USU teaching foreign scientists about vaccine manufacturing

Utah State University’s Center for Integrated Systems will soon be welcoming 16 scientists from around the world to a course in vaccine manufacturing. The program is part of the World Health Organization’s initiative to train developing countries in influenza vaccine manufacturing techniques in an effort to fight a global flu pandemic. Noelle Cockett, Dean of USU’s College of Agriculture, says she is very pleased that USU has the opportunity to share its expertise and experience with scientists from across the world. Two faculty members, Kamal Rashid and Bart Tarbet, combine their expertise in bioprocess/biotechnology education and vaccine development to train visiting scientists on techniques in vaccine production, purification and scale-up strategies. Funding for the program comes from the U.S. Department of Human Services Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. The scientists, who will be here three weeks beginning February 21, come from Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Serbia, Romania, Russia and Egypt.

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