Our goal is to drive innovation that reduces the cost of biopharma manufacturing and as an educational institution to ensure the training of life sciences professionals for the newest biopharmaceutical manufacturing and related technologies.
Life Science companies are major drivers of innovation and the economy in California and the entire west coast of the US. California’s indirect employment due to life science companies results in over 900,000 jobs, with 311,226 direct life science jobs having an average wage over $100,000 annually (CLSA 2019 report.) We recognize that more than forty percent of upcoming therapeutics in their respective R&D pipelines are biopharmaceuticals. The life science industry has a critical shortage of trained process development and biomanufacturing personnel, ranging in some areas as much as 40 to 50%.
Open Biopharma operates the FutureFacility™ designed and constructed with CRB. Open Biopharma uses a ballroom design to create a truly dynamic space, the Sandbox. The Sandbox holds a variety of the latest equipment and technology platforms; including single use, continuous, integrated, and automation from different vendors across the industry. The Sandbox concept allows biopharmaceutical companies, vendors, and regulators to evaluate the impact of these new technologies on the biopharmaceutical processes and facilitate the adaptation of these progressive technologies into industry best practices. To complement the Sandbox concept our additional focus is enhancement of industry through current best practices and future-facing training which helps drive innovation and regional development as well.
Our future biopharma manufacturing facility is located in Carlsbad, CA – strategically placed in the heart of the Southern California biotech cluster and within a two hour plane ride from the Bay Area, Seattle, Denver and other prominent BioPharma clusters. San Diego represents the fastest growing cluster within the BioPharma industry.
The brand new virtual cGMP facility was built using CRB’s FutureFacility™ concept. It features spaces which cater to every training need in BioPharma, and a few spaces with the flexibility to adapt to what the future holds.
The campus currently boasts a newly renovated 45,000 ft2 ocean-view future biopharma manufacturing, training, and research facility. At a combined 3,000 ft2, the four training rooms and picturesque conference room are flexible enough to suit any classroom training or conference. It also features a modern 5,000 ft2 Research, Process Development, and Quality Control lab space. The 5,000 ft2 of manufacturing cleanroom space – which includes three small processing rooms, two large 1,400 ft2 processing ballrooms (the Sandboxes), raw material distribution room, and equipment cleaning room – is ideal for live demonstrations, testing, and practical training in biomanufacturing. Lastly, a 20,000 ft2 space is available for industry events.
We offer hands-on training in a virtual cGMP facility and demonstration opportunities with our partners to educate professionals and students alike. This includes hands-on and classroom training on the current best practices and future-facing technologies and equipment. We are working with local colleges to offer hands-on practical biomanufacturing opportunities for the students on a competitive basis. Additionally, we are working with industry organisations and partners to create curriculum for retraining services for veterans to work in biopharmaceutical manufacturing in a cGMP environment. Veterans are a large part of our San Diego community, and we want to give back to those who serve.
Open Biopharma developed a broad curriculum that covers practically every aspect of biopharmaceutical manufacturing (process development, fermentation, cell culture, single-use, downstream processing, continuous production, aseptic techniques, QA/QC) to enhance professional development and provide continuing education. Our faculty is comprised of industry experts in the given subjects, providing opportunity for the students to interact and learn from professionals with years of practical experience.
We are partnering with local universities, major industry organizations, and vendors to provide the most up to date training for our region an industry at large. Our commitment to serving our growing BioPharma community and the west coast region is a large part of why we chose this excellent location – although our panoramic ocean view doesn’t hurt.
Our goal is to collaborate with industry and academia to integrate new equipment and technologies which improve efficiency of the biomanufacturing operation. Additionally we conduct research to provide data that facilitates the integration and acceptance of new technologies.
1958 Kellogg Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008
At Open Biopharma Research and Training Institute we partner with organizations ready and willing to face the future of BioPharma.