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New Partnership to Advance Biomanufacturing Industry in Europe and U.S.

6/20/2012

PRESS RELEASE by NCSU Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center


RALEIGH, NC, June 18, 2012 – To foster the continued success of the biomanufacturing industry, North Carolina State University’s Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) and Strasbourg University’s European Aseptic and Sterile Environment Training Center (EASE), developed with Alsace Biovalley, have joined forces to create BTEC International. This new organization will provide biomanufacturing training, education and process services 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 Agency.

BTEC International will develop and provide hands‐on biomanufacturing training and regulatory affairs courses at the Golden LEAF BTEC facility in Raleigh, NC, and at the EASE headquarters in Strasbourg, France. The initiative will also work with researchers, corporations, governments and international organizations to develop and test innovative technologies to advance the biomanufacturing industry.

Biomanufacturing typically refers to the production of biopharmaceuticals—medical drugs produced through biotechnology. Examples include vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, and proteins for medicinal use. A trained workforce is critical to success. The overall impact of the biopharmaceutical industry on the U.S. economy totals in excess of US$917 billion in direct, indirect, and induced impacts on an annual basis. Every U.S. dollar in output generated from this sector generates another US$1.40 in output in other sectors of the economy. This translates into 674,000 direct jobs and 3.4 million indirect and induced jobs. The biopharmaceutical sector workforce earned US$258 billion in wages and benefits in 2009, which in turn generated nearly US$33 billion in state and local tax revenue and more than US$52 billion in federal tax revenues in 2009.

“We are delighted to launch this initiative with our partners from Strasbourg, the European Aseptic and Sterile Environment Training Center. By joining forces and integrating new member centers, the BTEC International network will bring a critical value to companies in participating regions,” said Dr. Ruben Carbonell, director of BTEC.

“We are proud to launch the BTEC International network with our partners from North Carolina. This network will bring together the best performing training centers in bio‐production 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. Working in close partnership with industry and academic centers, BTEC International will foster the development of bio‐industries by building gold standards for hands‐on training of workforce,” said Jean Marc Jeltsch, Vice President, Industry Partnerships, Strasbourg University, and head of EASE Strategic Committee.

In the future, BTEC International plans to expand its membership and become a collaborative network of training centers. The purpose of BTEC International, according to Carbonell, 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 skill sets,” Carbonell said.

The Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) at North Carolina State University was founded in 2007 to provide high quality, hands‐on education and training in cGMP manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals for university students and incumbent workers in order to meet industry’s need for professionals with highly specialized skills. It is the largest biomanufacturing training center in the United States, with 82,500 gross square feet (gsf) of space, which includes 63,000 gsf of labs and 9,000 gsf of classrooms. http://www.btec.ncsu.edu/

With an initial investment of 27 M€, and currently being developed for its opening in late 2014, Strasbourg University’s European Aseptic and Sterile Environment Training Center (EASE), developed with Alsace Biovalley, will constitute Europe’s foremost training facility as a response to the training needs of the biopharmaceutical industry in the Upper Rhine Valley (~50,000 employees). At 32,000 gsf, the EASE facility will allow companies the opportunity to train both new and experienced employees in a “factory‐classroom” model, making employees to emerge immediately operational in the industry in the heart of Europe. http://www.alsace‐biovalley.com/fr/Excellence‐intraining‐213.html#EASE_GB

For more information about BTEC International, visit www.btec.ncsu.edu/intl


Media Contacts:

Bill Welsh, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Strategic Programs
Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC)
Phone: 919‐513‐0969
Fax: 919‐513‐8235
bill_welsh@ncsu.edu
http://www.btec.ncsu.edu/

Nicolas Carboni
Member of EASE Strategic Committee
Contact : Terre d’Info, Elsa Vanoli
Phone: 00 33 3 88 13 25 04
elsa@terredinfo.fr
http://www.alsace‐biovalley.com/fr/Excellence‐in‐training‐213.html#EASE_GB