Cell Therapy Manufacturing Lab

Payment in full must be received in order to be admitted into the program.

Expanding and manufacturing human cells requires unique equipment and processes that ensure quality during expansion of cells that will be used as therapies administered to patients. This three-day hands-on course reviews fundamentals of aseptic culture technique, including culture of adherent and suspension cells, cell counting, cell culture plasticware (from T-flasks to spinner flasks and microcarrier culture), and emphasizes batch record and traceability considerations for autologous human cell therapies.  This laboratory course provides hands on training on cell therapy manufacturing equipment used for cell expansion and washing.  This course is designed for students who have some experience with aseptic cell culture technique and upstream bioprocessing who are interested in acquiring new skills and gaining an awareness of techniques and considerations for manufacturing cell therapies.

Registration begins Tuesday, August 3, 2021

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2021 Program Logistics

  • Next Program: Coming Soon
  • Time:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Biomanufacturing Education & Training Center
    WPI Gateway Park, 50 Prescott Street (2nd floor), Worcester, MA
  • Cost: $2,925 (15% discount for NIIMBL Members)
  • CEU: 

Recommended Background:

  • MIT online edX course 20.373x – Making a Cell Therapy: Principles and Practice of Manufacturing (recommended, but not required)


This lab course is part of a Blended Learning for Cell Therapy Manufacturing modular course developed with funding from the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), in collaboration with MIT, WPI, Vericel, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.  The Blended course consists of the online course 20.373x, Cell Therapy Manufacturing Lab, and two additional hands-on lab modules offered at MIT: CAR-T Manufacturing and Genetic Engineering of Cells. A guide to the complete blended course can be found here.