Training Courses

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 manufacturing environment.

Please contact training@nibrt.ie with any queries you may have.

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Current NIBRT Training Courses

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Dates:
  • 17/10/2019
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This program is open only to those accepted on the Springboard 2020 programs. ( Please note you will have received a confirmation email that you have been enrolled on this program).

Please do not proceed to course deposit unless you have received confirmation that you have been successfully enrolled on this program.

The springboard+ upskilling initiative in higher education offers free courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy. For more information please go to springboardcourses.ie

This is only open to those accepted on Springboard 2020 programs subject to the applicant meeting all requirements, e.g. academic requirements.

Dates:
  • 26/08/2020
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This program is open only to those accepted on the Springboard 2020 programs. ( Please note you will have received a confirmation email that you have been enrolled on this program).

Please do not proceed to course deposit unless you have received confirmation that you have been successfully enrolled on this program.

The springboard+ upskilling initiative in higher education offers free courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy. For more information please go to springboardcourses.ie

This is only open to those accepted on Springboard 2020 programs subject to the applicant meeting all requirements, e.g. academic requirements.

Dates:
  • 26/08/2020
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This program is open only to those accepted on the Springboard 2020 programs. ( Please note you will have received a confirmation email that you have been enrolled on this program).

Please do not proceed to course deposit unless you have received confirmation that you have been successfully enrolled on this program.

The springboard+ upskilling initiative in higher education offers free courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy. For more information please go to springboardcourses.ie

This is only open to those accepted on Springboard 2020 programs subject to the applicant meeting all requirements, e.g. academic requirements.

Dates:
  • 08/01/2021
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This course is designed to give attendees an overview of the main processes involved in biopharmaceutical manufacturing.  

The online theory introduces the biopharmaceutical industry and the main processes including upstream, downstream and fill finish operations.  The course includes interactive virtual tours of the NIBRT training facility.

The NIBRT practical day of the courses is an optional add-on focusing on hands on practical sessions in upstream, downstream and fill finish processing activities.

Course delivery method: Blended online and onsite training

  • Two mornings online theory
  • One day NIBRT practicals

This course is designed to give anyone working in or looking to move into areas associated with the Bioprocessing industry a good overview of the operations involved. E.g. Recruitment personnel, business and finance teams, suppliers & vendor sales teams etc.

Dates:
  • 01/02/2021 - 02/02/2021
  • 01/02/2021 - 03/02/2021
  • 17/05/2021 - 18/05/2021
  • 17/05/2021 - 19/05/2021
  • 06/09/2021 - 07/09/2021
  • 06/09/2021 - 08/09/2021
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This three day course provides an introduction to the typical upstream operations carried out in a biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility. This course will include both hands-on practical and theory components covering cell vial thaw, aseptic techniques, cell counting, metabolic analysis, scale up, and bioreactor operation.  Equipment such as single-use rocking bioreactors stirred-tank reactors, as well as stainless steel reactors, will all be utilised to reflect the current state of biopharmaceutical manufacturing technology. 

This course is designed for operators, technical staff, engineers and managers wishing to increase their knowledge of the upstream operations in a modern bioprocessing plant.

Course Delivery Method: Blended online and onsite training

  • Two mornings online theory
  • Two days NIBRT practicals

Course Costs:

  • Two mornings online theory only: €800
  • Full course of Two mornings online theory and Two days NIBRT Practicals €2,400

 

This course is designed for operators, technical staff, engineers and managers wishing to increase their knowledge of the upstream operations in a modern bioprocessing plant.

Dates:
  • 09/02/2021 - 10/02/2021
  • 09/02/2021 - 10/02/2021 - 15/02/2021 - 16/02/2021
  • 15/06/2021 - 16/06/2021
  • 15/06/2021 - 16/06/2021 - 21/06/2021 - 22/06/2021
  • 07/09/2021 - 08/09/2021
  • 07/09/2021 - 08/09/2021 - 13/09/2021 - 14/09/2021
  • 30/11/2021 - 01/12/2021
  • 30/11/2021 - 01/12/2021 - 06/12/2021 - 07/12/2021
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This course is designed to deliver an introduction to the typical downstream operations used in a biopharmaceutical production process. This course includes both hands-on practical and lecture components covering topics such as harvest, ultrafiltration/diafiltration, viral clearance and chromatography. During this course trainees will be introduced to the basics of filtration and chromatography in a theory session before building on this knowledge and performing these operations using a practical component.
Suitable for: operators, technicians, engineers & managers.

This course is designed for those that are new to downstream processing including operators, technical staff, engineers and managers who need to increase their basic knowledge of actual operations in a modern downstream processing biopharma plant.

Course delivery method: Fully onsite in NIBRT

Suitable for: operators, technicians, engineers & managers

This course is designed for those that are new to downstream processing including operators, technical staff, engineers and managers who need to increase their basic knowledge of actual operations in a modern downstream processing biopharma plant.

Dates:
  • 17/02/2021 - 18/02/2021
  • 23/06/2021 - 24/06/2021
  • 15/09/2021 - 16/09/2021
  • 08/12/2021 - 09/12/2021
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The aim of this course is to introduce the biopharmaceutical industry and its associated processing principles and techniques to Engineers from a non-biopharma background. The course will expand attendees knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the bioprocessing  industry. This online theory course introduces the bioharmaceutical industry and the main processes including upstream, downstream and fill finish operations.  This course includes interactive virtual tours of the NIBRT training facility. 

The course is offered in association with Engineers Ireland.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation this course is now being delivered online via Zoom.

Course delivery method: Fully online

Engineers and managers working in the (bio)pharma and related industries who wish to further their understanding of all aspects of biopharma manufacturing.

Dates:
  • 18/02/2021
  • 25/03/2021
  • 22/04/2021
  • 27/05/2021
  • 24/06/2021
  • 23/09/2021
  • 21/10/2021
  • 25/11/2021
  • 16/12/2021
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This three day programme is designed to provide an introduction to current aseptic techniques related to working in an aseptic filling environment. This blended programme provides both a theoretical introduction to contamination control, environmental monitoring, filter integrity testing and filling systems, while also allowing trainees hands-on interaction with both isolator and RABs units while conducting glove integrity tests, media fills and troubleshooting. An introduction to Grade B gowning will also be included in the programme.

Due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19, NIBRT will deliver theory sessions online followed by practical sessions in NIBRT delivered in a safe socially distanced manner.

Course delivery method: Blended online and onsite training

  • Two mornings online theory
  • Two Days NIBRT Practicals

Course Costs:

  • Two mornings online theory only: €800
  • Full course of Two mornings online theory and 2 days NIBRT Practicals: €2400

 

 

  • Manufacturing
  • QA/QC
  • Engineering Technicians
  • Specialists
  • Operators

Dates:
  • 22/02/2021 - 23/02/2021
  • 22/02/2021 - 25/02/2021
  • 28/06/2021 - 01/07/2021
  • 28/06/2021 - 29/06/2021
  • 20/09/2021 - 21/09/2021
  • 20/09/2021 - 23/09/2021
  • 13/12/2021 - 14/12/2021
  • 13/12/2021 - 16/12/2021
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This course provides both classroom and laboratory instruction within cell therapy processes and cell manufacturing under good manufacturing practice (GMP) procedures.  Divided into upstream, cell expansion, and downstream applications, practical laboratory sessions will provide beginning-to-end technical knowledge and training on industry standard equipment and reagents.  Guidance to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) development will also be discussed.  Templates for SOPs are provided upon request.

Course delivery method: Fully onsite at NIBRT

This training course will be useful for research and development scientists, process engineers, and manufacturing technicians.  A basic understanding of cell culture and corresponding techniques is required for this course.

Dates:
  • 23/02/2021 - 25/02/2021
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  • Manufacturing
  • QA/QC
  • Engineering Technicians
  • Specialists
  • Operators

Dates:
  • 24/02/2021 - 25/02/2021
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This intensive one and a half day course provides an introduction to the operation of DeltaV(TM) distributed control system within a biopharmaceutical batch manufacturing environment.  This course will include both hands-on practical and theory components.  During this course trainees will be introduced to the principles of process automation and control using DeltaV(TM) DCS.  Topics include: Navigating DeltaV(TM), Alarm and Event Management, Batch Operation and Troubleshooting.  Trainees will gain hands on practical experience working with stainless steel and disposable bioreactor systems within DeltaV(TM).  Trainees will prepare, run and troubleshoot a simulated large scale cell culture bioprocess.

Course delivery method: Fully onsite in NIBRT

This course is designed for operators, technical staff, engineers and managers wishing to improve their operational knowledge of DeltaV(TM) DCS within a biopharmaceutical manufacturing environment.

Dates:
  • 04/03/2021 - 05/03/2021
  • 27/05/2021 - 28/05/2021
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This 3.5 day course guides trainees through the Critical Quality Attributes of biologics (ICH Q6B) as well as core analytical platforms routinely employed in a QC testing environment in order to measure them.  Using a combination of lecture sessions online followed by hands-on practical training, the course will cover methods such as electrophoretic separations (capillary electrophoresis, slab gels), HPLC/UPLC methods (peptide mapping, SEC, etc), and immuonassays (ELISA).

Course delivery method:  Blended online and onsite training

  • Three mornings online theory
  • Two days NIBRT practicals

Course Costs:

  • Three mornings online theory only: €1,200
  • Full course of Three mornings online theory and Two days NIBRT practicals: €2,800

 

This course is suitable for graduates seeking to gain entry into the area of biopharma QC, those currently working in QC/QA (small molecule or large), those working in product or process development/characterisation or anyone looking to increase and expand their understanding of QC testing for biologics and biosimilars.

Dates:
  • 08/03/2021 - 10/03/2021
  • 08/03/2021 - 12/03/2021
  • 21/06/2021 - 23/06/2021
  • 21/06/2021 - 25/06/2021
  • 06/12/2021 - 08/12/2021
  • 06/12/2021 - 10/12/2021
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This interactive tour of the 4.0 Biopharmaceutical "Facility of the Future" will provide an immersive educational experience in how cutting-edge technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) can revolutionise manufacturing operations, technical learning and quality assurance.  The tour will be hosted by Industry 4.0 experts from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the 4.0 team at NIBRT.  There will be opportunity for open discussions on topics such as investment and steps for implementation.

Delivery Method:  0.5 day onsite in NIBRT.

 

Manufacturing, quality and site organization managers and engineers who are looking to increase their understanding of and learn how to apply the latest digital trends and technologies in biopharma. 

Data science & analytics engineers within biopharma who want to assess the latest 4.0 technologies.

People who are new to Industry 4.0 who are looking for a “taster” of the available technologies.

Dates:
  • 09/03/2021
  • 02/06/2021
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Single Use Technology is widely used within the biopharmaceutical industry and has quickly become a mainstay within the sector.  This training programme will highlight the readily available technologies that can be implemented in upstream and downstream processing.  It will allow trainees to gain hands on experience of common disposable technologies used in upstream and downstream processing including bioreactors, chromatography systems, UFDF systems, connects/disconnects and tube welders and sealers.

Course delivered: Fully onsite in NIBRT

This course is designed for those that are new to the use of single use technologies, including development scientists, process engineers, and manufacturing operators.  It is expected that attendees will have a basic knowledge of the manufacturing process prior to attending course.

Dates:
  • 22/03/2021 - 23/03/2021
  • 28/06/2021 - 29/06/2021
  • 06/09/2021 - 07/09/2021
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This 3.5 day course is designed to equip QC Microbiology analysts with the main theory and practical experience required to develop their skills in a GMP biopharmaceutical microbiology laboratory.  The course will cover microbiology basics in the classroom-based lectues and lab-based practical sessions, including Growth Promotion Testing and BI Processing, Environmental Monitoring, Water Sampling, Bioburden and Sterility testing (using rapid methods) & Endotoxin testing (using recombinant Factor C technology, Microbial Identifications, and Virus and Mycoplasma testing.   The course will also cover data trending and an overview of how to approach deviations and investigations.

Course delivery method: Blended Online and Onsite at NIBRT

  • Three mornings online theory
  • Two days NIBRT practicals

Course Costs:

  • Three mornings online theory only: €1,200
  • Full course of Three mornings online theory and Two days NIBRT practicals: €2,800

  • QC Micro personnel looking for a refresher or introduction to the relevant theory and practical elements of common microbiology lab tests.
  • Lab management personnel who want to refresh their knowledge on testing protocols and regulatory requirements. 
  • QA, Manufacturing or Engineering personnel who have an invested interest in what happens in a QC Micro lab.

 

 

Dates:
  • 23/03/2021 - 25/03/2021
  • 23/03/2021 - 25/03/2021 - 30/03/2021 - 31/03/2021
  • 16/06/2021 - 18/06/2021
  • 16/06/2021 - 18/06/2021 - 22/06/2021 - 23/06/2021
  • 08/09/2021 - 10/09/2021
  • 08/09/2021 - 10/09/2021 - 14/09/2021 - 15/09/2021
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This course serves as an introduction to the category of medicines known as Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products, often commonly referred to as Cell and Gene Therapies.  Over two days, trainees will learn about what these therapies are, how they work, current manufacturing techniques, and possible future trends.  They will learn about viral vectors, nucleases, and the wider field of gene therapy as well as cellular immunotherapies and stem cells.  In addition, they will learn how companies ensure the quality of these products.

They will also get an opportunity to use the specific cell culture and downstream purification equipment that is commonly used to manufacture these products.  This equipment includes adherent and suspension cell culture systems such as controlled rate thawers, cell factories, rocker bioreactors, fixed bed bioreactors, and single-use stirred tank reactors.  It also includes harvest and downstream equipment such as centrifuges, depth filtration systems, single-use chromatography system, single-use ultrafiltration systems, and controlled-rate freezers.

Course delivery method: Fully onsite in NIBRT

Anyone who has a basic knowledge of the biopharmaceutical industry and would like to learn more bout this expanding field of therapeutics.

Dates:
  • 30/03/2021 - 31/03/2021
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This comprehensive 3-morning course is designed to equip biopharma manufacturing and quality personnel with advanced knowledge of how biopharma companies can use cutting edge technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to revolutionise manufacturing operations.  The course will include an overview of biopharma 4.0; digital immersion deep dives; and demos and case studies of how the technologies can be applied across manufacturing, quality and organizational excellence.

Course Delivery Method:  Fully online.

  • Three mornings online

 

Biopharma 4.0 is aimed at manufacturing, quality and site organization managers and engineers who are looking to increase their
understanding of and learn how to apply the latest digital trends and technologies in biopharma.
Data science & analytics engineers within biopharma who want to assess the latest 4.0 technologies.

Dates:
  • 13/04/2021 - 15/04/2021
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Stem Cell Therapy is an area of increasing investigation and investment as a treatment option for patients with a previously unmet clinical need.

This training programme, presented as a collaboration between the Centre for Cell Manufacturing Ireland (CCMI) and NIBRT, will cover all aspects of stem cell therapy manufacture.  It will allow trainees to gain hands on experience of cell vial thaw, initial seeding, expansion and cryopreservation as well as the associated equipment required to carry out these tasks.   In addition, trainees will gain insight into the morphology of stem cells and indications of cell culture contamination, allowing them to identify and troubleshoot potential issues.  The important aspect of QC, both micro and analytics, will also be demonstrated during the course.

4.5 Days Onsite in NIBRT

This course is designed for those that have some knowledge of cell culture techniques but would like to specifically learn how stem cell therapy manufacture is conducted.  This course would be ideally suited to graduates with a cell culture background or cell culture technicians from a biologics manufacturing setting.

Dates:
  • 19/04/2021 - 23/04/2021
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This course will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of biopharmaceutical lyophilisation.  It will first introduce learners to the key principles of lyophilisation before focusing on its use in the context of sterile fill-finish manufacturing.  What are the critical process parameters to consider during a fill finish operation of a lyophilised biologic?  How do these relate to critical quality attributes?  How does formulation impact on the process?  These questions and others will be considered during the course which will be delivered through a combination of classroom lectures and workshops supported by hands-on practical sessions with our pilot-scale lyophiliser (Lyobeta 3PS), fill finish line and  other supporting equipment.

Course delivery method: Fully onsite in NIBRT

Bioprocessing Operators working in the fill finish and lyophilisation space and anyone who wants an introduction to the concept and principles of biopharmaceutical lyophilisation in the context of sterile biopharmaceutical fill-finish operations.  Experience working in an aseptic processing environment would be an advantage but is not required to attend this course.

Dates:
  • 19/04/2021 - 20/04/2021
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