URI teaming up with Sartorius Biotech

PROVIDENCE – The University of Rhode Island is to celebrate a new partnership with Sartorius Biotech Inc. of Edgewood, N.J., and the opening of an expanded biotechnology lab at URI’s Feinstein Providence campus, during the upcoming Northeast Regional Biotechnology Symposium.
“Were so pleased that Sartorius has partnered with us to provide our students and biotech professionals in the area with access to the most modern equipment available,” said Greg Paquette, director of biotechnology programs at URI and a professor of cell and molecular biology.
The equipment donated to URI’s biotechnology manufacturing lab includes bioreactors, tangential-flow filtration units and a membrane-filter integrity tester, and is valued at $150,000.
The company also will offer a number of biomanufacturing workshops at the lab, which will be free to URI students, faculty and staff and will be available for a free to biotechnology industry personnel.
“We have long supported academic institutions with training and equipment to provide the future biotechnologist with the latest innovations in the biomanufacturing processes,” said Maik Jornitz, group vice president for product management at Sartorius.

Jornitz is to be among the speakers at the symposium, along with URI Molecular Biology Professor Albert Kausch, EpiVax CEO Annie DeGroot and Saul Kaplan, director of the R.I. Economic Development Corporation. The event is to feature topics including disposable biopharmaceutical processing, vaccine development, biofuels and the state of the life sciences industry in Rhode Island.

The third annual Northeast Regional Biotechnology Symposium is slated for May 15, beginning at 1:30 p.m., at the URI Feinstein Providence Campus, 80 Washington St. The new lab, also at the Feinstein Campus, is to be dedicated that day at 4:15 p.m.
The symposium is free and open to the public; free parking will be available. For more information or to register, contact Mary Pinch at 277-5056 or pinch@uri.edu.

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