Northeastern’s Biopharmaceutical Analysis Training Laboratory, or BATL, trains scientists and drug regulators worldwide in the best practices for producing biopharmaceuticals. With a grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Northeastern built a new, expanded BATL at its Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, doubling space for testing the drugs and for teaching manufacturing standards.
To support BATL’s goals, the lab’s director, Jared Auclair, who also directs Northeastern’s biotechnology and bioinformatics programs, has partnered with Agilent, a global leader in life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets. In exchange for Agilent’s latest instrumentation, automated liquid handlers, reagents, and cloud-based technologies, Auclair and his team are helping the company refine its products and processes. And thanks to mixed reality, BATL’s instructors can now digitally transmit to a student anywhere a view of the techniques and equipment they are demonstrating in the lab.