UCL Biochemical Engineering has won a coveted prize at the prestigious IChemE Awards for Innovation and Excellence 2011. The Education and Training Award was awarded to them for the development of the Modular training for the Bioprocess Industries (MBI®) programme.
Initiated in 1994 by a pump-priming BBSRC grant, the programme offers a unique blend of expert lectures supported by detailed case studies, all run in the state-of-the-art facilities of the Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering. This combination of teaching in world class facilities by internationally recognised experts enables delegates to turn life science discoveries into new medicines, therapies or sustainable bioprocesses. To date over 1,200 modules have been delivered to more than 750 delegates from over 250 companies world-wide.
“MBI® is a true flagship activity which involves the whole department and creates significant benefits for our full time students at all levels, as well as providing crucial Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the industrial delegates. This award is testament to the total commitment made to the creation and constant development of the programme and to the clear impact that it has made in the sector. Coupled with the IChemE prize for Innovation & Excellence in Bioprocessing awarded to the BiCE programme in 2010, this underlines the importance UCL places in both understanding big industry questions, and addressing them in a fundamental and strategic fashion.“ – Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker, Head of UCL Biochemical Engineering
The MBI® modules are delivered by departmental staff as part of their normal teaching duties, and by a range of external experts who in particular provide industry case studies and perspectives. Undergraduates, MSc and PhD students and the large cohort of EngDs from the department’s IDTC all benefit from key training elements of the programme and very tangibly from the investments in infrastructure it has enabled. Most recently the MBI® programme has been supplemented by VISION, a programme focussed on the needs of senior executives in the life-science business sector. This is now providing a growing interface with MBI®, extending and joining up UCL Biochemical Engineering’s provision of development and training for industry professionals at all levels.
IChemE CEO David Brown said “Once again, we’ve been able to recognise some of the world’s best innovations. An event like this really does demonstrate the breadth of work taking place in the chemical and process engineering community.”
The ceremony was attended by more than 400 nominees, dignitaries and guests and was held at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham, UK.