Watson-Marlow donates equipment to new biotech training facility

Including two new 530 series pumps and two 620 series pumps, plus a consignment of Pumpsil and PureWeld tubing

Watson-Marlow has donated equipment to the Biotech Training Facility in Leiden, Netherlands

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) is supporting the opening of a new 2,000m2 Biotech Training Facility (BTF) in Leiden, Holland through the donation of equipment.

The firm's contribution includes two of its new 530 series pumps and two 620 series pumps, plus a consignment of Pumpsil and PureWeld tubing.

As a leader in complete fluid path solutions for the biopharmaceutical sector, WMFTG has also provided technology from elsewhere in its group to the facility, including a Flexicon PF6 tabletop aseptic liquid filler that will provide trainees at BTF with both accuracy (±0.5%) and repeatability when demonstrating the liquid filling pumps to trainees. The peristaltic filling principle delivers the widely recognised benefits of precise filling, zero cross contamination and ease of cleaning. Trainees will also benefit from the company’s Accusil platinum-cured tubing, which is designed for dispensing applications.

As part of its ongoing commitment to education, training and skills development across the sector, WMFTG has also offered training and support to the BTF for those interested in learning more about peristaltic fluid solutions.

Rudi Dominicus, Manager of Training and Development at the Biotech Training Facility, said: 'It is great news that Watson-Marlow, a major player in the pharmaceutical market, supports the Biotech Training Facility in Leiden with the donation of five peristaltic pumps.

'We are extremely pleased to be allowed to use these reliable pumps for our practical training courses and to benefit from Watson-Marlow’s many years of experience in single-use fluid paths.'

The new Biotech Training Facility (BTF) is a state-of-the-art training centre where trainees can learn how to produce (bio) pharmaceuticals, under GMP and biosafety conditions, in a realistic environment. The BTF has been funded with support from the European Regional Development Fund of the European Commission.

This training facility can also be used as a pilot plant for testing equipment and processes. Located at the Leiden Bio Science Park, the BTF is fully equipped with cleanrooms (Class A to D), laboratories and a technical area with easily accessible utilities.

In addition to the donation of equipment, Watson-Marlow is one of the first companies to have worked with the Biotech Training Facility to develop a custom-made course; a training session is planned for its own biopharm specialist sales engineers.

Companies or individuals interested in finding out more about the courses and facilities available at the BTF, should click here.

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