New facility goes underground to put UTS on top
Three levels below Alumni Green, adjacent to the Library Retrieval System (LRS), a construction project is about to get underway to provide a home for a specialist production line that is the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
Known as Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Lite, this project for the Faculty of Science Climate Change Cluster (C3) research program will make use of a space carved out during the excavations for Building 7 and the LRS, and kept on ice ready for just this kind of opportunity.
What is GMP Lite?
GMP is the benchmark for the kind of highly controlled production lines used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) using GMP in awarding certification, and manufacturers need to demonstrate compliance with the relevant GMP code.
Why is it important?
GMP Lite will:
- provide GMP Masters students with real-life experience in this kind of production process
- boost research into the use of algae in pharmaceuticals, including vaccines
- enable small start-ups to test the scalability of a product before they take it to market
- support the UTS Deep Green Biotech Hub program, which is conducting research into algae as a sustainable resource in the manufacture of various goods.
What will the space look like?
GMP Lite is essentially a combination of clean rooms (to avoid contamination) and containment labs (to control emissions), with glazing around the perimeter to allow visitors to track the production process while eliminating the potential for contamination.
- Construction contract awarded – February 2018
- Construction begins – March 2018
- Commissioning – August/September 2018
- Practical completion – September 2018