Special experience

SunderlandUniversity students experienced ‘hands-on’ medical manufacturing techniques during a visit to Specials Clinical Manufacturing’s £5m facility in Northumberland. The 18 students, enrolled on either the MSc Enterprise in Biotechnology or the BSc Biotechnology, used the visit to explore how medical products are manufactured and packaged.

The students also witnessed the inner workings of a sterile manufacturing environment, sterilising their hands and wearing protective clothing before entering the facility, a process that specials’ employees undertake every day.

The facility, which offers services such as a syringe, capsule and sachet filling, was aiming to provide an insight into a sector of the pharmaceutical industry that is often overlooked. During the visit students were shown the safeguards and management systems that ensure complicated orders can be processed safely and efficiently.

Specials general manager Peter Ball said: ‘We are always keen to work with local education providers to raise awareness of what is on offer in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly here in the North East.’