LZ Lifescience to implement MES in NC State University's biotech lab

By CIOReview | Friday, May 20, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: In an announcement made by LZ Lifescience, a partnership with North Carolina State University’s Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) was publicized. The manufacturing software specialist will now be helping NC State University in promoting and supporting the technology expertise in their biopharma industry.

LZ Lifescience’s Manufacturing Execution System (MES) technology will be introduced by the Golden LEAF BTEC center into its biotech laboratory. This new initiative will replace paper-based systems with electronic batch record (EBR) capabilities improving efficiencies of demonstration. This will enable graduate students and industry professionals to access hands-on learning with the latest MES technology for biomanufacturing. “There is a clear mind-set change in the biopharma manufacturing industry, with firms increasingly exploring ways to improve their operations by replacing paper records with electronic ones and accessing plant information in real-time,” said Christian Fortunel, vice president at LZ Lifescience Inc. This reflects an industry-wide shift towards implementing technology to manage manufacturing operations.

BTEC team will be provided with in-depth training and technical support by LZ Lifescience after its MES technology, Shopfloor-Online Lifescience edition, has been implemented initially. The center’s chromatography work space will be the initial workplace where this technology would be implemented before expanding throughout its bio-manufacturing facility.

Educational and training opportunities are provided by BTEC which help in the development of skilled professionals for the bio-manufacturing industry. Bioprocess development and analytical services to a wide range of customers from academia and industry is offered by this center. More than $12.5 million of industry-standard equipment and a simulated current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) is featured by the center which produces biopharmaceutical products by leveraging cell growth and expression, recovery and purification processes in a sterile environment. “BTEC is excited to collaborate with LZ Lifescience to bring electronic batch records to our facility. Our students will certainly benefit from hands-on exposure to a technology that is increasingly being adopted by industry. Through this experience, they will see the advantages that electronic batch records offer over more traditional paper-based systems,” concludes Gary Gilleskie, Ph.D., director, operations & teaching associate professor, Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center.