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Biomanufacturers Find Unique Workforce Training at N.C. State

Carolina Headlines - Bioscience

RALEIGH, NC – Maintaining a skilled workforce is a priority, and sometimes a challenge, for biomanufacturing companies. In North Carolina, the Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center at N.C. State University is providing one-of-a-kind workforce training for biomanufacturing companies. Students are flocking to the biomanufacturing program, which began offering a master’s degree in September 2010 in addition to an undergraduate minor. This spring semester, 300 students are participating in the undergraduate program.

The Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) is a 82,500-square-foot facility located at Centennial Campus, N.C. State’s research park. Lab space makes up approximately two-thirds of the facility.With a $39 million grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation, N.C. State designed the biomanufacturing program to give college students real-world experience through genetically altering biopharmaceuticals or organisms to create pharmaceuticals.

“Our focus is to train students for careers in industry,” Gary Gilleskie, the associate director for operations, told
WRAL Tech Wire. Gilleskie also said BTEC is the only program that incorporates a simulated manufacturing facility. “There are a number of local companies that make biopharmaceuticals. One of things that make us unique is that everything we teach has a hand-on component.”

Local school teachers and students can take part in biomanufacturing outreach programs offered by BTEC. The university also offers specialized courses to industry professionals already working in biomanufacturing, and has averaged more than 200 participants annually.

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