Biopharmaceutical Bioprocessing Technology Centre

About Us

About Us

Working to deliver the leaders of the future and solve the current industrial research challenges.

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Our Background

The Biopharmaceutical Bioprocessing Technology Centre (BBTC) was founded in 2008 in response to the demand for highly skilled staff in the bioprocessing industry as identified by the Bioscience Innovation Growth Team (BIGT) and bioProcessUK. Around this time stricter regulatory requirements came into place demanding a deeper understanding of process behaviour. We decided to use an approach that focus on whole processes to enable consistently high quality production. Quality by Design (QbD) underpinned by process analytical technology (PAT) offers the ideal solution.

Our Approach

Over the past 9 years we trained a new generation of EngD students with competencies in all stages of commercial biopharmaceutical process development. We made use of the strong research reputation of Newcastle University in biological and engineering sciences aligned to the biopharmaceutical sector. Chemical Engineering as the founding discipline of the BBTC has an outstanding reputation in bioprocessing, data analysis, process modelling, process control and process intensification. This base is complemented by the expertise of the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine.

Our Industry Links

We worked with 34 companies many based in the North East of England. Companies range from large multinationals to small businesses and start-up companies; they span diverse industry sectors like biopharma, contract manufacturing, instrumentation development and software systems. Our students are embedded in the company working on both established manufacturing platforms and emerging technologies. Over time we started working with the wider processing industries to make QbD more widely accessible.