TU Dublin and Skillnet to run course in pharma manufacturing through VRBlathnaid O’Deaon April 11, 2022 at 09:31 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic


TU Dublin is to provide a new course in pharmaceutical virtual reality training in collaboration with Skillnet Ireland’s BioPharmaChem (BPC) division.

The course enables learners to get to grips with powder handling, a critical skill in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. The virtual reality programme allows course participants to learn the essentials in a low risk environment.

The course was developed by Government business support agency Skillnet Ireland and TU Dublin’s Dr Brian Vaughan. Vaughan is founder and director of the technological university’s Virtual Interaction Research Lab, called VIRal.

The Powder Handling for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing course follows a previous course developed last March by Vaughan and BPC Skillnet, Aseptic Techniques for Biomanufacturing.

The newest programme has been specifically developed for the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector, and contains high levels of virtual reality engagement.

The customised virtual reality platform has the potential to significantly reduce training costs for a pharma operation as staff can virtually perform activities such as the health and safety aspects of powder handling, charging operations, drumming and bagging operations and formulation activities in a simulated pharma environment.

According to Vaughan, “Virtual Reality is a powerful tool for providing engaging and immersive training experiences in the pharmaceutical industry.”

He added that the course was specifically designed for learners to get “the maximum impact” of the technology.

Paul Healy, chief executive at Skillnet Ireland, said that “Virtual reality is showing remarkable results for the industry in terms of operational excellence and efficiencies… As this programme demonstrates, working with Skillnet business networks offers huge promise for higher education in Ireland, by bringing a readymade gateway into the industry and to working directly with companies.”

The new course will be available from the end of this month. More information can be found on the course website.

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