Wake Tech offers a variety of non-degree, short classes and certificate training programs in biotechnology, including hands-on training in biomanufacturing and biopharmaceutical operations in a simulated industrial, current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) environment.
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- Explore the fundamentals of fermentation including: the history of fermentation, industrial microorganisms and products, cGMP considerations in fermentation, microbial nutrition and growth, cell metabolism and product formation, sterilization, fermentor design, instrumentation and control, and fermentation support systems and operations.
- Gain hands-on experience in: sterilization, media preparation, and culture operations at both the shaker flask and bioreactor scale.
- Day 1 Lectures
a. Introduction to fermentation processes (history)
b. Industrial microorganisms and their products
c. Current good manufacturing practices as directed to fermentation processes
d. Sterilization Rules
e. Nutrition and Cell Growth
f. Metabolism and Product Improvement
- Day 1 Labs
a. Review lab safety
b. Refresh a culture
c. Prepare shaker flask media
d. Microscope observations
- Day 2 Lectures
a. Fermentor Design
b. Fermentation Instrument and Control
c. Fermentation Support Systems
d. Fermentation Operations
- Day 2 Labs
a. Inoculate and monitor shaker flasks for growth
b. Identify nutrition components of various media
c. Perform a sterilization investigation
- Day 3 Lecture - Single Use Technologies
- Day 3 Labs
a. Identify parts of bioreactor
b. Inoculate bioreactor and monitor throughout day
c. Use of additional analytical equipment for monitoring
d. Clean-up and store
- Attendance 95% or above
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