Biopharmaceutical Bioprocessing Technology Centre



BBTC projects were cross-disciplinary projects hosted in the School of Engineering, School of Natural and Environmental Science, School of Computing and the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences at Newcastle University. Across these Schools we have access to a wide range of high class facilities to support industry relevant research.

The School of Engineering has a designated bioprocessing lab for lab scale experiments and a pilot plant for large scale and upscaling work. In addition researchers have access to a wide range of analytical instruments maintained by the Process Intensification, Biosystems and Advanced Materials research groups.

The School of Natural and Environmental Science has excellent Marine Biology facilities. The algal culture suite is equipped to grow algae under defined conditions i.e. constant temperature, controlled light:dark cycle and controlled aeration. The LED Photobioreactor is used for algal culture under controlled environmental parameters including the light source. These facilities are complemented by the Molecular Biology Suite.

The Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems (ICOS) as part of the School of Computing has wet lab and dry lab facilities. Wet lab facilities allow the creation of genomic and imaging data. The vast array of available software and servers, mostly developed in house, enable a profound analysis of these data and data from other data rich work. The dry lab facilities as well support Synthetic and Systems Biology projects.

The Institute of Cell and Molecular Biosciences has a wide range of equipment for proteomic research many based in the ICaMB Pinnacle Lab for Proteomics & Biological Mass Spectrometry. In addition there are high-throughput screening facilities and a range of electron microscopes.