GE Healthcare has announced the official opening of its expanded Fast Trak Training Center in Shanghai, China.
The opening ceremony was hosted by Kieran Murphy, CEO of GE Healthcare Life Sciences, and was attended by leading representatives from academia and the local biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.
GE Healthcare’s Fast Trak Training and Education Courses provide hands-on practical training in the latest technologies and strategies for start-to-finish bioprocessing, and are specifically designed to help manufacturers of biopharmaceuticals increase their process productivity and bring their product to market faster.
The company’s Fast Trak Training Centers, which are also located in Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, and the US, are equipped with the latest technologies for bioprocessing, in an environment that closely replicates the industrial setting.
GE Healthcare’s Fast Trak Training & Education team has over 20 years’ experience in providing training for bioprocess development and manufacturing.
By expanding the Fast Trak Center in Shanghai, GE Healthcare will be able to offer an increased number and variety of courses to meet the needs of the rapidly growing biopharmaceutical industry in China.
The extended Center has been equipped with several new GE Healthcare technologies such as IN Cell and DeltaVision™ for cellular imaging and Biacore™ and Microcal™ tools for protein interaction studies, allowing the company to offer, for the first time, training in some of the latest techniques used in drug discovery and development.
In addition to training, the Shanghai Fast Trak Center will also offer a full bioprocess development service to the industry, helping manufacturing professionals develop, optimize and refine their biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes for maximum productivity.
At the opening ceremony Mr Murphy also outlined GE Healthcare’s plans to launch an Educational Outreach Program for local university science students, in order to stimulate and encourage interest in the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry.
Called Biotech “Future Stars” Training Program, the Outreach Program will be based on standard Fast Trak training courses and will be delivered by GE Healthcare scientists and sector experts.
Mr Murphy said, “I’m delighted to be opening our upgraded and expanded training facility here today. Bigger and better facilities will help us to offer a much higher level of support to the biopharmaceutical industry here in China. The Chinese government has identified the development of the biopharmaceutical industry as one of the pillar industries in the country’s 12th 5 year plan of state, and our new investments here in Shanghai are aligned with that.”
The Fast Trak Center is located within the GE China Technology Center (CTC), an integrated multi-disciplinary research campus with more than 1,500 researchers in over 60 laboratories researching breakthrough technologies in key areas such as energy, materials science and imaging technologies.