June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
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Introducing Biotechnology Manufacturing Through Electives
Abstract – The Technology Department at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) is developing courses for a Biotechnology Manufacturing elective area. The biotechnology field has much promise to grow rapidly in the region and nation. Huntsville, Alabama, is on its way to becoming a leader in the biotechnology industry with the construction of the Hudson-Alpha Institute for Biotechnology (HAIB) in Huntsville. The institute will contain state-of-the-art laboratories for biotechnology and is expected to attract many new industries to the area. The institute is expected to employ some 400 scientists and staff when it opens in mid-2007. The Technology Department at AAMU has developed several new courses to better equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to design, maintain, and operate biotechnology devices (or systems). The primary objective of the Biotechnology Manufacturing elective area will be to produce graduates that will have the knowledge in biogenetics and up-to-date technology to support this industry efficiently. This paper will discuss some of the essential elements of courses to support Biotechnology Manufacturing.
Keywords: Hudson-Alpha Institute for Biotechnology (HAIB), Biotechnology Manufacturing.
Huntsville, Alabama, is one of the best-known “high-tech” cities in the nation with the highest per capita income in the Southeast . As “America’s space capital,” technology, space, and defense industries have a major presence here with the Army's Redstone Arsenal, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and Cummings Research Park. However, in the near future, Huntsville will not be only known for its space and defense industries; it will also be known as one of the important biotechnology cities in the nation. This is all because of biotechnology pioneer Jim Hudson’s vision of creating an institute – Hudson-Alpha Institute for Biotechnology (HAIB).
In August 2005, Alabama officials formally announced the location of the Hudson-Alpha Institute for Biotechnology (HAIB) in Cummings Research Park (CRP) in Huntsville, Alabama, and the creation of a 120-acre biotechnology site to be named the CRP Biotech Campus. When completed in mid-2007, the HAIB will be the second-largest biotechnology institute located on the second-largest biotechnology campus in the nation . The institute will contain state-of- the-art laboratories for biotechnology and is expected to employ some 400 scientists and staff upon opening. According to Jim Hudson, institute founder and president, the institute is expected to employ 900 at full capacity. The property, sold by the City of Huntsville, is large enough to accommodate new buildings for companies that outgrow their space in the institute. Hudson estimates that the overall campus could employ 1,600 within ten years with an annual payroll of $83 million . The institute has recruited eight biotech companies, many with previous affiliations with Hudson and based in Huntsville, to move into the facility: Applied Genomics, Expression Genetics, Genaco Biomedical Products, New Century Pharmaceuticals, Open Biosystems, Operon Biotechnologies, SourceCF, and Nektar Therapeutics .
Chan, W., & Romine, P. (2007, June), Introducing Biotechnology Manufacturing Through Electives Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/3008
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