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BTEC Graduate Faculty Ruben Carbonell BTEC Director; Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Kirill Efimenko Research Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Michael C. Flickinger BTEC Associate Director, Academic Programs; Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Gary Gilleskie BTEC Associate Director, Operations; Teaching Associate Professor Paul Hamilton Assistant Professor, Microbiology Nathaniel Hentz Assistant Director, Analytical Lab, BTEC

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Henry Lamb Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Paul Mozdziak Professor, Poultry Science Gisele Passador-Gurgel Teaching Assistant Professor, BTEC

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Physical address

Mailing address

850 Oval Drive Suite 195 Raleigh, NC 27606

North Carolina State University Campus Box 7928 Raleigh, NC 27695-7928


Baley Reeves Senior Bioprocessing Scientist, BTEC



NC State College of Engineering

Jennifer Ruiz Senior Bioprocessing Scientist, BTEC

NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

John Sheppard Professor, Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences

NC State Poole College of Management

BTEC is a member of NCBIOIMPACT, an educational partnership of which the North Carolina Community College System BioNetwork, the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) at North Carolina Central University, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and the North Carolina Bioscience Organization (NCBIO) are members. Other partners include NC State’s College of Engineering and the Golden LEAF Foundation, which provided almost $39M to design and construct the BTEC facility.

John van Zanten Teaching Assistant Professor, BTEC William Welsh Associate Director of Strategic Programs, BTEC

Departments Biology Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences Microbiology Poultry Science



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Where biomanufacturing meets business

Accelerate your career in biomanufacturing

Master of Biomanufacturing (MR)

Take control of your career in the dynamic and growing field of biomanufacturing. Graduate with the scientific knowledge, business insight, and industry experience to join global companies as they meet tomorrow’s growing need for vaccines, antibodies, recombinant proteins, and other biotherapeutics. Gain hands-on experience in industrial-scale fermentation, cell culture, and purification in a simulated-cGMP facility while simultaneously taking targeted MBA and professional development courses.

Master of Biomanufacturing students complete 41 credit hours of industrial biomanufacturing lecture and laboratory coursework, professional development skills training, MBA classes, and research experience under the direction of a graduate advisor. Students submit a written research report and make a presentation about their research experience to the BTEC graduate faculty. All MBA courses are taught by faculty in the Jenkins Graduate School of Management, a part of NC State University’s Poole College of Management.

A unique program in industrial biomanufacturing North Carolina State University has created the first industry-scale cross-disciplinary graduate degree program in biopharmaceutical biomanufacturing in the country. The program home is the 82,500-gross-square-foot, $50-million Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC). BTEC is located on the university’s Centennial Campus, near Research Triangle Park (RTP) and in the midst of one of the largest concentrations of biopharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in the nation. Many of BTEC’s courses are taught by subject matter experts who come directly from industry. BTEC offers two Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degrees: a Master of Biomanufacturing (non-thesis) and a Master of Science in Biomanufacturing (thesis option). Both degrees include a sequence of hands-on industrial-scale laboratory courses taught in the largest simulated-cGMP biomanufacturing training facility in the United States. Other integral program experiences include an industry internship, case studies in the cGMP manufacturing of influenza vaccine and therapeutic antibodies, as well as a QC analytical laboratory course. Students also engage in professional development skills training and complete MBA courses including project management, strategic management foundations, and biosciences management. Some program requirements may be waived for applicants with advanced degrees or relevant industry experience.

Options for working professionals BTEC welcomes both full- and part-time students. Individuals currently working in industry are encouraged to apply. Many graduate courses are offered in the evenings or online.

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Highlights of program curriculum All biomanufacturing graduate students complete the following: • Six (6) credits of industry case studies • Three (3) credits of FDA regulatory affairs coursework • One (1) complete upstream or downstream biopharmaceutical manufacturing track • Professional skills training • A biopharmaceutical characterization QC laboratory course • An industry internship • A biomanufacturing-focused research experience The industry internship and research experience are distinct and important features of BTEC’s graduate degrees, as are the in-depth case studies, which are facilitated by subject matter experts employed in the industry. Full-time graduate students normally graduate after two years. Full-time students must complete their degree in three years; part-time students may take up to five years to complete the degree. For a complete list of course requirements, please visit the BTEC website at

FURTHER INFORMATION For further information or a tour of BTEC, please contact: Mr. Chris P. Smith, BTEC Graduate Programs Coordinator,, (919) 513-2195 Professor Michael C. Flickinger, BTEC Associate Director, Academic Programs, and Director of Graduate Programs,, (919) 515-0175

Master of Science (MS) Similar to the MR degree, the 40-credit-hour Master of Science in Biomanufacturing combines interdisciplinary coursework with professional management courses. In addition, this degree program provides additional experience in bioprocess development research to familiarize students with the methods, ideals, and goals of independent investigation. Students pursuing this degree complete four credit hours of industry-focused process research mentored by their graduate advisor. Each student submits a written thesis and presents that thesis to his or her graduate advisory committee.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Admission to the BTEC graduate program requires completion of an undergraduate degree in engineering, life science or physical science, letters of recommendation, a resume, and a statement of career goals. A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 and GRE scores in the 80th percentile or higher are also required. Prior completion of biomanufacturing courses is not required for admission to the program. Students can be admitted for fall or spring semester. Priority application deadlines are February 1 for fall admission and October 15 for spring admission. However, applications are accepted throughout the year.

HOW TO APPLY Visit for information about applying.