Thomas Jefferson hires director to lead new bioprocessing institute in Lower Gwynedd

Spring House Innovation Park is the former 133-acre Rohm and Haas Co. campus in Lower Gwynedd. (Photo courtesy of Spring House Innovation).

The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing, a new institute located in Lower Gwynedd and created to provide education and training in a rapidly growing field of biopharmaceutical processing, will be directed by Parvix Sharmlou.

Shamlou, a professor of bioprocessing and director of the Amgen Center for Bioprocessing at Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, Calif., will serve as executive director for Jefferson’s bioprocessing center set to open in the spring of 2019, writes John George in the Philadelphia Business Journal.


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Parviz Shamlou’s impressive academic and industry experiences make him the perfect choice as inaugural executive director,” said Ronald Kander, dean of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce and associate provost for applied research at Jefferson. “His technical knowledge of bioprocessing and dynamic leadership abilities will help us accomplish our vision for the Institute to provide unique education, training and workforce development opportunities for our students, the biopharmaceutical industry and the region.

The institute is being created through the renovation of an existing building at the Spring House Innovation Park in Lower Gwynedd, Pa. The site was previously a Rohm and Haas Co. campus. Jefferson has not disclosed the cost of the renovation project.

When fully operational, the institute expects to serve 2,500 people annually and feature programs for pharmaceutical professionals, workforce training through community college partnerships and bioprocessing certifications through regional university partnerships. The Institute will also allow for the enrollment of 70 additional Jefferson students in bioprocessing engineering at the undergraduate through doctorate levels.

Shamlou will join Jefferson next month.

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