BioPharm: How did you convince the university to fund a fermentation facility?
Stevens: I included the facility costs in
my negotiations for my startup funds
before coming to the university.
BioPharm: What was the cost of the fermentation facility?
Stevens: Although the cost of all the
major equipment was approximately
$250,000, a facility build-out will
depend on the extent to which the
facility is made user-friendly and the
needs of the individual investigator.
BioPharm: How long did it take to build the facility?
Stevens: The build-out of
the facility took about six
months from the time the
plans were finalized. A
total of about one year was
required for all of the planning,
building, and equipment
BioPharm: Can you modify the fermentor if your work requires it? Do you envision ever scaling up the volume youre producing? What would scale-up entail with the fermentor?
Stevens: One of the first
considerations I addressed
with NBS was the modularity
of the machine. The
design is such that we were able to
add options during manufacture and
after installation. Based on the scalability
of our processes from shakeflask