Hands-On cGMP Biomanufacturing of Vectors for Gene Therapy

May 13–16, 2019
August 5–8, 2019

Delivery methods

Course content

Why should you attend?

To obtain hands-on training in the production of vectors for gene therapy products using an AAV2 model system in both HEK293 cells and Sf9/Baculovirus systems. Engage in pilot/manufacturing-scale upstream operations (adherent and suspension cell culture, vector production scale-up in cell stacks and single-use bioreactors); downstream operations (cell lysis techniques, recovery via filtration and centrifugation, purification using chromatography, and ultrafiltration for product formulation and bulk filling); and analytical technologies, as well as discuss strategies and issues around scale-up, tech transfer, and adherent vs. suspension cultures.

Attend and you will be able to

  • List key cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practice) requirements/expectations
  • Describe the unit operations commonly used for production of gene therapy vectors, including their purpose, underlying principles, and operation
  • Generate baculovirus
  • Culture adherent and suspension cell lines
  • Optimize transient transfection conditions
  • Harvest vector using scalable operations and describe options for harvest process design
  • Purify vector using appropriate resins and AKTA chromatography systems
  • Formulate drug substance by ultrafiltration
  • Perform basic scale-up calculations for operations involved
  • List parameters that are monitored and/or controlled to ensure acceptable process performance
  • Calculate step yields for downstream operations
  • Describe analytical tools used in assessing and characterizing gene therapy products and processes

Who should attend

Anyone interested in obtaining basic knowledge and hands-on exposure to production-scale biomanufacturing operations used in the manufacturing of vectors for gene therapy products, such as the following:

  • New or existing biomanufacturing employees taking on a new assignment focused on gene therapy
  • Research scientists from academia or industry interested in gaining knowledge of cGMP manufacturing of AAV vectors
  • Biomanufacturing support personnel who may not be directly involved with the process they support
  • Vendors who supply the biomanufacturing industry with equipment and components

Attend and you will receive

  • Notebook containing all course lecture and lab materials
  • Morning coffee
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon beverage break
  • Certificate of attendance


  • Laurie Overton
  • Gary Gilleskie, Ph.D.
  • Caroline Smith-Moore, Ph.D.
  • Cristiana Boi, Ph.D.: Dr. Cristiana Boi is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bologna, Italy, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State University. Her research activity deals with difficult separations and focuses on the fundamental aspects of the different processes considered and on their possible applications. In recent years, her interest has shifted towards separations for bioprocessing and biomedical applications using membranes and chromatographic processes to purify biological molecules of therapeutic interest or to remove toxins and small molecules from blood and water streams. Since February 2017, she has been the president of the European Membrane Society (EMS).




This course was developed with a project award from the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) and financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (70NANB17H002).

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Additional support has been provided by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.


All courses are offered on site at BTEC, other than online courses. The Golden LEAF BTEC building is located at 850 Oval Drive on NC State University's Centennial Campus.


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Discounts available

A 20% discount is available to:

A 30% discount is available to faculty/staff working in academic environments.

A 40% discount is available for NIIMBL members for the "Hands-On cGMP Biomanufacturing of Vectors for Gene Therapy" and "Hands-on Essentials of Automation for Biomanufacturing" courses.

Check out BTEC’s professional development certificate program for an additional way to save money on short course costs.

Short course cancellations

Cancellation by registrant

To cancel a registration and be eligible for a refund of course fees, you must notify BTEC by e-mail to or fax to 919-513-1697. Fees are refunded according to the following schedule:

  • 100% refund – If notification is received at least 15 business days in advance of course start date
  • 75% refund – If notification is received 10–14 business days in advance of course start date
  • 50% refund – If notification is received 6–9 business days in advance of course start date
  • No refund will be issued if notice is received 5 or fewer business days in advance of course start

Substitutions may be made up to two business days prior to the course start date. Notify the BTEC office by fax at 919-513-1697 or by e-mail to Please include the name and email contact for the replacement. Please note that BTEC is unable to honor substitutions for individuals taking discounted courses as part of the professional development certificate program.

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BTEC retains the right to cancel a professional development short course no less than 10 business days in advance of the scheduled course start date. Registrants will be notified by BTEC if a course is cancelled and will receive a full refund of registration fees paid. BTEC is not responsible for airfare penalties or other costs incurred due to cancellation.

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