The Biopharmaceutical Bioprocessing Technology Centre (BBTC) at Newcastle University was initiated 10 years ago as an EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training. The aim is to transform process design, and especially bioprocess design, through novel application of analytical tools and techniques. Our expertise in Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and Quality by Design (QbD) is at the heart of this approach.
Since then almost 50 students undertook their engineering doctorate (EngD) with us. Our students spend a big part of their time in a company giving them the opportunity not just to obtain an academic degree but to gain at the same time industrial experience. Companies profit from this arrangement by getting direct access to the research expertise of the university. We worked with 34 companies –from small start-ups to large multinationals.
Research projects span the traditionally distinct scientific disciplines of biology, chemistry and engineering. Over the last years our students delivered significant technological advances to the UK biopharmaceutical and processing industry.