NIBRT is a world-class institute that provides training and research solutions for the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry.

The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) is a global centre of excellence for training and research in bioprocessing. NIBRT is located in a new, world class facility in Dublin, Ireland. This facility is purpose built to closely replicate a modern bioprocessing plant with state of the art equipment.

NIBRT arose from a innovative collaboration between University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and the Institute of Technology, Sligo. NIBRT was primarily funded by the Government of Ireland through Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency, IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency), which is responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland.

NIBRT offers a quality training and research experience not previously possible anywhere in the world.

Our Mission

NIBRT is a world-class institute that provides training and research solutions for biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Our mission is to support the biopharmaceutical industry by providing a unique learning experience for trainees in an environment that replicates the most advanced industrial bioprocessing facility. In parallel, we also undertake leading edge research in key areas of biopharmaceutical manufacturing in collaboration with industry and academia.

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NIBRT Culture

NIBRT’s Culture defines the desired ethos of the Institute and how we interact with our colleagues and clients.

Our Culture is summarized by “CIRCLES” logo which represents the interdependency between our three main areas of activity; training, research and operations.

“CIRCLES” is also an acronym for our seven value statements of Collaboration, Innovation, Respect, Client focus, Learning organization, Excellence and Safety.

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NIBRT Training

NIBRT provides a “one stop shop” for the bioprocessing Industry’s training requirements. We provide a dynamic catalogue of course content from which we build unique training solutions for our Clients. These solutions range from operator training through to the senior management training and can be delivered in a variety of formats to suit each Client’s requirements. Our aim is to deliver holistic training programmes in a realistic GMP simulated, operational biopharma manufacturing environment.

NIBRT Educational Programmes


NIBRT’s unique bioprocessing training facility allows undergraduate and post graduate students the opportunity to learn and practice complex technical bioprocessing procedures and to enhance their skills using the most modern equipment and facilities available.

NIBRT provides a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which are specifically tailored to meet the needs of students who wish to develop their careers in the bioprocessing industry.

NIBRT Safety

We provide a dynamic catalogue of course content from which we build unique training solutions for our Clients.

Those attending a NIBRT training or research event or class must complete a comprehensive safety program.

To learn more please watch this video.


NIBRT Online Academy (NOA)


The NIBRT Online Academy (NOA) provides industry leading, interactive, multimedia online training courses on all aspects of biopharma manufacturing. Developed by the award-winning National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) in Dublin, Ireland, NOA proivdes easy access and cost effective e-learning options for all those interested in biopharma manufacturing.


NIBRT Board of Directors

  • Dr Brendan McCormack
    President of IT Sligo  

  • Tommy Fanning
    Head of Pharma and Food, IDA                  
  • Prof Andrew Bowie
    Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Robert Baffi
    Executive Vice President, Technical Operations, BioMarin

  • Dr. Darrin Morrissey

  • Gerry Collins
    Global Platform Leader Parenterals at Janssen

  • Dr Tom Kelly, Divisional Manager
    Cleantech, Electronics and Life Sciences, Enterprise Ireland


  • Prof Orla Feely
    Vice President for Research, Innovation & Impact (VPRII), UCD

  • Prof Anita Maguire
    Vice President For Research & Innovation, Director A.B.C.R.F.

  • Tom Murray
    Director at Friel Stafford

  • Brendan O’Callaghan
    SVP & Global Head Biologics Platform, Sanofi

  • Julie O’Neill
    former Executive Vice President of Global Operations at Alexion

  • Prof Noralee Kennedy                                                                                            Vice President for Research, UL       

NIBRT Virtual Tours

Discover Our Facility

Explore NIBRT’s large-scale and lab suites in this virtual tour. When you launch the tour, a new browser window opens, displaying a 360° panoramic photo that you can grab and rotate in any direction with your pointing device.

On a mobile or virtual reality device, you can move your device and watch the photo revolve accordingly on your screen.

Icons embedded in each image provide additional information about specific features or pieces of equipment.

The NIBRT plant includes upstream, fill-finish, downstream,  bioanalytical facilities and GE Single use center of excellence.

Click on a virtual tour below.


View the latest videos, reports, downloads and articles from the NIBRT media centre.


NIBRT BioProcess Awards 2012
NIBRT Pharma Education and Training Award
NIBRT Facility of the Year ISPE
NIBRT Leader of the Year
nibrtNIBRT Award Partnership Alliance Year 2017
NIBRT Award Partnership Alliance Year 2016
NIBRT Award Partner Alliance
NIBRT Award Pharma Education Training