Hands-On Viral Vaccine Manufacture

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This course can count toward your Professional Certificate in Biomanufacturing Science.

Why should you attend?

This five-day course provides those attending with a broad understanding of viral vaccine production. The course begins with an overview of vaccine fundamentals, including vaccine types, basic vaccine immunology, and virus types. Attention then shifts to those steps necessary to produce, recover and purify virus, using influenza A as a model for viral vaccines. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on laboratory activities, participants learn the fundamentals of egg-based and cell-based virus production and virus recovery and purification methods including ultracentrifugation, chromatography, and ultrafiltration. Basic analytical techniques for quantifying and characterizing virus are also examined. At the end of the course, attendees will have a thorough understanding of the "how and why" behind vaccine manufacture and consequently be better equipped to manufacture viral vaccines and troubleshoot vaccine processes.

Attend and you will learn

  • Vaccine classification and basic vaccine immunology
  • The principles—both fundamental and operational—that underlie key operations used in viral vaccine production including egg-based and cell culture-based virus production, "low-speed" centrifugation, ultracentrifugation, chromatography, and ultrafiltration
  • The critical process parameters CPPs) for each unit operation, how these parameters are monitored, and the effect that a change in CPP value will have on process performance
  • How vaccine products are characterized with respect to their safety, efficacy, and purity by means of quantitative assays

Who should attend

Anyone interested in obtaining a basic knowledge of the operations involved in production of viral vaccines and applying that knowledge in industry-like labs, such as the following:

  • Scientists and engineers who are new to viral vaccine production
  • Biomanufacturing supervisors and managers interested in learning about the parts of the vaccine process that they do not manage
  • Other personnel—including quality assurance, quality control, and validation professionals—who support vaccine manufacture but may not be directly involved with execution of the processes they support
  • Vendors who supply the vaccine industry with equipment and components

Attend and you will receive

  • 37.5 hours of instruction (3.7 Continuing Education Units)
  • Notebook containing all course lecture and lab materials
  • Morning coffee
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon beverage break
  • Certificate of attendance


This course is facilitated by a team of BTEC and NC State faculty, including Driss Elhanafi, Ph.D., Gary Gilleskie, Ph.D., Nathaniel Hentz, Ph.D., Matt Koci, Ph.D., Jennifer Pancorbo, Ph.D., and Lucas Vann, M.S.




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.


BTEC strongly prefers payment by credit card at the time of registration. BTEC accepts payment from all major credit cards including American Express, Visa, and MasterCard. If you are not paying by credit card at the time of registration, please email to make arrangements immediately after registering and note the following:

  • If you wish to pay by company check or wire transfer, please note that payment is due within 10 days of registration and seats can not be held longer without payment or confirmation of a pending payment.
  • If your company requires an invoice for processing, and the invoice needs to reference a PO number, please include the PO number in your email. Please note that a PO number will not hold a seat.
  • If you wish to pay by wire transfer, please note that BTEC will add a 2% wire transfer fee to the total cost of the course.
  • If no payment arrangements/confirmations have been received within 10 business days of registration, BTEC reserves the right to cancel registration based on enrollment demand.

Any additional questions prior to registration should be directed to

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.

Cancellation by BTEC

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.

Pre-Course Communication

Upon successful registration for a course, you will receive an automatically-generated email as well as another email from Melody Woodyard confirming your registration. If you do not receive these emails within two business days of registering for a course, please email to confirm your registration.

Once registered, confirmed course participants will receive an email approximately two weeks before the scheduled course with detailed information regarding travel to BTEC, parking information, and a short pre-course questionnaire.