About NIBRT

NIBRT is a world-class institute that provides training and research solutions 
for 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 is based on an 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 biopharamceutical 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 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 bipharma 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 Board of Directors

  • Dr Brendan McCormack
    President of IT Sligo

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

  • Dominic Carolan
    CEO NIBRT

  • 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
    Executive Vice President of Global Operations at Alexion

  • Dr Mary Shire
    Vice President Research – UL

Our Facilities

Explore our Interactive Facilities Map below.
Click on a floor (Level-1 & Level-2) to see what NIBRT has to offer. 

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Contract Research & GlycoScience Group

The purpose built Contract Research & GlycoScience Group Laboratory is fully equipped to perform academic and industry focused glycobiology research and to develop cutting edge glycan analysis technologies.

Cell Technology (CTL) & Cell Engineering Labs (CEL)

The Cell Technology (CTL) & Cell Engineering Labs (CEL) or "Future Labs" area, and other areas throughout the building, offer a total of 450 m² of semi-finished space which can be developed and fitted out to any required specification of building fabric and plant services to suit any client.

Training Labs

NIBRT has extensive bioanalytics laboratories and equipment which are operated under GLP conditions.
We also guide our trainees how to interact with and evaluate data from contract test laboratories that are sometimes used for specialized analysis.

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Characterisation and Comparability Lab (CCL)

The Characterisation and Comparability Lab (CCL) has a total area of approx 165 m² and accommodates two fully equipped cell culture rooms and a well-specified general laboratory area. The laboratories are complete with all required laboratory services, including extensive bench space water, ultra-pure water, electrical power and gases.

Shared Services

The shared services area forms the core of the ground floor space, and accommodates an equipment preparation area with a components washing machine, a "decontamination" autoclave for deactivating bagged bio-waste, and a large sterilizing autoclave. It also house a large freezer room, servicing up to 18 -20/-80 degree Celsius freezers with mains power and generator/UPS back-up for supply reliability.

Utilities & Systems Biology and Data Analytics Lab

The ground floor utilities plant room houses the building's core utilities, namely plant steam, compressed air, effluent treatment, bio-waste deactivation, low pressure hot water for space heating and hot/cold water services. The plant steam boiler is manufactured by Cochran, is natural gas-fired and develops approx. 650-700 kg/hour of steam at 8 barg.

Atrium

The Atrium joins the "administration/classroom" area with the "laboratory/process" area of the facility.

Notable features are the floor of polished natural concrete, a glass roof with computer-controlled natural ventilation and under floor heating to create a open and engaging public space.

Training Rooms

There are two dedicated Training Rooms, located directly off the Atrium and convenient to the cafeteria. Each is configured for an interactive class of 16-20 people, however they can each accommodate up to 40 persons seated in theatre style.

Café

Located off the Atrium, there are two cafeteria areas. The larger area is suitable for event catering and accommodates 40-60 people. There is also a smaller, more intimate, cafe/break room for long stay visitors and clients.

Training Labs

NIBRT has extensive bioanalytics laboratories and equipment which are operated under GLP conditions.
We also guide our trainees how to interact with and evaluate data from contract test laboratories that are sometimes used for specialized analysis.

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Fill-Finish Suite

The NIBRT Fill-Finish facility is designed to mimic operations in an aseptic vial filling suite. The suite comprises a simulated grade C/B clean room with material airlock, two-stage personnel gowning airlocks, media preparation area and filling room.
The filling room is equipped with a Watson-Marlow Flexicon pilot-scale filling machine under RAB.

Pilot Plant

The downstream facility is modelled on a modern biopharmaceutical plant and is operated under GMP conditions. This allows trainees the opportunity to gain first hand experience of working in an industrial bioprocessing environment under strict conditions.

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GE Centre of Excellence

The NIBRT-GE Single-Use Centre of Excellence is run by NIBRT, and GE is the technology provider delivering a fully integrated biomanufacturing platform based on single-use technologies to the centre.

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Shared Services

The shared services area forms the core of the ground floor space, and accommodates an equipment preparation area with a components washing machine, a "decontamination" autoclave for deactivating bagged bio-waste, and a large sterilizing autoclave. It also house a large freezer room, servicing up to 18 -20/-80 degree Celsius freezers with mains power and generator/UPS back-up for supply reliability.

Clean Utilities

The clean steam boiler provides clean steam (or "pure" steam) to the process areas for autoclaves and "Steam in Place" users. It is heated by plant steam and develops about 250 kg/hour of clean steam. This system is highly specified and capable of validation to GMP standards; the steam quality has been fully tested and complies with EP/USP specifications.

The process room also contains a Purified Water (PUW) skid, and a Clean-in-Place skid which service the pilot plant at various user points which are controlled by the Utility Panel Control System (UPCS).

Training Labs

NIBRT has extensive bioanalytics laboratories and equipment which are operated under GLP conditions.
We also guide our trainees how to interact with and evaluate data from contract test laboratories that are sometimes used for specialized analysis.

View Facilities and Equipment

Administration

The administration area accommodates private and open-plan office areas

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.

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Awards

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

NIBRT Media

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