NCTM is honored to be included in a December 2016 BioProcess International publication, focusing on biopharmaceutical training.
Texas A&M and Blinn College students turned out en masse on October 27, 2016, to receive career advice from regional pharmaceutical manufacturing professionals during a panel hosted by the NCTM. More than seventy (70) students converged on NCTM’s lecture halls today to learn how to enter the field from a microbiologist who works in the Validation and Quality Assurance, a biochemist and immunologist who is a biopharma company project Manager, and a director of manufacturing for a vaccine/biotherapeutics Contract Manufacturing Organization (CMO). The event was organized by the Texas A&M Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Student Association (FKA the Texas A&M ISPE Student Chapter), whose mission is to connect students to these growing industries.
On October 13, 2016, NCTM hosted a PDA Texas Chapter half-day event that was sponsored by Steris, BD, Beckman Coulter, Kimberly Clark, Globiox, Ellab, and MDx Bioanalytical. In attendance were more than forty (40) industry professionals from across the state, researchers, and students from Texas A&M and Blinn College. The event began with tours of Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies-Texas’ vaccine and live virus manufacturing sites, followed by dinner and the following presentations/tours:
- “Innovation in Vaccine Science”, by Thomas Page, Ph.D. (Associate Vice President of Engineering, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies Texas)
- “A New Resource for the Development and Training of Biopharmaceutical and Biotechnology Manufacturing Personnel”, by William Jay Treat, Ph.D. (Director of the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing) and Jenny Ligon (Assistant Director of the NCTM); with a tour of NCTM cGMP-based Training Labs
- “Biopharmaceutical Product Development: Overview of the FDA Process for Approvals and Post-Marketing Changes”, by Mansoor Khan, R.Ph., Ph.D. (Director of Formulations Design and Development Core Laboratory in the Rangel College of Pharmacy at Texas A&M University, Former Director of the Product Quality Research Division of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research-FDA)
More than 120 Texas high school students across three age groups participated in this year’s BioFORCE Summer Academy hosted by the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM). Over the course of the summer these students gained invaluable knowledge concerning the biotechnology industry through performing bacterial transformation and multiple quality assurance assays, as well as training on the very bioprocessing equipment used daily in pharmaceutical manufacturing.
NCTM is seeking recently‐discharged Texas service members interested in getting the skills needed to obtain a successful career in the fast‐growing pharmaceutical and biotech industries. NCTM’s Military Veteran’s Manufacturing Vaccines program was made possible by a grant received from the Governor of Texas’ office and provides cost-free professional development and training to former service members so that they can enter the biopharmaceutical workforce. The Spring 2016 cohort begins March 21, 2016, so go to EVENTS and apply now!