technology and start to think about how we build our quality program in biologics,” Kobayashi said. “I am sure some of my colleagues will be back for programs here next year.”

“When WPI began planning for what would become the BETC, we were motivated not only by the economic impact of biomanufacturing, but also by its potential to help people with life-changing medicines,” said Stephen P. Flavin, vice president and dean of Academic and Corporate Engagement at WPI. “The growth at the BETC, and in our life sciences and biomedical engineering programs across the university, exemplifies WPI’s commitment to innovative educational models that enable people and companies to succeed.”

 

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