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The UTS Biologics Innovation Facility (BIF) is an unmatched GMP bioprocessing teaching and training facility, designed to drive opportunities to up-skill and scale-up biopharmaceutical projects using state of the art single-use equipment and industry’s best practice processing techniques.

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    About the Biologics Innovation Facility

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    In this current climate, it’s really important that we have universities and industry collaborating

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    really closely on research and development projects.

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    GMP Lite is about what we can do in biomaufacturing in general – how we can use life to create

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    new products in different kinds of ways, whether it’s through mammalian cell cultures or

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    through many other algae cells and so on.

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    I think the other dimension that’s really important about GMP Lite is the engagement

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    between academia and industry – that is, it’s a facility which is not just about

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    university research and university training; it’s about engaging with industry and engaging

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    in training industry and using that facility to prototype, to explore, to start to develop

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    new products that industry are genuinely engaged in.

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    I think GMP in Australia is the first of its kind.

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    It is equipped with single-use manufacturing tools, which is kind of like a green way of

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    manufacturing going forward, using much less water, much less chemicals, having a much

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    lesser carbon footprint compared to the traditional stainless-steel manufacturing system.

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    When we talk to industry and government representatives, it becomes clear that we really do have a

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    talent gap, a lack of expertise, in that area of the biotech industry and facilities such

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    as the GMP will actually provide a means for us to provide that training.

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    So in addition to offering education and training to the biologics workforce of the future,

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    the GMP Lite facility also is potentially a sandbox for development of processes.

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    The value of a sandbox approach is that processes for production can be trialled and refined

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    before proceeding to a risky and expensive production run.

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    A GMP facility actually gives us focused R&D in this area and how we might be able to scale

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    up our manufacturing processes here in Australia and then transfer them to our larger biologic

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    manufacturing facilities.

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    I think we have been a little bit behind the rest of the world in terms of competitiveness.

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    Clinical trials are really that big next step, and good clinical trials.

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    Getting that actual last piece of the puzzle that says, ‘yes, we can now help you to

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    make your product at the quality you need locally’ is a big step forward.

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    So, the biotech space in Australia in 10 years’ time will hopefully be vibrant and will have

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    expanded a lot from where it is today, hopefully is broader in terms of the type of drugs that

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    are being made and developed and hopefully commercialised and that there’s more of

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    an end-to-end business in Australia for biotech.

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    The opportunity for Australia and the impact this can have on Australia and the competitiveness

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    in really the growth industry of the world, which is Southeast Asia, is here, and there

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    really is an opportunity to capture that enormous growth across biologics manufacturing and

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    the next generation of human therapeutic manufacturing.

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    So, really, this is the time, this is now, and I think Australia, and New South Wales

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    in particular, in investing in this, is at the cusp to be able to create our own destiny.
     

  • Biologics Innovation Facility
  • Global teaching partner with NIBRT

    The NSW node of National Biologics Facility

    Supported by NSW and NCRIS

    Single-use platform technology by GE Healthcare

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    Upcoming courses

    UTS/NIBRT: Introduction to Bioprocessing

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  • What do we offer?

    Teaching and Training

    BIF provides training in upstream, downstream, and clean room operations. Develop your knowledge and skills through our teaching and training courses.

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  • What do we offer?

    Contract Services 

    BIF offers process development, manufacturing, and analytics services for biologics productions. Utilise our facility’s technology and expertise to accelerate your product and research. 

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    News and Events

  • BIF is the NSW node of the National Biologics Facility

     

    Soft infrastructure supported by NCRIS

  • Feature news

    New funding for biologics facility will keep research local

    Funding boost from NSW Government for UTS Biologics Innovation Facility announced.

    Researchers at the Biologics Innovation Facility
  • View of the downstream bioprocessing equipment within BIF as seen through the viewing corridor.
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    Biologics Innovation Facility
    Level 0, UTS Vicki Sara Building (Building 7)
    67 Thomas St
    Broadway, NSW 2007
    University of Technology
    Australia
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