The Amgen Bioprocessing Center (ABC) is the scientific and engineering infrastructure that KGI established in 2004 with a generous donation from the Amgen Foundation to bring together resources, people, and infrastructure with the sole purpose of educating scientists and engineers to manage complex biological process scale-up. Today, our reputation as a world-class teaching and training center extends across and beyond the U.S.

The ABC serves the community and biopharmaceutical industries by offering a full spectrum of training programs, which is designed for high-potential individuals to bridge the gap between traditional undergraduate programs in life sciences and engineering and the skills required for a successful career in biopharmaceutical and biomanufacturing industries. Students will gain these skills via interactions with industry experts, practical hands-on laboratory courses, professional trainings, internships, individual and team projects, independent and industry-led research projects, and traditional seminars and lectures.

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Student Education

Our goal is to educate the students with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in the biopharmaceutical industry. Our programs provide the opportunity for an individual to develop real life skills that most people do not have access to. Here are some of the different pathways and programs that we offer for KGI students to enter.

  • The MEng program is an intensive two-year curriculum housed within the Amgen Bioprocessing Center. The program is designed for high-potential individuals to bridge the gap between traditional undergraduate programs in life sciences and engineering and the skills required for a successful career in biopharmaceutical industries. Learn more.

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  • Students in the Bioprocessing concentration of the MBS program will obtain a thorough understanding of industrial processes from early-stage development through large-scale manufacture. Career options for graduates in this field include bioprocess engineering, process development, manufacturing operations, quality assurance/compliance, regulatory affairs, environmental remediation, food technology, development and manufacture of gene therapy vectors and vaccines, development and production of renewable biofuels, and new enterprise development. Learn more.

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  • The CAST PhD platform in Bioprocessing at KGI is based on a radically different business model. Instead of focusing on university inventions, academic researchers at KGI’s Amgen Bioprocessing Center focus on industry inventions and new technologies by seeking industry partners who have specific challenges commercializing their discoveries and technologies. KGI’s streamlined and IP-friendly process facilitates rapid and very effective project management to allow academics to focus on addressing technical challenges associated with commercializing industry inventions.

    The CAST PhD program is designed to fill the gap between conventional academic research and industry research by providing each successful candidate with an unparalleled opportunity of “real-life” research experience and transferable skills that are essential for a successful career. Each student is supervised jointly by at least two supervisors: a KGI faculty member and an industry liaison. The technical contents and scope of each project are worked out carefully and patiently over several months to ensure that students receive in-depth intellectual and authentic experiences in research, while simultaneously working on questions with answers that matter to the company partner and the community.

  • The BSUITE program provides an opportunity for participants to obtain valuable laboratory experience through team projects based on bioprocessing for the production of monoclonal antibodies and enzymes, vaccines as well as cell and gene therapy. The program is designed for undergraduate juniors or graduates with majors in biology, chemistry, biotechnology, bioengineering, chemical engineering, or related disciplines who are looking to build a strong foundation for a future career in the manufacturing of biologic products. Learn more.

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The time and energy devoted to these programs have yielded to some of the most successful alumni around the country. Click on the map to view more.

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"Within two years, our students transform completely, to professionals who can design and run bioreactors and launch biopharmaceutical products. The transformation is amazing."
Sue Behrens
George B. and Joy Rathmann Professor in Bioprocessing and Director, Amgen Bioprocessing Center

Research

Our state-of-the-art facilities are designed to have world applications for the students and researchers.

The extensive ABC laboratories have the capabilities for:

  • 3000ft2 whole bioprocess facility
  • Upstream and Downstream Unit Operations
  • Mammalian cell culture
  • Shake flask to scalable bioreactors
  • Microbial fermentation
  • Shake flask to scalable bioreactors
  • Primary recovery
  • Lab scale centrifuge, depth, and tangential flow filters
  • Bioseparation
  • Chromatography, precipitation, and crystallization
  • Formulation
  • Buffer exchange, processing of high viscosity formulations
  • Bulk API Presentation
  • Freeze-thaw operations
  • Stem cells
  • Capability Lab-scale bioreactors design and scale up of stem cells
  • Process and Product Characterization
  • Analytical, First Principles, DOEs, QBDs

Industry Collaboration

The work of the ABC is highly industry focused and guided by a distinguished team of Amgen Bioprocessing Center Advisory Board (ABCAB) members. Over 90% of the ABC’s research is collaborative with industry, providing a superb and unmatched platform for our students to interact with and learn from industry leaders.

Industry Partners


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ABC Faculty and Staff

Rajesh Parti, PhD

Professor of Practice
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Sue Behrens, PhD

George B. and Joy Rathmann Professor in Bioprocessing and Director, Amgen Bioprocessing Center
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Hu Zhang, PhD

Professor in Bioprocessing
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Saurav Datta

Assistant Professor, Amgen Bioprocessing Center
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Aster Escalante

Lecturer, Bioprocessing
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Leah LaRosa

Bioprocessing Operations Manager and Executive Assistant
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Nathalie Tabunar

Laboratory Manager and Instructor
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If you would like to be a part of the Amgen Bioprocessing Center’s programs and events, or would like to learn more, please contact Leah LaRosa at Leah_LaRosa@kgi.edu.