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An Introduction to Biopharma for Engineers

  • Date(s)
    Thursday, 24 May 2018
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training, Fosters Avenue, Mount Merrion, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €450
    Non-Members: €495

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    7 hours   C1


The size and importance of Ireland’s pharmaceutical industry over the past decade has been well documented. As this industry tackles the challenges of expiring patents and increasing cost pressures, new opportunities and business models are emerging in biotechnology and the convergence with related industries. However, bioprocessing facilities, processes and employee competence differ significantly to those of the traditional pharmaceutical industry.

Course aim

This one-day CPD course will provide an insight into the biopharma production process, the equipment used in biopharma plants, the operation of key utilities servicing biopharma plants as well as the process measurement, control and digital communication commonly used in state-of-the-art biopharma plants. Delegates will gain a comprehensive understanding of the distinct differences between traditional pharma plants and biopharma plants.


  • Introduction to Bioprocessing Lecture

This session has been designed to give a high level overview of the main areas in a modern biopharma production process. Trainees will gain an understanding of the upstream, downstream and fill finish processes of the biopharmaceutical production train.
This theory session will cover the following topics:

  • Difference between pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals
  • Basic genetic engineering
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • Overview of bioprocessing
    • Overview of upstream processing
    • Overview of downstream processing
    • Overview of fill finish and aseptic processing
  • NIBRT Utilities Lecture

This session is designed to give a high-level overview of the critical utilities in a biopharma plant. Trainees will gain an understanding of the theory and operation of the following key systems:

  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Clean in Place (CIP)
  • Purified Water (PUW)
  • Clean Steam (CS)
  • Water for Injection (WFI)
  • NIBRT Pilot Plant Facilities and Utilities Tour and Walk Down

This session begins with a presentation on the process at NIBRT and takes the trainee through each piece of equipment used in the production process. This will follow on with a tour through the NIBRT facility which has been purpose built to replicate a modern bioprocessing plant with state of the art equipment. This session allows the trainees insight into the production process and the requirements for successful production, including the instrumentation requirements involved. The second component of the facilities tour will comprise a tour of the NIBRT “clean utilities” plant room, during which trainees will be guided through the critical utilities systems serving the NIBRT plant.

  • Biocontamination Control Lecture

This theory session will cover contamination control and culture and its importance in the Biopharma industry.  The following topics will be covered:

  • Identification of the major sources of contamination in a biomanufacturing facility including equipment and personnel.
  • Key engineering problems associated with contamination including steam traps, non return valves, cold spots, diaphragms etc
  • Possible consequences of contamination.
  • Methods of manufacture which help to reduce contamination.
  • Principles of environmental monitoring in an aseptic processing area with reference to the key regulatory guidelines and standards.
  • Introduction to Process Measurement, Control and Digital Communication

The final session gives trainees an overview of Process Measurement, Control and Digital Communication using our fully equipped and state of the art training rig. This rig can simulate a biopharma upstream cell culturing process and a Clean in Place (CIP) process. The processes are monitored by a wide range of instrumentation, including pressure, temperature, flow, level, NIR, foam monitoring, conductivity and dissolved oxygen. The instruments communicate to the automation system through wired and wireless digital communications protocols.

Who should attend

The course will be beneficial to any engineer or technician looking to work in the biopharma industry or looking to provide engineering services to biopharma organisations.


NIBRT is a global centre of excellence for training and research in bioprocessing located in a world class facility. This Biopharma for Engineers training course is a one day course designed to deliver a detailed introduction to the bioprocessing industry and the operations involved focussing on key areas of engineering. The course involves theoretical sessions to introduce the trainee to the key areas involved in the bioprocessing industry followed by a walk-down of the equipment involved. The course will then focus on the utilities involved in the biopharmaceutical production process.

NIBRT also houses a state of the art Endress+Hauser instrumentation rig which will be a key focus of this training day for engineers. This equipment will be used to deliver an understanding of the theory of process measurement, control and digital communications and its application in an industrial process control environment.


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24 May 2018




“Overall a superb facility for Biopharma training, world class. Leading the way in every aspect of Biopharma training. Thanks!”

“Good balance of overview and detail. Real life examples to support training.”


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