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2018 Annual Report

This report describes achievements and activities covering fiscal year July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.

Academic programs

BTEC offers programs at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate levels for students with a variety of backgrounds including engineering, life sciences, and chemistry. Undergraduates can earn a minor or certificate in biomanufacturing, and non-degree students can obtain a post-baccalaureate certificate. At the graduate level, BTEC offers two Professional Science Master’s degrees, a graduate minor, and two graduate certificates.

Enrollment remains stable

Since December 2008, 299 students have graduated with BTEC's undergraduate certificate or minor. graphs of undergraduate and graduate enrollment

Program completion stays consistent

Since December 2008, 299 students have graduated with BTEC's undergraduate certificate or minor.

Stellar employment rates continue

97% undergraduate placement rate within six months of graduation

BTEC continued to boast cumulative employment/placement rates of 95% for undergraduates and 98% for graduate students through FY 2018. Of the 13 students who completed master’s degrees in May 2018, 10 had secured full-time positions prior to graduation. Graduates of BTEC’s master’s program have been hired by 25 different biomanufacturing/ biotechnology companies. Note: Percentages indicate employment or acceptance into a graduate program within six months of graduation.

2018 student internships

During FY 2018, BTEC provided internships to three graduate students and 19 undergraduates, eight of whom participated in the university’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Students worked on projects in a variety of BTEC’s laboratories and conducted research under the supervision of the center’s faculty and staff. In addition, the three interns who participated in the REU program in summer 2018 learned about various aspects of university research and presented their work at the NC State Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium. BTEC also hosted a student from the Virginia–North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program.

Professional development

BTEC expands the expertise of biotechnology and biomanufacturing professionals and supports the industry through its professional development programs. In addition to open-enrollment short courses and a certificate program, the center offers courses that are customized for organizations and government agencies. Participation in BTEC’s professional development programs reached an all-time high in FY 2018 with a total enrollment of 456.

238 individuals participated in 13 open enrollment courses and 9 customized courses.

Training participants by job function

chart of training participants by job function

In FY 2018, BTEC expanded its ongoing training program for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to include personnel from the agency’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). BTEC developed the combination online and on-site program for the agency’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) in 2007 and delivers a series of courses annually to selected FDA personnel. To date, 168 agency professionals have participated in the program.

BTEC leads, participates in NIIMBL projects to accelerate biomanufacturing innovation

BTEC is leading two new projects funded by the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL). NIIMBL is a public-private partnership with the goal of advancing innovation in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. The one-year projects were awarded in December 2017. Dr. Gary Gilleskie, BTEC’s acting director, is leading the development of a scalable platform process for production, purification, and analysis of adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors used in gene therapy. Rick Lawless, BTEC’s director of industry programs, is project lead for the implementation of automated bioprocess test beds at BTEC and two other universities. The test beds will be used for testing and training in a variety of automation topics. BTEC researchers are also participating on three other teams that received NIIMBL awards. They will perform studies on a novel dehydration technology; develop Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) internal controls for adventitious agent testing; and investigate methods to identify, characterize, and remove host-cell proteins.

Contract services

Since its Contract Services program began in FY 2010, BTEC has completed 159 bioprocess and analytical projects for a variety of local, national and international firms. BTEC utilizes staff expertise and equipment in nearly all areas of our facilities to provide a range of services, such as amino acid analysis of spent media; cleaning studies; HPLC analysis; mycoplasma testing; scale-up and production of cell mass; testing of new disposable bioreactor bags; and testing of novel chromatography media. Contract Services clients include start-ups with drug, bio-agriculture, and industrial products, as well as suppliers of bioprocess equipment.

BTEC completed 16 projects in the last year.

Photos from 2017–18

View the online album of photos from 2017–18.