Gain specialist knowledge in bioprocessing

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Gain specialist knowledge in bioprocessing

With our Fast Trak education, you can access application training in specialized bioprocessing techniques. The courses provide a tangible learning experience for process development and manufacturing scientists, relevant to everyday work.

Comprehensive training for your specific needs

Learn best practices in enabling technologies

Expert instructors with insights in today’s biomanufacturing challenges

Global training and education centers

20% discount for early registrants (at least 60 days prior to start of course)

Fast Trak courses

Munich, Germany courses may differ in scope and length of courses. Please contact your regional Fast Trak center for latest calendar information on all courses. Further course information, including our cancellation policy, can be found in General course information

Advanced bioreactor cultivation technology CELL1

Course description

Duration: 3.5 days
This course covers bioreactor cultivation and upstream process development strategy using single-use equipment. You will learn how to optimize processes and monitor critical parameters for scale-up. We also discuss validation and process design considerations for good manufacturing practice (GMP). Practical sessions include bioreactor inoculation and evaluation of cell culture performance using analytical techniques. You will develop a medium and feed strategy based on cell metabolism and scale it up using key engineering principles.

  • In-depth training on cell culture technology
  • Optimization and development of medium
  • Process development and evaluation, scale-up, and bioengineering in an animal cell culture

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CELL1 venues
Uppsala, Sweden Nov 26–29 2019 Songdo, South Korea Sep 24–27 2019 Tokyo, Japan Jun 11–14 2019
Dec 10–13 2019
Bangalore, India Mar 12–15 2019
Jul 2–5 2019

Advanced bioreactor cultivation technology pilot scale CELL2

Course description

Duration: 3.5 days
This course covers bioreactor cultivation and upstream process development strategy using single-use equipment at pilot scale (up to 200L scale). You will learn how to optimize processes and monitor critical parameters for scale-up. It you help to learn how to establish a pilot production process for your preclinical sample production including validation and process design considerations for good manufacturing practice (GMP). Practical sessions include bioreactor inoculation and evaluation of cell culture performance using analytical techniques. You will develop a medium and feed strategy based on cell metabolism and scale it up using key engineering principles.

  • In-depth training on cell culture technology
  • Optimization and development of medium
  • Process development and evaluation, scale-up, and bioengineering in an animal cell culture

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CELL2 Venues
Shanghai, China Jun 11–14 2019
Dec 10–13 2019

Introduction to downstream techniques and bioprocessing DEV1

Course description

Duration: 3 days
Learn downstream processing techniques suitable for large-scale protein purification and considerations for process development. The course provides understanding of the techniques and parameters governing separation. You will operate lab-scale ÄKTA avant systems using a variety of chromatography resins to separate and purify a crude feed.

  • Basics in industrial processing and chromatographic techniques suitable for large-scale purification
  • Different chromatographic techniques
  • Purification strategies and optimization
  • Process hygiene and column packing
  • Laboratory practicals: purification of protein from clarified E. coli lysate or milk whey

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DEV1 venues
Marlborough, USA Apr 9–11 2019
Oct 1–3 2019
Uppsala, Sweden Apr 2–4 2019 Munich, Germany May 21–23 2019
Oct 15–17 2019
Tokyo, Japan Sep 12–13 2019 Songdo, South Korea Jul 2–4 2019

Downstream bioprocess development DEV2

Course description

Duration: 5 days
This hands-on course covers advanced downstream processing design, optimization, and troubleshooting of chromatographic processes. The training is geared towards strategic thinking. The focus is on design and optimization of critical operating parameters involved in developing a scalable, economic, and robust chromatographic process. Related topics covered include process hygiene, column maintenance routines, and scale-up issues. You will develop a three-step chromatographic process. You will also optimize the process for purity, recovery, and productivity suitable for manufacturing scale.

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DEV2 Venues
Marlborough, USA May 6–10 2019
Dec 2–6 2019
Bangalore, India Jun 10–14 2019
Sep 9–13 2019
Uppsala, Sweden Nov 4–8 2019 Shanghai, China Aug 5–9 2019 Songdo, South Korea Nov 4–8 2019

Bioprocess scale-up and technology transfer DEV4

Course description

Duration: 3 days
Understand advanced late stage process development, scale-up, and transfer. This course will cover process design and optimization for production. It will provide an introduction to validation and column packing. The importance of safety and economic issues related to automation will also be discussed. You will optimize conditions in a two-step process and work on maintaining separation performance at increasing scales. Group exercises and discussions will focus on ”real-life” scale-up issues, complementing the hands-on work.

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DEV4 Venues
Uppsala, Sweden Oct 8–10 2019 Shanghai, China Oct 15–17 2019 Songdo, South Korea Sep 18–20 2019

Introduction to design of experiments DOE1

Course description

Duration: 3 days
This course gives an introduction to design of experiments (DoE) principles and the statistical terms associated with them. We will also discuss different DoE designs and the process of evaluating results. Hands-on exercises will provide experience in evaluating various pre-generated DoE data files. You will also set up and run your own DoE experiment on an ÄKTA avant system, assess potential responses, and evaluate the results.

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DOE1 Venues
Bangalore, India May 8–10 2019 Uppsala, Sweden May 7–9 2019 Munich, Germany Apr 4–5 2019
Nov 7–8 2019
Shanghai, China Feb 26–28 2019
Nov 12–14 2019

Downstream bioprocessing of monoclonal antibodies MAB1

Course description

Duration: 4 days
Get an introduction to mAbs and current challenges involved in biopharmaceutical production. You will learn general purification strategies focusing on platform processes using affinity chromatography for capture. We will also discuss polishing steps, including multimodal techniques for key contaminant removal. In the practical session, you will define operating conditions for a human mAb process optimized for yield, productivity, and process economy. Biosimilars, analytical techniques, and manufacturing-scale considerations for purification of mAbs will also be discussed.

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MAB1 Venues
Uppsala, Sweden May 21–24 2019 Shanghai, China Jun 18–21 2019 Tokyo, Japan Oct 9–11 2019

Large–scale column packing COL1

Course description

Duration: 3 days
This hands-on course focuses on optimizing large-scale column packing and handling methods as well as testing and maintenance of chromatography resins in large-scale columns. We will address factors influencing separation performance and the relationship to reproducibility, stability, and economy in an industrial manufacturing setting. You will pack and test large-scale columns, with different design features and dimensions, using several types of chromatography resins.

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COL1 Venues
Marlborough, USA Jun 11–13 2019
Dec 17–19 2019
Uppsala, Sweden Mar 5–7 2019 Tokyo, Japan Nov 7–8 2019 Songdo, South Korea Apr 16–18 2019

Small-scale column packing COL2

Course description

This hands-on course focuses on optimizing small-scale column packing, handling methods as well as testing and maintenance of chromatography resins. We will address factors influencing separation performance and the relationship to reproducibility and stability. You will pack and test small-scale columns, with different design features and dimensions, using several types of chromatography resins.

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COL2 Venues
Munich, Germany Jul 1–3 2019

Advanced cell therapy technology CELLT1

Course description

This course provides both classroom and laboratory instruction within cell therapy processes and cell manufacturing under good manufacturing practice (GMP) procedures. Divided into upstream, cell expansion, and downstream applications, practical laboratory sessions will provide beginning-to-end technical knowledge and training on industry standard equipment and reagents. Guidance to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) development will also be discussed. Templates for SOPs are provided upon request.

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CELLT1 Venues
Marlborough, USA Sep 24-26 2019 Uppsala, Sweden Oct 22–24 2019 Shanghai, China Mar 5–7 2019
Sep 17–19 2019
Songdo, South Korea Mar 12–14 2019

Advanced UNICORN system control for chromatography systems UNI1

Course description

Duration: 3 days
Learn both basic and more advanced UNICORN programming. The basic overview covers aspects like user and system set-up, manual control, performing runs, editing method, creating methods using block programming as well as use of air sensors and alarms or warnings. The overview is followed by more advanced programming instruction, such as conditional programming, watch commands, and start protocols. Advanced evaluation procedures, importing/exporting data, comparing results and developing reports are also covered. Optimization of system variables, networking and validation issues will be discussed.

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UNI1 Venues
Marlborough, USA Mar 26–28 2019
Jul 9–11 2019
Sep 10-12 2019
Uppsala, Sweden Feb 19–21 2019
Jun 24–27 2019
Munich, Germany Mar 19–21 2019
Aug 27–29* 2019
*On demand course, registration only available once first course offering is full.

Japan: Validation-workshop VWS1

Course description

Duration: 1 day
Gain knowledge in current approaches to process validation. The course includes using QbD and process analytical technologies (PAT). It also covers the validation of processes based on disposables. This workshop is a direct response to positive customer feedback from earlier validation workshops. Our regulatory experts will present and discuss current aspects of validation and related issues. The understanding of downstream process validation will be enhanced by group exercises.

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VWS1 Venues
Tokyo, Japan Jul 19 2019

Custom courses

Biacore basics

Biacore basics is a course both for users new to SPR, those who have never been formally trained or users with prior experience that want to familiarize themselves with a new platform type. In this class, we cover the technologies behind Biacore systems, assay development, best practices in basic experimental design and the most common applications run on today’s Biacore systems

Kinetic and affinity analysis

This course is intended for users interested in binding kinetics who have already attended Biacore basics. The course is available for Biacore T100/T200, 3000, S200 and X100 systems. We focus on the design and optimization of kinetic and affinity experiments, and evaluation of kinetic and affinity data using the Biacore evaluation software. In addition, we will include the use of BIAsimulation software for design of kinetic and affinity experiments.

Custom training and process consultancy

Our global team of bioprocessing experts can provide guidance for existing unit operations as well as support in designing new processes that meet current regulatory demands and reduce time-to-market by:

  • Reviewing and assessing existing processes to help define critical parameters
  • Offering technical guidance and oversight for developing scalable upstream and downstream processes
  • Recommending ways to increase process efficiencies
  • Troubleshooting different unit operations
  • Training operators at your site

FlexFactory operator training

Duration: 8 to 10 days
This course provides training on FlexFactory equipment, consumables, and automation at your qualified FlexFactory site. Training will be focused on day-to day-operation of the various components of the FlexFactory platform. This includes set-up and installation of consumables, connection and transfer between unit operations, start-up and running in automated mode, as well as troubleshooting. The course is developed for operators and those involved in daily operation of a FlexFactory platform.

Advanced technical maintenance training

This training enables in-house engineers to carry out preventative maintenance. Together with GE’s documentation, this course will ensure you have the know-how to carry out a service on GE-manufactured equipment.

Technical maintenance training

Enable faster resolution of equipment issues by improving communication between in-house service engineers and GE’s field service engineers. This course offers basic equipment level 1 training through both lectures and hands-on exercises. You will learn how to interpret error codes, resolve simple issues quickly and become more effective working with GE’s engineers when needed.

Bioprocessing using membrane separations MEM1

Learn about membrane separation techniques used in bioprocessing with emphasis on cross flow filtration (CFF) techniques using open and/or screen channel devices. The course provides a general understanding of optimization, cleaning, validation, and scale‑up. In the practical sessions, you will learn basic methods, including membrane preparation, air diffusion, and integrity testing. You will also conduct experiments on optimizing clarification and concentration/diafiltration steps.

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Custom course venues
At your site or one of ours
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Fast Trak global training and education centers

Course facilities are located across the world. They are equipped with teaching labs furnished with our latest products and equipment. The Fast Trak regional centers are located in the USA, Sweden, Korea, India, and China. Satellite centers are found in Turkey, Germany, Japan, and Singapore.

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