The new Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center has won a federal training grant that could be worth as much as $455,000.
The center, known as BTEC, is on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration awarded the grant for training of field and operational personnel in its Office of Regulatory Affairs. The grant is worth $161,000 the first year. Four other years are optional, and they would raise the potential value to $455,000.
Winning the grant could bring additional benefits, according to BTEC.
“Local industry could end up being the biggest winner, since BTEC students and industry employees will be able to learn pharmaceutical and biomanufacturing principles from the same faculty and trainers that deliver training to the FDA investigators,” said Rick Lawless, BTEC’s associate director of strategic support. He also is the project manager for the FDA contract.
“Field inspections should be more effective because company officials and FDA investigators will speak a common language and have similar technical backgrounds,” he added in a statement.
The training will include distance learning and hands-on direction. The program will launch next spring.