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Millipore Corp., in partnership with UMass Lowell, inaugurated the Millipore Corporation Process Development Laboratory on April 9 in the Engineering Building in the North Campus.
A leading life science company that provides technologies, tools and services for bioscience research and biopharmaceutical manufacturing, Millipore donated more than $225,000 in equipment and services to the laboratory, which will be used for downstream purification research as well as training for students and industry professionals. The state-of-the-art equipment includes clarification, chromatography, ultrafiltration/diafiltration (UF/DF) systems and disposable mixing systems.
Jean-Paul Mangeolle, president of Millipore’s Bioprocess Division, and Chancellor Marty Meehan attended the dedication. A number of industry-leading organizations were also on hand to mark the event and to support the Massachusetts BioManufacturing Center at UMass Lowell.
“This UMass LowellߝMillipore partnership is the perfect example of the value both institutions bring to the regional economy,” said Meehan. “Millipore’s donation will allow us to train our students on state-of-the-art equipment they will use in their future ߞ; or current ߞ; jobs. Together, UMass Lowell and Millipore are helping to grow the life sciences workforce.”
“Millipore strives to be at the forefront of innovation,” said Mangeolle. “Given the dynamic nature of our industry, access to cutting-edge technology and solutions is critical. By partnering with higher education institutions such as UMass Lowell, we further our own knowledge while supporting the local community and helping to educate students who will one day enter the workforce.”
The Millipore Corporation Process Development Laboratory is adjacent to, and works in tandem with, the recently outfitted IPS-Wyeth-Dakota Systems BioManufacturing Pilot Plant. Both are part of the Massachusetts BioManufacturing Center at UMass Lowell, an interdisciplinary research, development and education initiative supported by the University of Massachusetts and the Commonwealth. It assists biotechnology companies in developing procedures leading to industry compliant manufacturing processes.
Through education, applied research and process development, the center offers solutions that improve productivity, quality and cost of biomanufacturing operations. The lab and the pilot plant position the Massachusetts BioManufacturing Center at UMass Lowell in the vanguard of biotech manufacturing instruction and allow it to offer a wider range of client services to area biotech firms.