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
Marlborough, USA Oct 27–30 2020 Uppsala, Sweden Nov 24–27 2020 Songdo, South Korea Mar 10–13 2020 (KR)
Sep 8–11 2020 (EN)
Tokyo, Japan Dec 10–13 2019
Jun 9–12 2020
Nov 10–13 2020
Bangalore, India Feb 25–28 2020
Jul 27–31 2020

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 Dec 10–13 2019
May 12–15 2020
Sep 15–18 2020

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 7–9 2020
Aug 11–13 2020
Uppsala, Sweden Mar 31–Apr 2 2020 Munich, Germany Jun 30–Jul 2 2020
Nov 17–19 2020
Songdo, South Korea Mar 25–27 2020

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 4–8 2020
Oct 5–9 2020
Bangalore, India Mar 23–27 2020
Sep 7–11 2020
Uppsala, Sweden Nov 4–8 2019
Nov 2–6 2020
Shanghai, China Mar 16–20 2020
Oct 12–16 2020
Tokyo, Japan Aug 26–28 2020 Songdo, South Korea Nov 4–8 2019
Feb 24–28 2020 (KR)**
Sep 14–18 2020 (EN)**
**Abbreviated training, please ask your regional contact for information.

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
Marlborough, USA Mar 9–13 2020 Uppsala, Sweden Jun 9–11 2020 Shanghai, China Dec 8–10 2020 Songdo, South Korea Jul 8–10 2020

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 Apr 22–24 2020 Munich, Germany May 12–13 2020 (EN)
Nov 5–6 2020
Shanghai, China Apr 14–16 2020
Nov 10–12 2020

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 Sep 29–Oct 2 2020 Tokyo, Japan Jul 1–3 2020

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 Dec 17–19 2019
Jun 16–18 2020
Nov 17–19 2020
Uppsala, Sweden Sep 15–17 2020 Tokyo, Japan Oct 15–16 2020

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
Marlborough, USA Jul 28–30 2020 Munich, Germany Apr 27–29 2020
Oct 19–21 2020 (EN)

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 May 12-14 2020
Sep 15-17 2020
Uppsala, Sweden Oct 22–24 2019
May 5–7 2020
Shanghai, China Jan 7–9 2020 Songdo, South Korea Apr 7–9 2020

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 17–19 2020
Jul 7–9 2020*
*On demand course, registration only available once first course offering is full.
Uppsala, Sweden Feb 4–6 2020*
May 12–14 2020
Dec 1–3 2020
*On demand course, registration only available once first course offering is full.
Munich, Germany Mar 17–19 2020
Sep 8–10 2020*
*On demand course, registration only available once first course offering is full.

Advanced UNICORN Methods for Xuri W25 UNI2

Course description

Duration: 3 days
UNI2 is an advanced practical course on the use of UNICORN software for method writing in cell therapy manufacturing environments. The course starts with an introduction to the UNICORN software platform. This overview is followed by lectures covering topics in Method Editor, including method structures, text instructions, variables, and conditional programming. Additional lectures will provide overviews of method queues and system control. The course covers functionalities for evaluating results such as comparing results, importing/exporting data, developing reports, and advanced evaluation procedures. Throughout the course, there are both in-class and in-lab exercises to supplement the lecture materials.

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UNI2 Venues
Marlborough, USA Sep 22–24 2020

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.

FlexFactory Wonderware Engineering Training

Duration: 5 days
This course is designed for the novice Wonderware user to become familiar with Batch recipe functionality, FlexFactory phases, and Dream Report Studio functionality. Through a combination of lectures and practical hands-on sessions, you’ll learn how to create, modify, and execute recipes and reports from start to finish. For a real-life application, bring your process requirements to create your own recipe or edit an existing one. This course is applicable to Batch and phases created in the FlexFactory Wonderware software platform, versions 1.04 and above.

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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Please contact your regional Fast Trak center for custom courses and the latest calendar updates.

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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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