Gain specialist knowledge in bioprocessing

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Gain specialist knowledge in bioprocessing

With our Fast Trak education, you can access application training in specialized bioprocessing techniques. The courses provide a tangible learning experience for process development and manufacturing scientists, relevant to everyday work.

Comprehensive training for your specific needs

Learn best practices in enabling technologies

Expert instructors with insights in today’s biomanufacturing challenges

Global training and education centers

20% discount for early registrants (at least 60 days prior to start of course)

An Important Message on COVID-19 for Our Customers

Our global Fast Trak training schedule may change based on emerging information in the COVID-19 situation. We will update this web page as frequently as possible.

To ensure your safety and follow government guidelines, we may need to reschedule a course after you have registered. We will contact you right away if this happens. If you’re unable to attend on the new date, you may choose to send a colleague in your place, attend another course, or have your course fees refunded. If we cancel the course, you will be notified as soon as possible and will receive a full refund of paid fees.

If you’re interested in our training but are unable to travel, we can deliver some of the course lectures to you through an online platform. To inquire about this customized online training, please contact your regional Fast Trak center.

We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our colleagues and customers while also continuing to meet your needs for bioprocessing training. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Fast Trak courses

Munich, Germany courses may differ in scope and length of courses. Please contact your regional Fast Trak center for latest calendar information on all courses. Further course information, including our cancellation policy, can be found in General course information

Advanced bioreactor cultivation technology CELL1

Course description

Duration: 3.5 days
This course covers bioreactor cultivation and upstream process development strategy using single-use equipment. You will learn how to optimize processes and monitor critical parameters for scale-up. We also discuss validation and process design considerations for good manufacturing practice (GMP). Practical sessions include bioreactor inoculation and evaluation of cell culture performance using analytical techniques. You will develop a medium and feed strategy based on cell metabolism and scale it up using key engineering principles.

  • In-depth training on cell culture technology
  • Optimization and development of medium
  • Process development and evaluation, scale-up, and bioengineering in an animal cell culture

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CELL1 venues
Uppsala, Sweden March 22-25, 2022 Songdo, South Korea Dec 1-4 2020 (EN)
Apr 20–23, 2021 (KR)
Oct 26–29, 2021 (EN)
Tokyo, Japan Jun 22–25, 2021

Advanced bioreactor cultivation technology pilot scale CELL2

Course description

Duration: 3.5 days
This course covers bioreactor cultivation and upstream process development strategy using single-use equipment at pilot scale (up to 200L scale). You will learn how to optimize processes and monitor critical parameters for scale-up. It you help to learn how to establish a pilot production process for your preclinical sample production including validation and process design considerations for good manufacturing practice (GMP). Practical sessions include bioreactor inoculation and evaluation of cell culture performance using analytical techniques. You will develop a medium and feed strategy based on cell metabolism and scale it up using key engineering principles.

  • In-depth training on cell culture technology
  • Optimization and development of medium
  • Process development and evaluation, scale-up, and bioengineering in an animal cell culture

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CELL2 Venues
Shanghai, China Nov 23–26, 2021

Introduction to downstream techniques and bioprocessing DEV1

Course description

Duration: 3 days
Learn downstream processing techniques suitable for large-scale protein purification and considerations for process development. The course provides understanding of the techniques and parameters governing separation. You will operate lab-scale ÄKTA avant systems using a variety of chromatography resins to separate and purify a crude feed.

  • Basics in industrial processing and chromatographic techniques suitable for large-scale purification
  • Different chromatographic techniques
  • Purification strategies and optimization
  • Process hygiene and column packing
  • Laboratory practicals: purification of protein from clarified E. coli lysate or milk whey

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DEV1 venues
Marlborough, USA Oct 26–28, 2021 Uppsala, Sweden May 17–19, 2022 (EN) Munich, Germany Nov 15–17, 2022 (DE)

Downstream bioprocess development DEV2

Course description

Duration: 5 days
This hands-on course covers advanced downstream processing design, optimization, and troubleshooting of chromatographic processes. The training is geared towards strategic thinking. The focus is on design and optimization of critical operating parameters involved in developing a scalable, economic, and robust chromatographic process. Related topics covered include process hygiene, column maintenance routines, and scale-up issues. You will develop a three-step chromatographic process. You will also optimize the process for purity, recovery, and productivity suitable for manufacturing scale.

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DEV2 Venues
Marlborough, USA Dec 6-10, 2021 Bangalore, India Nov 15–19, 2021 Uppsala, Sweden Nov 22–26 2021
Sep 12–16, 2022 (EN)
Shanghai, China May 17–21 2021
Oct 18–22, 2021
Tokyo, Japan Sep 29–Oct 1, 2021 Songdo, South Korea Nov 23–26, 2021 (EN)

Bioprocess scale-up and technology transfer DEV4

Course description

Duration: 3 days
Understand advanced late stage process development, scale-up, and transfer. This course will cover process design and optimization for production. It will provide an introduction to validation and column packing. The importance of safety and economic issues related to automation will also be discussed. You will optimize conditions in a two-step process and work on maintaining separation performance at increasing scales. Group exercises and discussions will focus on ”real-life” scale-up issues, complementing the hands-on work.

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DEV4 Venues
Uppsala, Sweden Nov 15–17, 2022 (EN)
Available on-demand as a virtual course
Shanghai, China Aug 24–26, 2021 Songdo, South Korea Sep 8–10, 2021

Introduction to design of experiments DOE1

Course description

Duration: 3 days
This course gives an introduction to design of experiments (DoE) principles and the statistical terms associated with them. We will also discuss different DoE designs and the process of evaluating results. Hands-on exercises will provide experience in evaluating various pre-generated DoE data files. You will also set up and run your own DoE experiment on an ÄKTA avant system, assess potential responses, and evaluate the results.

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DOE1 Venues
Bangalore, India Aug 18–20, 2021 Shanghai, China Jun 22–24, 2021
Nov 9–11, 2021

Downstream bioprocessing of monoclonal antibodies MAB1

Course description

Duration: 4 days
Get an introduction to mAbs and current challenges involved in biopharmaceutical production. You will learn general purification strategies focusing on platform processes using affinity chromatography for capture. We will also discuss polishing steps, including multimodal techniques for key contaminant removal. In the practical session, you will define operating conditions for a human mAb process optimized for yield, productivity, and process economy. Biosimilars, analytical techniques, and manufacturing-scale considerations for purification of mAbs will also be discussed.

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MAB1 Venues
Uppsala, Sweden May 31–Jun 3, 2022 (EN) Tokyo, Japan Jun 30–Jul 2, 2021

Large–scale column packing COL1

Course description

Duration: 3 days
This hands-on course focuses on optimizing large-scale column packing and handling methods as well as testing and maintenance of chromatography resins in large-scale columns. We will address factors influencing separation performance and the relationship to reproducibility, stability, and economy in an industrial manufacturing setting. You will pack and test large-scale columns, with different design features and dimensions, using several types of chromatography resins.

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COL1 Venues
Marlborough, USA Nov 17-19, 2021 Uppsala, Sweden Mar 29–31, 2022 (EN) Tokyo, Japan Oct 27-29, 2021

Small-scale column packing COL2

Course description

This hands-on course focuses on optimizing small-scale column packing, handling methods as well as testing and maintenance of chromatography resins. We will address factors influencing separation performance and the relationship to reproducibility and stability. You will pack and test small-scale columns, with different design features and dimensions, using several types of chromatography resins.

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COL2 Venues
Munich, Germany Mar 15–17, 2022 (DE)
Sep 13–15, 2022 (EN)
Available on-demand as a virtual class. Contact us for details.

Advanced cell therapy technology CELLT1

Course description

This course provides both classroom and laboratory instruction within cell therapy processes and cell manufacturing under good manufacturing practice (GMP) procedures. Divided into upstream, cell expansion, and downstream applications, practical laboratory sessions will provide beginning-to-end technical knowledge and training on industry standard equipment and reagents. Guidance to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) development will also be discussed. Templates for SOPs are provided upon request.

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CELLT1 Venues
Marlborough, USA Sep 27-29, 2021 Shanghai, China Dec 7-9, 2021 Tokyo, Japan Jul 13-15, 2021

Advanced cell therapy technology - NIBRT CELLT1

Course description

This section of the CELLT1 course is presented in collaboration with the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT).
This course provides both classroom and laboratory instruction within cell therapy processes and cell manufacturing under good manufacturing practice (GMP) procedures. Divided into upstream, cell expansion, and downstream applications, practical laboratory sessions will provide beginning-to-end technical knowledge and training on industry standard equipment and reagents. Guidance to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) development will also be discussed. Templates for SOPs are provided upon request.

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CELLT1 NIBRT Venues
Dublin, Ireland Contact us for details.

Advanced UNICORN system control for chromatography systems UNI1

Course description

Duration: 3 days
Learn both basic and more advanced UNICORN programming. The basic overview covers aspects like user and system set-up, manual control, performing runs, editing method, creating methods using block programming as well as use of air sensors and alarms or warnings. The overview is followed by more advanced programming instruction, such as conditional programming, watch commands, and start protocols. Advanced evaluation procedures, importing/exporting data, comparing results and developing reports are also covered. Optimization of system variables, networking and validation issues will be discussed.

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UNI1 is also available as a virtual class

UNI1 Venues
Uppsala, Sweden Dec 7–9, 2021
Apr 26–28, 2022 (EN)
Dec 6-8, 2022 (EN)
Munich, Germany May 17-19, 2022 (DE)
Sep 27-29, 2022 (DE)

Advanced UNICORN Methods for Xuri W25 UNI2

Course description

Duration: 3 days
UNI2 is an advanced practical course on the use of UNICORN software for method writing in cell therapy manufacturing environments. The course starts with an introduction to the UNICORN software platform. This overview is followed by lectures covering topics in Method Editor, including method structures, text instructions, variables, and conditional programming. Additional lectures will provide overviews of method queues and system control. The course covers functionalities for evaluating results such as comparing results, importing/exporting data, developing reports, and advanced evaluation procedures. Throughout the course, there are both in-class and in-lab exercises to supplement the lecture materials.

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UNI2 Venues
Marlborough, USA Sep 30-Oct 1, 2021

Cytiva is proud to offer a growing catalog of e-learning options covering a range of topics.

  • Virtual classes are interactive, live-streamed versions of our standard classroom courses. You’ll learn directly from our expert instructors from the comfort of your computer.
  • Online courses are self-paced and delivered on-demand, allowing you to learn on your own schedule. Each course is divided into several short topics which you can access and complete individually.

Virtual class: Advanced UNICORN system control for chromatography systems UNI1

Course description

Duration: 2 days
Learn both basic and advanced UNICORN programming with this on-demand, interactive virtual class. The basic overview covers aspects like user and system set up, manual control, performing runs, editing methods, creating methods using block programming as well as use of air sensors and alarms or warnings. The overview is followed by more advanced programming instruction, such as conditional programming, watch commands, and start protocols. This virtual class offers many opportunities for students to learn directly from the instructor, with a low teacher-student ratio (1:3) and an additional review session after the completion of the course.

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Virtual UNI1 Venues
Virtual class offered by Fast Trak USASep 22-23, 2021
Oct 19–20, 2021
Nov 17-18, 2021
Dec 8-9, 2021
Virtual class offered by Fast Trak EMEASep 22-23, 2021
Mar 2-3, 2022 (EN)
Oct 12-13, 2022 (EN)

Virtual class: Small-scale column packing vCOL2

Course description

Duration: 2 half days
This virtual class focuses on live demonstrations of optimizing small-scale column packing, handling methods as well as testing and maintenance of chromatography resins. We will address factors influencing separation performance and the relationship to reproducibility and stability. We will demonstrate how to pack and test small-scale columns (Tricorn™/XK/HiScale™) with different design features and dimensions, using several types of chromatography resins.

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Virtual vCOL2 Venues
Virtual class offered by Fast Trak EMEASep 28-29, 2021

Virtual class: Advanced UNICORN method editing for cell and gene therapy on Xuri W25 eUNI2

Course description

Duration: 2 half days
eUNI2 is an advanced practical course on the use of UNICORN software for method writing in cell therapy manufacturing environments. The virtual course starts with a general overview of UNICORN software and methods, the benefits of a method, and how to use a method for a cell expansion run. This overview is followed by topics on Method Editor, including method structures, text instructions, variables, and conditional programming. The examples shown during lectures are focused on cell and gene therapy.

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Virtual UNI2 venues
Virtual class offered by Fast Trak USAContact us for details.

Virtual class: Introduction to cross filtration principles MEM1

Course description

Join this virtual class to learn about membrane separation techniques used in bioprocessing, with emphasis on tangential flow filtration techniques using open and/or screen channel devices. The course provides a general understanding of the scientific principles of tangential flow filtration used in upstream and downstream processing, optimization of operating parameters, and scale-up. In a remote practical session, we will guide you through membrane preparation and a typical protein concentration/diafiltration process step using the AKTAflux s semi-automated lab-scale system.

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MEM1 Venues
Virtual class offered by Fast Trak EMEAMay 19-20, 2021
Sep 28-29, 2022 (EN)

Virtual class: Advanced Biacore evaluation and control software training BEv1

Course description

Duration: 2 days
Join this virtual course to learn how to use the BIAevaluation and BIAcontrol software for your Biacore system. An overview of the control software covers aspects like system set-up, manual run set-up, wizard templates, creating and editing methods, important commands for sanitization and routine maintenance of the system, and do’s and don'ts of experiments. This overview is followed by analyzing data sets in evaluation. The evaluation software training will include visualization of data, high throughput analysis, concentration determination, IC50 determination, and immunogenicity data analysis.

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BEv1 Venues
Virtual class offered by Fast Trak IndiaMar 9-10, 2021

Virtual class: Introduction to downstream techniques and bioprocessing vDEV1

Course description

Duration: 2 days
Join this virtual lecture series to discover downstream processing (DSP) techniques for large-scale protein purification. This course covers the basic theoretical concepts required for process development. In the day 1 session, you’ll gain an understanding of the diverse chromatography techniques used in downstream optimization. The sessions on day 2 focus on purification strategy development with an emphasis on critical parameters for process optimization. The course also covers important topics required to set up and run a purification protocol, such as running and operating ÄKTA systems, using UNICORN software, and maintaining systems, resins, and columns.

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vDEV1 Venues
Virtual class offered by Fast Trak IndiaJan 27-29, 2021 Virtual class offered by Fast Trak EMEAAvailable on-demand. Contact us for details.

Online course: Overview of the biopharma industry and products

Course description

In this level 1 course, you will acquaint yourself with the current healthcare status and role of biopharma industry. You will learn about different types of biotherapeutics used to fight disease, ranging from small molecules like insulin to large molecules like monoclonal antibodies. You will get an overview of the different drug development phases and the role of global and national regulatory agencies. The course also covers some of the challenges faced by the biopharma industry.

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Online course: Biomanufacturing process capability requirements

Course description

In this level 2 course, you will learn to identify process capabilities needs in order to produce the required quality and quantity of biotherapeutics—with patient safety and drug effectiveness in focus. The course describes the role of quality by design as per ICH guidelines in bioprocess development. You will learn about the different stages in biologics production and strategies used to prevent product and process related impurities.

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Online course: Introduction to preparative protein chromatography

Course description

In this level 2 course, you will learn about the principles of preparative chromatography for protein purification and how to perform it. You’ll familiarize yourself with different types of columns and stationary phases, learn more about chromatographic techniques, and explore chromatography performance factors. This course also covers purification strategies and various modes of chromatographic operations. You will explore the methods and challenges of scaling up from lab to production scale.

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Online course: Advanced cell therapy technology CELLT1

Course description

This course provides virtual classroom instruction within cell therapy processes and cell manufacturing under good manufacturing practice (GMP) procedures. Divided into upstream, cell expansion, and downstream applications, this course will provide deep technical knowledge on industry standard equipment and reagents. It will walk the user through typical workflow steps within cell therapy manufacturing, covering items like cell isolation, expansion, harvesting, and cryopreservation. Guidance to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) development will also be discussed. Templates for SOPs are provided upon request.

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Virtual class: Introduction to ÄKTA chromatography systems and UNICORN 7.x control software

Course description

Duration: 3 days
This interactive virtual class offers a well-balanced combination of theory and practice for those who want to better understand their ÄKTA system and the UNICORN software. In the course lectures, you’ll learn about ÄKTA preparation and maintenance, UNICORN system control and method editing, and how to troubleshoot common chromatography errors. Then, with hands-on homework to be performed at your own laboratory, you’ll purify bovine serum albumin (BSA) to gain practical experience in system preparation, method programming, performing a chromatography run, and evaluating the results. Cytiva will provide you with the consumables required to perform this homework.

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ÄKTA and UNICORN venues

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Custom courses

Biacore basics

Biacore basics is a course both for users new to SPR, those who have never been formally trained or users with prior experience that want to familiarize themselves with a new platform type. In this class, we cover the technologies behind Biacore systems, assay development, best practices in basic experimental design and the most common applications run on today’s Biacore systems

Kinetic and affinity analysis

This course is intended for users interested in binding kinetics who have already attended Biacore basics. The course is available for Biacore T100/T200, 3000, S200 and X100 systems. We focus on the design and optimization of kinetic and affinity experiments, and evaluation of kinetic and affinity data using the Biacore evaluation software. In addition, we will include the use of BIAsimulation software for design of kinetic and affinity experiments.

Custom training and process consultancy

Our global team of bioprocessing experts can provide guidance for existing unit operations as well as support in designing new processes that meet current regulatory demands and reduce time-to-market by:

  • Reviewing and assessing existing processes to help define critical parameters
  • Offering technical guidance and oversight for developing scalable upstream and downstream processes
  • Recommending ways to increase process efficiencies
  • Troubleshooting different unit operations
  • Training operators at your site

FlexFactory operator training

Duration: 8 to 10 days
This course provides training on FlexFactory equipment, consumables, and automation at your qualified FlexFactory site. Training will be focused on day-to day-operation of the various components of the FlexFactory platform. This includes set-up and installation of consumables, connection and transfer between unit operations, start-up and running in automated mode, as well as troubleshooting. The course is developed for operators and those involved in daily operation of a FlexFactory platform.

FlexFactory Wonderware Engineering Training

Duration: 5 days
This course is designed for the novice Wonderware user to become familiar with Batch recipe functionality, FlexFactory phases, and Dream Report Studio functionality. Through a combination of lectures and practical hands-on sessions, you’ll learn how to create, modify, and execute recipes and reports from start to finish. For a real-life application, bring your process requirements to create your own recipe or edit an existing one. This course is applicable to Batch and phases created in the FlexFactory Wonderware software platform, versions 1.04 and above.

Bioprocessing using membrane separations MEM1

Learn about membrane separation techniques used in bioprocessing with emphasis on cross flow filtration (CFF) techniques using open and/or screen channel devices. The course provides a general understanding of optimization, cleaning, validation, and scale‑up. In the practical sessions, you will learn basic methods, including membrane preparation, air diffusion, and integrity testing. You will also conduct experiments on optimizing clarification and concentration/diafiltration steps.

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Custom course venues
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Fast Trak global training and education centers

Course facilities are located across the world. They are equipped with teaching labs furnished with our latest products and equipment. The Fast Trak regional centers are located in the USA, Sweden, Korea, India, and China. Satellite centers are found in Germany, and Japan.

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