The Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in the Life Sciences (ACFTL) launches the first series of practical training courses


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CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island — The Canadian Alliance for Life Sciences Skills and Training (ACTL) has launched its first series of short, hands-on training courses to be delivered at the new Life Sciences Training Center. biofabrication facility located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

As the exclusive provider of the National Institute for Bioprocess Research and Training (NIBRT) curriculum, CASTL will provide skills-based theoretical and practical training.

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Instructor-led short courses consist of lectures delivered online or in person, supplemented with hands-on sessions delivered at the CASTL training center. The facility contains state-of-the-art pilot-scale bioprocessing equipment that provides trainees with hands-on skills that are immediately transferable to large-scale processing and cleanroom environments. It is also equipped with labs and classroom spaces built to provide the highest quality training for industry professionals.

“This first short course offering on Prince Edward Island marks an important milestone in CASTL’s national biomanufacturing training program,” said Penny Walsh-McGuire, CEO of CASTL. “We continue to hear from employers across Canada talking about the need for hands-on training to support Canada’s growing biopharmaceutical manufacturing sector. This is an important step in the development of the skills and training ecosystem.

“Developing highly qualified personnel who will drive the growth of the Canadian life sciences industry is central to our mission, and part of that goal is to ensure we will be able to meet the demand for biomanufacturing. . These new short courses from CASTL do just that,” added Dr. Christine Allen, Vice President, Ecosystem at adMare BioInnovations. “Our adMare Academy trains undergraduates to industry executives and provides them with the knowledge, skills and network to start or grow their careers in the Canadian life sciences sector. We are proud to be the premier national partner for CASTL programs, which provide much-needed hands-on training in biomanufacturing and ensure Canadian companies have the talent they need to succeed today and in the future.

CASTL’s new Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Onboarding Boot Camp, a 4.5-day hands-on training course, introduces the necessary fundamental knowledge and hands-on operations needed to successfully onboard new employees and prepare them to navigate a biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility. It includes both hands-on hands-on training and theoretical knowledge covering Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Good Documentation Practices (GDP), dressing, aseptic techniques and common equipment operation for all work in a manufacturing environment.

“After successfully completing the course, trainees will be ready to navigate a biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility,” said Paul-Xavier Etter, Technical Training Manager at CASTL. “The boot camp is designed to incorporate newly hired operators and technical personnel as part of their integration into a modern biopharmaceutical or bioprocessing facility, as well as someone working in a manufacturing support role, such as quality assurance auditors.”

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The courses include:

  • Introduction to bioprocesses
  • Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Integration Boot Camp
  • Introduction to downstream processing
  • Introduction to upstream processing

To register or learn more, visit or contact Sidney Reid at [email protected]

The Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in the Life Sciences (ACFT) is a unique partnership between academia, industry and government to meet the future skills needs of the Canadian life sciences sector. life. Specializing in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, CASTL meets the economic and sectoral demand for people who are ready to work to enter, prosper and meet the needs of the growing Canadian biomanufacturing industry. CASTL is the exclusive provider of National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) accredited training programs in Canada. Based in Ireland, NIBRT develops and delivers industry-leading training and education programs for the world’s leading biopharmaceutical manufacturing companies and partner academic institutions. CASTL is supported by national lead partner adMare BioInnovations and its adMare Academy. The adMare Academy is dedicated to providing the specialized training needed to foster the next generation of highly qualified personnel who will drive the growth of Canadian life sciences companies.

About adMare BioInnovations
With a wealth of globally competitive scientific discoveries, Canada is poised to become a leader in the world of life sciences. To make this a reality, at adMare BioInnovations, we use our science and business expertise, specialized R&D infrastructure, and seed capital to build strong life science companies, robust ecosystems, and future-ready talent. industry – and reinvest our earnings in Canadian industry to ensure it is sustained over the long term. As part of our commitment to developing talent, we created the adMare Academy, dedicated to providing the specialized training required to foster the next generation of highly qualified personnel who will drive the growth of Canadian life sciences companies.

Course details

DELIVERY: Virtual classroom
LENGTH: 5 hours
September 15, 2022
September 28, 2022
November 30, 2022

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DELIVERY: On-site at the CASTL Training Center in Charlottetown, PEI.
LENGTH: 4.5 days
THE PRICE: $5,000 + HST
October 3 – October 7, 2022
October 31 – November 3, 2022

DELIVERY: On-site at the CASTL Training Center in Charlottetown, PEI.
LENGTH: 2 days
THE PRICE: $3,000 + HST
October 19-20, 2022
November 16-17, 2022

DELIVERY: Combination of virtual theory and on-site practice at the CASTL training center in Charlottetown, PEI.
LENGTH: 1 day Theory
2 days Practical
THE PRICE: $1,400 + HST Theory only
$4,200 + HST Theory and practice
The theory:
October 14, 2022
November 10, 2022
October 17-18, 2022
November 14-15, 2022

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Chelsey Rogerson
Communications and Marketing Director
PEI BioAlliance
C: 902.213.7351
Email: [email protected]


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