Jefferson chooses site for bioprocessing center

Thomas Jefferson University is bringing a 25,000-square-foot training center for biological manufacturing to Lower Gwynedd, PA.

The site, which is located in Spring House Innovation Park, will serve as an educational and training facility for students and professionals in biopharmaceutical and bioengineering. The new facility will be used to provide workforce training and certifications to approximately 2,500 people annually as well as serve as a catalyst for groundbreaking biotherapeutic drugs.

“The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing demonstrates the vision and mission of Jefferson by leveraging partnerships with industry, academia and government agencies to provide globally recognized, transdisciplinary education and training in this fast-emerging field,” said Ron Kander, Jefferson’s dean of Kanbar College of Design, in a Philadelphia Business Journal article. “Our facility at Spring House Innovation Park will utilize leading-edge biopharmaceutical manufacturing technology and support current and future workforce demands in this critically important field.”

The center is being developed in partnership with the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training and is projected to open in spring of 2019. The center will contribute to the region’s powerful research and development output; contributing to Greater Philadelphia’s academic R&D expenditures which are the 7th largest in the nation.