Advanced Therapies at NIBRT

NIBRT has Expanded our Advanced Therapies Research and Training Capabilities
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An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (left) with Darrin Morrissey, CEO of NIBRT, Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland and Adam Pritchard,  
Training Team lead at NIBRT (right), pictured at the construction site launch of 
the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training’s state-of-the-art advanced therapeutics research and training facility which expects to complete by the second quarter of 2023. Pic. Robbie Reynolds

NIBRT Launch New Dedicated Advanced Therapies Facility

NIBRT is delighted to announce the successful launch of our advanced therapies extension, a facility dedicated to advancing research and training in Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs), including Cell and Gene Therapy. With a €21 million investment from the IDA Ireland and the Government of Ireland, this state-of-the-art extension features 1,800m2 of cutting-edge space, housing seven specialised laboratories for ATMP therapy research and two advanced training suites. This marks a pivotal moment as NIBRT takes its place at the forefront of ATMP innovation, driving excellence in research and training. 


Advanced Therapies Research at NIBRT

The new extension includes seven new laboratories dedicated to research focused on the manufacture and characterisation of advanced therapies. NIBRT's current research interests and capabilities in this space include:

  • CONCEPT a core facility for early-stage biotherapy development CONCEPT | National Synthetic Biology and Cell Line Development Facility (
  • Human (HEK293) and insect (SF9) production systems for AAV and LV gene therapy vector production
  • Next generation sequencing approaches to identifying mispackaging of viral genomes
  • Genetic engineering approaches to enhancing gene therapy vector yield and activity
  • Novel MS-based analytical methods for viral capsid and genome characterisation
  • Epi-transcriptomic modification to enhance RNA characteristics as a therapeutic modality
  • Chemical modification of RNA to improve vaccine stability

NIBRT is now actively recruiting and developing research teams focused on the characterisation and manufacture of advanced therapies. If you are interested in current opportunities in this space please contact

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Advanced Therapies Training at NIBRT

NIBRT’s advanced therapies training curriculum encompass a blended approach of online, classroom and practical sessions related to the manufacturing of cell therapies, gene therapies and vaccines. The curriculum is developing rapidly and current training programmes include:

NIBRT Online Academy

Practical courses

A key focus is on the delivery of competency-based, hands-on practical sessions utilising best-in-class equipment and facilities to our clients. Current courses available include:

NIBRT specialises in designing, developing, and delivering customised training programmes to meet the requirements of industrial clients. All advanced therapies short courses can be tailored to suit clients individual requirements.

Sample Advanced Therapies Manufacturing Curriculum

Higher Education Programmes in Partnership with ATU Sligo

MSc in ATMP Cell Manufacturing 

MSc in ATMP Technology and Manufacturing

For further information of how NIBRT can support your advanced therapies training requirements, please contact

Cell & Gene Therapy (CGT) Forum

In 2018, NIBRT working with a broad coalition of stakeholders established the Cell & Gene Therapy Forum (CGT Forum) in order to address the opportunity for Ireland to capitalise on the burgeoning therapeutic and commercial interest in advanced therapies. For further information on CGT Forum contact Prof Niall Barron

NIBRT working closely with the CGT Forum recently launched a website ( that will act as a central portal for information on the advanced therapies industry in Ireland including latest news, an extensive database and training and investment opportunities.