Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing Will Open in 2019 at Spring House Innovation Park: Technically Philly

The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing is expected to train up to 2,500 professionals annually at its newly announced site at Spring House Innovation Park, Technical.ly Philly reported June 15, noting the biopharma hub will open spring 2019.

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Professors Sunderland and Ujiie Discuss the Future of Digital Printing: Impressions

Jefferson faculty members Mark Sunderland and Hitoshi Ujiie discuss how the latest technology in digital fabric printing can impact the fashion and textiles industries, Impressions Magazine reported June 11.

Sunderland is the Robert J. Reichlin High-Performance Apparel Chair and director of the global fashion enterprise and textile materials technology programs. Ujiie is director of Jefferson’s Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging.

 

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Interior Design Alumna Ghislaine Vinas and Her Convention-Defying Approach to Interiors: Metropolis

Interior design alumna Ghislaine Vinas’s flair for color and narrative has made her firm a growing force in workplace and product design, Metropolis reported June 15.

“Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design, her ten-person firm, is having quite a year. At ICFF in May, it launched a rug collection with Aronson. This month, the firm will unveil two major projects at NeoCon: the new Scandinavian Spaces showroom in Chicago’s Mart and Viñas’s first textile foray, a collaboration with HBF Textiles,” Metropolis wrote. Vinas graduated in 1991.

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Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing To Open Spring 2019 at Spring House Innovation Park: Philadelphia Business Journal

The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing will open spring 2019 at Spring House Innovation Park, The Philadelphia Business Journal reported June 14.

“Our facility at Spring House Innovation Park will utilize leading-edge biopharmaceutical manufacturing technology and support current and future workforce demands in this critically important field,” Ron Kander, PhD, dean of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, said.

“The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing is an outstanding example of the academic possibilities created by the merger of Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University,” said Kathleen Gallagher, the university’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Our strategic plan recognizes the value of partnerships, such as the one with NIBRT, as foundational in developing programs that enable our students to be successful professionals.”

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Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing Will Open Spring 2019 at Spring House Innovation Park

The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing, which will provide state-of-the-art education and training in the fast-emerging field of biopharmaceutical processing, will open spring 2019 at the Spring House Innovation Park in Lower Gwynedd, Pa.

The 25,000-square-foot facility will house programs to educate and train about 2,500 people annually to produce these potentially life-saving drugs, including biopharmaceutical professionals and bioprocessing engineering students, and provide workforce training and certifications through regional educational partnerships.

A rending of the Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing at Spring House Innovation Park.

A rendering of the Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing at Spring House Innovation Park.

The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing is the first—and only—education and training institute for biopharmaceutical processing in North America to be established in partnership with the internationally recognized National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT), which is based in Dublin, Ireland.

“The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing demonstrates the vision and mission of Jefferson by leveraging partnerships with industry, academia and government agencies to provide globally recognized, transdisciplinary education and training in this fast-emerging field,” said Ron Kander, PhD, dean of Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce and associate provost for applied research at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).  “Our facility at Spring House Innovation Park will utilize leading-edge biopharmaceutical manufacturing technology and support current and future workforce demands in this critically important field.”

Spring House Innovation Park is a 133-acre multi-use campus including office, laboratory and research and development space. The centrally located facility is near the region’s pharmaceutical industry and part of the BioLaunch611+ Keystone Innovation Zone, with easy access to Jefferson campuses, Center City, the Philadelphia Airport, 30th Street Station and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

“The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing is an outstanding example of the academic possibilities created by the merger of Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University,” said Kathleen Gallagher, the University’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Our Strategic Plan recognizes the value of partnerships, such as the one with NIBRT, as foundational in developing programs that enable our students to be successful professionals.  The Spring House Innovation Park will not only provide a top-tier facility, but will further advantage our students and trainees by providing a larger community of innovators in other forward-thinking industries.”

Biologics, with new therapies that can turn acute and debilitating illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and cancer into manageable chronic diseases and sometimes cures, are rapidly gaining momentum throughout the world. Yet, because of the complex manufacturing process and lengthier regulatory approval process compared to traditional small-molecule drugs, biologics remain challenging to produce, with only a handful of centers throughout the world dedicated to training people to produce these potentially life-saving drugs. The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing will close that gap.

Internationally recognized for its excellence in bioprocessing research and training, NIBRT serves about 4,000 industry professionals worldwide at its Dublin headquarters, including many from the United States. The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing will leverage the renowned NIBRT curriculum to provide a premier U.S.-based option with a significant potential market that includes 900-plus pharmaceutical-related companies in the Northeast U.S. The Institute will utilize the latest single-use engineering technology pioneered by General Electric.

When fully operational, the Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing is expected to serve 2,500 people annually, including programs for pharmaceutical professionals, workforce training through community college partnerships and bioprocessing certifications through regional university partnerships. Importantly, the Institute will facilitate enrollment of 70 additional Jefferson students in bioprocessing engineering at the undergraduate through PhD levels.

Biologic pharmaceuticals are manufactured in a living system such as a microorganism, plant or animal cell, often utilizing recombinant DNA technology. The development of biologic pharmaceuticals is growing rapidly, representing a major shift in the industry from traditional chemical synthesis techniques. More than 40 percent of therapeutics currently in research and development are biopharmaceuticals.

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Jefferson Israel Center Will Enhance Education, Health and Innovation Opportunities: The Jewish Exponent

The Jefferson Israel Center, announced last week in Jerusalem, is expected to strengthen research ties in Israel, create educational opportunities for students and invigorate international relationships, The Jewish Exponent reported June 14.

 

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Jefferson Earns Branding Awards for Athletic Visual Identity

RamsAfter unveiling the new athletic identity at Ram Madness to kick off the 2017-18 basketball seasons on Oct. 12, 2017, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) has earned two awards for the logo package.

The athletic department won a gold award from Collegiate Advertising Awards, a national program that honors marketing professionals for excellence in all forms of advertising, marketing and promotion specific to higher education products and services. The athletics visual identity also won a bronze award in the logo category from the Educational Advertising Awards, one of the most respected educational advertising competitions in the nation.

“We would like to thank Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications Pat Baldridge and the University’s public relations department for working hard last summer with 160over90 to establish our new athletic brand,” said Assistant Vice President of Athletics Tom Shirley. “The new colors and logo will help us standout on the field and court beyond our athletic achievements.”

Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University announced their official combination, effective July 1, 2017, creating a national professional university designed to deliver high-impact education and value for students in medicine, science, architecture, design, fashion, textiles, health, business, engineering and more.

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Students Display Projects at International Product Design Gala

Students Nina Gray, Stephanie Olive and Anastasia Cazmali, along with professor Les Sztandera, PhD, attended the Product Design Gala in Finland.

Students Nina Gray, Stephanie Olive and Anastasia Cazmali, along with professor Les Sztandera, PhD, attended the Product Design Gala in Finland.

Graduate students in the new product development course showcased their projects at Aalto University’s Product Design Gala in Finland last month. The annual program brings together transdisciplinary teams from around the world to tackle industry design challenges and develop state-of-the-art solutions.

MS in industrial design students Julia Anthony M’19, Eric Schreiber M’19 and Matthew Howdershell M’19 developed a drone, Sauron’s Eye, to improve worksite efficiency by tracking the location of materials and creating a crane schedule.

Innovation MBA students Stephanie Olive M’18, Nina Gray M’18 and Anastasia Cazmali ’16 M’18 created a new solution for storage at home. Their FoodGuard helps people to better understand how they use and dispose of food by tracking the expiration status.

Both University teams worked with engineering, design and business students from other institutions on their projects, providing a global perspective on solving issues. In addition to Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), the following schools participated in the program: Aalto University, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Pace University in New York, Polytechnic Institute of Porto in Portugal, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, University of Tartu in Estonia, University of São Paulo, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Warsaw University of Technology and ISDI Parsons Mumbai.

Les Sztandera, PhD, professor of computer information systems at Jefferson, teaches the new product development course and accompanied the students on the trip to Finland.

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Healthcare Quality and Safety, Practice Transformation and More to Be Featured at Population Health Academy

The Population Health Academy is a five-day course that provides a high-level overview of concepts in population health.

Jefferson’s five-day Population Health Academy will provide a high-level overview of concepts in population health.

Healthcare is currently undergoing a paradigm shift from a hospital-dominated, disease-driven economic model to one that rewards everyone in the system for helping the patients they serve become and remain healthy. In order for Jefferson to be successful in this emerging paradigm, we need leaders and healthcare professionals who understand population health.

From July 16-20, the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) will offer a continuing education program that provides an overview of basic concepts in population health. The Population Health Academy is designed for health system leaders and key administrators seeking a comprehensive introduction to the subject. Each day’s content builds on the previous sessions.

Through case studies and real-life workplace applications, participants in the Population Health Academy will review and analyze key areas of population health:

  • U.S. Healthcare Organization and Administration
  • Health Economics and Population Health
  • Overview of Population Health
  • Practice Transformation
  • Healthcare Quality and Safety
  • Data Analytics
  • Managing the Care Continuum

JCPH is offering a limited number of deeply discounted tickets to our Jefferson community. Jefferson employees will receive $1,000 off the regular price of $3,000. Register now to ensure your seat. Enter “Jefferson18” in the promotional discount box.

See the JCPH website link to learn more about this innovative program and share it with your colleagues. For more information, contact Melissa Horowitz, Senior Project Director, Jefferson College of Population Health.

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Jefferson Launches Jefferson Israel Center To Drive Innovation in Education, Health and Science: Jerusalem Post

The Jefferson Israel Center, formally launched June 5 in Jerusalem, will expand and create new partnerships with Israeli universities and institutions to drive innovation in education, health and science, The Jerusalem Post reported June 9.

“Israel’s value proposition is its thriving innovation ecosystem and compelling overlap with defined Jefferson strengths, among them life sciences, data sciences, medicine, digital health, population health intelligence, industrial design, smart textiles and architecture,” Mark Tykocinski, MD,  Jefferson provost, executive vice president of academic affairs and The Anthony F. and Gertrude M. DePalma Dean of Sidney Kimmel Medical College, told The Jerusalem Post.

 

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