BTEC International to provide biomanufacturing training
North Carolina State University has joined forces with Strasbourg University to provide biomanufacturing training, education and process services in the US and Europe.
The new organisation, BTEC International, is the result of a partnership between NC State’s Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing and Education Centre (BTEC) and Strasbourg University’s European Aseptic and Sterile Enviroinment Training Centre (EASE), developed with Alsace Biovalley.
Plans call for the enterprise to become a knowledge hub of regulatory affairs expertise pertaining to both the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency.
BTEC International will develop and provide 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 organisations to develop and test innovative technologies to advance the biomanufacturing industry.
In the future, BTEC International plans to expand its membership and become a collaborative network of training centres.
‘We are delighted to launch this initiative with our partners from Strasbourg, the European Aseptic and Sterile Environment Training Centre.
‘By joining forces and integrating new member centres, the BTEC International network will bring a critical value to companies in participating regions,’ said Ruben Carbonell, director of BTEC.
‘The end result will be improved employability and enhanced skill sets.’
With an initial investment of €27m and opening in late 2014, EASE will constitute Europe’s foremost training facility for the biopharmaceutical industry in the Upper Rhine Valley.
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