Biopharma Technology - Biopharma Group’s R&D consultancy & analytical lab services division - is officially 20 years old.
Starting in 1997 as an extension to the services of Biopharma Process Systems, the objective was to provide scientific support to the company's freeze-drying customers and share expert knowledge. Since then, the number of consultancy and lab services has grown to include training courses, alongside the development of analytical instruments specifically catered towards those utilising freeze drying technology.
Biopharma Group’s Chairman, Andrew Cowen, said: “BTL has flourished and grown independently since its conception to ensure that customers were able to get the best out of their new freeze dryer. Twenty years later, it now provides process
development services and training around the globe as well as being the world’s leading provider of freeze drying analytic instruments.
"We have reached many milestones, from introducing our cytotoxic suite, developing the most advanced analytical instruments for freeze drying and training courses dedicated to the latest techniques/technologies, to working successfully in collaboration with the Marie Curie SNAL ITN project to prove the viability of freeze drying red blood cells. We have increased not only what we can offer in terms of services, but we have stayed at the forefront of the industry due to the level of expertise we have in-house."
Training courses leader, Dr Kevin Ward, has lead the way when it comes to sharing this expertise. A regular on the speaker's circuit, he conducts regular webinars for SP Scientific. Biopharma’s training courses started in 2000 and are now scheduled regularly across the US and Europe, with additional events customered for individual needs.
In terms of product, the Lyostat Freeze Drying Microscope and the Lyotherm Frozen State Analyser have been introduced and developed throughout the 20 years.
Testimonials from happy customers include:
– “This is the first time we have used Biopharma and the support, responses and help was excellent.” – Head of Research & Development, [Consumer Healthcare Developer]
– “We are outsourcing our product for testing often […] and getting the satisfactory results from [Biopharma] the company; also availing the additional benefits. We [are] assured to continue the same rapport with your esteemed organisation. Thank
you for your timely support. It’s our pleasure to outsource the products for testing with [your] esteemed and well established organisation.” – H. Patil, Research Scientist, [Sai Life Sciences Ltd. – India]
– “We needed a CRO close by which we should be able to visit if anything should go wrong or just face to face was necessary… We have felt that the service and deliverables has been state of the art. It has also been a pleasure working with you on this project.” – Senior Principal Scientist, Fertin