Master's in Biomanufacturing graduation

Published May 22, 2012

Scholarship RecipientsKeynote speaker Bill Bullock addresses the audience.

The Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) on NC State’s Centennial Campus held the first commencement ceremony for its graduate program on Thursday, May 10, 2012. The engineering-based cross-disciplinary degree is the first of its kind and supports the continued growth of the biopharmaceutical industry in North Carolina and beyond. Students graduate with hands-on experience with industry-scale equipment, an industry internship, professional skills development, and MBA course work. The first class of five graduates included four Master's of Science in Biomanufacturing students and one Master of Biomanufacturing student. Four of the five students had job offers prior to graduation.

Scholarship Recipients
The inaugural class of BTEC graduate students listens to Prof. Michael C. Flickinger's address.

The graduation ceremony was held at BTEC and attended by members of the North Carolina biomanufacturing industry, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBC), the Golden LEAF Foundation, NC BIO, Duke University, NCSU’s College of Engineering, BTEC faculty, and friends and family of the graduating students. Guest speaker Bill Bullock, VP of Bioscience Industry Development for NCBC, spoke to the benefits of the unique program and its enormous potential on the future growth of biotechnology in the state.

BTEC intends to grow the program in the future and is converting many of its course offerings to the evening time frame to better support working professionals.