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Biotechnology: Principles in Practice

Location Start Date End Date Price Purchase
Barnard Castle, U.K. 09/11/2017 10/11/2017 £995.00 / €1,165.00

Barnard Castle, U.K. 22/11/2018 23/11/2018 £995.00 / €1,165.00

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This course provides a comprehensive overview of biotechnology ideology and practice, historically, as we are now, and expected developments in the future.

Biotechnology is a wide field and we will be looking at basic principles, concentrating on the production and development of a single processing route that encompasses the key techniques, materials and requirements involved in producing a range of products. In addition to the actual processes involved, this course will include guidance on validating, verifying and quantifying the techniques and systems in operation in order to maximise quality and consistency.

The course is spread over two days to allow interaction between the lecturer and attendees. The presentations will be supplemented with workshops that will be used to verify understanding and look at the biotechnology industry and its future. The course itself will encourage discussion and participation which will lead to greater understanding of the current status of biotechnology and the future of the industry.

Who Should Attend This Course?

This course provides a broad, general overview of biopharmaceutical manufacturing and is ideal for anyone who is new to the industry or processes, as well as being a good refresher for those more experienced individuals. The course would be suitable for different functional groups within the organisation including Operations, Quality Assurance, Engineering, and Validation. 

Course Objectives

Course objectives are to provide an understanding of:

  • Different types of biotechnology processes
  • Current and future GMP requirements for biotechnology
  • Typical product lifecycle phases and regulatory requirements
  • Steps involved in the manufacture of clinical batches including scale up, product characterisation, and control of process inputs and outputs
  • How the product can influence facility design and the use of disposable technologies
  • Differences between the production of a variety of cell substrates e.g. mammalian, bacterial, viral, and plant cell products
  • Upstream processing including cell culture, fermentation, harvest 
  • Downstream processing including typical purification techniques
  • Analytical techniques employed to verify final product purity
  • Fill Finish activities, storage and distribution of product
  • Principles of process and equipment validation

Course Content

This course will include presentations and workshop sessions on the following subject areas: 

Day 1

cGMP in Biotechnology: An introduction to the cGMP aspects of biotechnology management and control. This session will review the standard commonalities and also the specific differences and activities within biotechnology that require a re-think of the standard GMP attitudes. We will look at anticipated and future requirements together with observations given by inspectors.

Regulations and Standards: This session will include a review of EU Annex 2, ICH Q5A/B/C/D/E, FDA requirements, Licensing and Development.

Biotech Products 1: What is a biotech product and how has the perception of biotechnology changed over the years? How do the different types of biotech products work and what are the different methods of presentation and delivery?

Biotech Products 2: What are the various forms of biotech products in the current pharmaceutical environment? The presentation includes an outline of different types and a review of current standing of each type in the pharmaceutical industry.

Clinical Batches: Within this session the application of scale-up, product characterisation, raw material usage, and control of plant, animal, viral and bacterial derived products will be reviewed.

Facility structure and organisation for Biotech Production: An overview of the risks and controls required when constructing a biotech facility together with the use and benefits (or otherwise) of disposable technology will be provided.

Day 2

Upstream Processing: This session will review the processes involved in preparation and initial generation of material for production of crude biotech products prior to purification.

Downstream Processing: The session will review the confirmation of production and primary and secondary purification requirements and techniques together with in-process activities.

Analytical Techniques: What analytical techniques and testing are required to confirm that the final product is of the purity and definition required. A range of analytical techniques will be reviewed including absence of viruses, DNA and plasmid confirmation plus purity and stability checks.

Fill-finish and Storage/Distribution: There will be a review of formulation and fill/finish into final containers, controls required and the storage and distribution of the final product, including requirements in the hospital or clinic.

Validation 1: A review of the validation, qualification requirements and techniques for the process, CQA/CCP, media production and hold times plus cleaning.

Validation 2: An overview of the validation and qualification requirements for equipment used, virus filtration and overall IQ/OQ/PQ practices and documentation.

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Location Start Date End Date Price Purchase
Barnard Castle, U.K. 09/11/2017 10/11/2017 £995.00 / €1,165.00

Barnard Castle, U.K. 22/11/2018 23/11/2018 £995.00 / €1,165.00


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