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Biopharmaceutical and Bioprocessing Technology at Newcastle University

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Elaine Martin, Professor Gary Montague, Dr Bryn Jones


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Newcastle University has made strategic moves to bring together activities in the area of biopharmaceutical development and manufacture in the University Centre in Biopharmaceutical and Bioprocessing Technology (BBTC). This case study describes the experiences involved in establishing the cross Faculty Centre, building teaching and research activities and establishing collaborative relationships with industry. The BBTC was established in response to Government level initiatives to expand the output of universities to support an industry sector that is of vital importance to the UK. Several key steps in the creation of the BBTC will be discussed. Achieving the support from local Government through the Regional Development Agency helped provide vital support in building University / Industry collaboration and supported short term activities that are particularly suited to SMEs. The award of Research Council funding for an Engineering Doctorate programme has enabled the BBTC to undertake doctoral level study through industrially embedded researchers. Twelve researchers commencing their studies every year fulfils long term training requirements and the industrially embedded nature of the programmes serves to deliver research that satisfies industrial need. The programme benefits a broad range of companies from large multinational pharmaceutical companies to small SMEs with the students gaining diverse and varied experience. In addition to the doctoral level, a new degree programme is providing for undergraduate study and providing a broad coverage of the subject area. In all activities of the BBTC, the emphasis on quality of delivery has been predominant and focus on the BBTC brand has brought broad awareness of its activities. Above all having support at the most senior levels in the University has been crucial in attracting external funding.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Martin EB, Montague G, Jones B, Symmington J

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Unpublished

Conference Name: DOC CAREERS II 1st Workshop

Year of Conference: 2010

Publisher: European University Association