UMass Lowell opened a fully automated biomanufacturing pilot plant with equipment and services donated to the University by corporate partners: Invensys Process Systems (IPS), Wyeth Biotech, and Dakota Systems. Equipment to be donated by Millipore will be used in an adjoining lab to work in tandem with the plant. The new plant and lab will help Massachusetts biomanufacturing companies bring new biopharmaceuticals closer to commercial production. Contributions are worth $600,000.
The Massachusetts BioManufacturing Center is an interdisciplinary research, development and education center to assist biotechnology companies in developing procedures leading to industry-compliant manufacturing processes. Through education, applied research and process development, the center offers solutions that improve productivity, quality, and cost of biomanufacturing operations.
“This pilot lab is a great example of how the university, state, and private corporations can partner to advance technology, expose students to the latest industry trends, and bring ideas to market quicker,” said UMass Lowell chancellor Marty Meehan, who noted that biotechnology is an important driver of the state’s economy.
Source: Control Engineering