Bioseparations / Bioprocessing Development Center (BBDC)

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State funds allocated to BTEC are aimed to support its educational and training programs, which are based on hands-on instruction in state-of-the-art facilities. The BBDC funding provided by the Kenan Institute is helping BTEC staff, graduate and postdoctoral students participate in industry analytical and process development projects, which are not funded by the State.

BTEC provides matching funds in the amount of $2 million in facilities for this effort. In addition, BTEC is providing leverage in the amount of $200,000 per year in staff salaries to support the analytical and process services program. BTEC has nearly $250,000 in bioprocess services projects for small and large companies in NC. BBDC also enabled BTEC to succeed in getting three major grants from the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), and more recently, from the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Institute (CESSMI).

In addition to participating in several NIIMBL grants with NC State faculty, BTEC has initiated a long-term contract with NIIMBL to develop a testbed for studies on adaptive process control methodologies for the production of biopharmaceuticals and the development of process and raw materials data ontologies that can be disseminated to NIIMBL companies. This program will provide BTEC with approximately $1.3 million in new equipment, and several hundred thousand dollars a year during the next five years for support of personnel, supplies and other related expenditures.