Information seminar on Testa Center: Sweden’s new national test-bed for producing biological products

Do you have a technology that could improve the future of biopharmaceutical manufacturing? Are you interested in producing biological products? If so, we warmly welcome you to an information seminar on the new Testa Center that’s just been inaugurated at GE Healthcare’s site in Uppsala. Project teams interested in utilizing the center’s facilities are already being recruited.
 
Date: Thursday 20th September 
Time: 16.30–18.00 (coffee and sandwiches will be served from 16:30, providing time for networking before the seminar that starts at 17.00)
Location: Innovation Hub Uppsala, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 38, Primus
 
 
Today, eight of today’s ten best-selling drugs are biologicals. Furthermore, the market for biopharmaceuticals is predicted to grow strongly, with close to 300 new biological drug candidates in clinical trials. However, producing biological drugs is complicated and very costly. The need for new production methods and technologies to drive large-scale efficiency is thus great.
 
A key ambition of the Swedish government is to make the country a global leader in the research, development and production of biopharmaceutical products. As part of this goal, the government (through VINNOVA) and GE Healthcare have jointly established Testa Center, a new, state-of-the-art test-bed where academic groups, business start-ups and larger companies work in an open environment to verify technical or biological innovations in an authentic bioprocessing facility.
 
Institutes of higher education are also invited to run training courses at Testa Center in order to assure future access to bioprocessing manufacturing skills in Sweden. 
 
TestaCenter Uppsala Photo: Testa Center

Testa Center in brief: 

  • Access to a unique equipment park – four parallel industrial labs (non-GMP) up to pilot-scale, primarily based on single-use technology
  • Access to bioprocessing expertise – dedicated GE staff available for support
  • Cost-effective – develop, test, verify and set production parameters before investing in own equipment or outsourcing production to another party
  • Full control over your IP and your data – GE claims no rights 
  • Facility for advanced courses / training in the production of biological products – open to all Swedish universities
  • Authentic test environment for new process and digitization technologies
  • Part of the Swedish innovation system – easy access to commercialization support
Testa Center, located at GE Healthcare’s site in Uppsala, is operated as a non-profit company within GE Healthcare. During a start-up period, verification funding from Swelife will be offered to academic groups and SMEs.
 
If you are interested in learning more about what the center offers, as well as how to apply, you should attend this information seminar. We will also be available afterwards to discuss project proposals.
 

Participants: 

Jesper Hedberg TestaC   Kristin Hellman_portrait
Jesper Hedberg, Director, Testa Center and Kristin Hellman, Uppsala BIO
 
 
Date: Thursday 20th September 
Time: 16.30–18.00 (coffee and sandwiches will be served from 16:30, providing time for networking before the seminar that starts at 17.00)
Location: Innovation Hub Uppsala, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 38, Primus
 
 

Kristin Hellman. M.Sc., Business Development. “I focus on facilitating interaction between large companies and small start-ups and academic projects in order to accelerate the development of promising new products and technologies.”

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