Cambridge Healthtech Training Seminars

Introduction to Cell Culture: From a Frozen Stock to a Bioreactor

Wednesday, August 23 - Thursday, August 24, 2017
DAY 1: 8:00am -- 6:00pm | DAY 2: 8:00 am -- 12:15 pm

Instructor: Kamal Rashid, Ph.D., Director & Research Professor, Biomanufacturing Education & Training Center, and Biology/Biotechnology Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

 This one-and-a-half-day, intensive Seminar emphasizes extensive coverage of modern techniques utilized with animal cell systems for both research and biopharmaceutical production. The participants in this course will be exposed to the different methodologies utilized to grow cells and how this technology is becoming critical in the production of many of the health care products used to control human diseases, including coverage on vaccine production, monoclonal antibodies, and biologics production at the industrial scale. The Seminar includes coverage of seed train development and bioreactor monitoring and control during scale-up.

Training Seminar Objectives:
After the completion of this seminar, participants will have a clear understanding of the principles and techniques in culturing animal cells; Cell line characterization and quality assurance of a cell culture laboratory; contamination control; and mycoplasma detection and control. They will learn scale-up methodologies and upstream processing for a successful production facility.

Program Outline

  • Historical development of Animal Cell Culture Technology
  • Animal Cell Characteristics: Cells as Factories
  • Cell Cycle and it Importance in Cell Productivity
  • Cell Line Characterization, Cell Banking and Cell Line Preservation
  • Expression Systems and Cell Line Transformation: Mammalian Cell Systems and Insect Cell Systems
  • The Importance of Nutrients and Media Optimization
  • Scale-up of Cell Culture Processes
  • Microcarrier Cell Culture Technology
  • Hollow Fiber Cell Culture Technology
  • Stirred-Tank Bioreactors Systems with emphasis on both stainless steel and single use systems
  • Case Studies with CHO and Vero Cells

Who Should Attend:

This Training Seminar will be highly beneficial to scientists, process engineers, cell culture laboratory managers, biomanufacturing associates and other professionals from the biotechnology/biomanufacturing industries, academic institutions, and government laboratories.


Instructor Biography:


Dr. Kamal A. Rashid is the Director of the newly established Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center and a Research Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has over thirty five years of experience in both academic research, teaching and biotechnology program development. During his career he has developed, directed and implemented biotechnology/biomanufacturing training courses at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Utah State University, Penn State University and internationally. He is an expert on cell culture technology and has taught cell culture graduate courses for over twenty five years. He has trained thousands of employees of the biotechnology/biomanufacturing industry in upstream processing of cell culture products. Dr. Rashid’s research emphasis has been on toxicology and bioprocessing and has published numerous articles on both subjects in peer reviewed journal. His international activities include education and training program development and delivery for scientists and students from numerous countries, including Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Indonesia, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mexico Malaysia, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, and Vietnam . Dr. Rashid is very well recognized for his continuing education, teaching and international programs. He has received a national Faculty Service Award in 1997 from US University Continuing Education Association for his meritorious services to Penn State University. He was also honored in 2011 as the international professor of the year at Utah State University. He received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in environmental toxicology with emphasis on genotoxic effects of environmental pollutants on human health.


Training Seminar Information

Each CHI Training Seminar offers 1.5 days of instruction with start and stop times for each day shown above and on the Event-at-a-Glance published in the onsite Program & Event Guide. Training Seminars will include morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, as applicable, and lunch will be provided to all registered attendees on the full day of the class.

Each person registered specifically for the training seminar will be provided with a hard copy handbook for the seminar in which they are registered. A limited number of additional handbooks will be available for other delegates who wish to attend the seminar, but after these have been distributed, no additional books will be available.

Though CHI encourages track hopping between conference programs, we ask that Training Seminars not be disturbed once they have begun. In the interest of maintaining the highest quality learning environment for Training Seminar attendees, and because Seminars are conducted differently than conference programming, we ask that attendees commit to attending the entire program, and not engage in track hopping, as to not disturb the hands-on style instruction being offered to the other participants.



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