The North Carolina BioNetwork Pharmaceutical Center (one of six biotechnology related centers) has expanded its reach to serve the life science industries in such areas as pharmaceuticals, bioprocessing, regenerative medicine, nanobiotechnology, vaccine, medical device, herbal/botanical, dietary supplements, regulatory and clinical research.
Located in PTRP, the Center provides consultation and training for companies and services to North Carolina community colleges including job coaching and educational guidance. Its newly created BioNetwork Analytical Center which will adjoin the Pharmaceutical Center, is a state-of-the-art resource with analytical testing equipment outfitted with current and emerging technologies.
This new Center will introduce a new virtual learning technology by 2010 that uses digital interactive simulation and modeling to precisely mirror an industrial or laboratory setting and equipment. Using these tools, students receive virtual hands-on training while they navigate the modeled environment, manipulate controls, follow procedures, and troubleshoot programmed faults and failures. This initiative will also feature distance learning systems.
Today, individuals and companies can benefit from the Center's certification and equipment in mechanical aptitude testing with future plans to become certified and equipped for electrical and PLC (Programmable Logic Control) skills testing. The BioNetwork Pharmaceutical Center is a statewide resource promoting workforce development in North Carolina.