The Center for Biopharmaceutical Research and Production performs market-driven research and develops biopharmaceuticals, including vaccines, to treat diseases. It was established in 2008 as a North Dakota Economic Development Center of Excellence to perform all aspects of biotechnology research and development, including basic science research, animal testing, human trials, product development, and manufacturing.
In addition to serving as a comprehensive biotech/vaccine cluster, CBRP seeks to attract new biotechnology companies to North Dakota, offer education and training programs to produce a highly skilled workforce to support the industry, and enhance economic development by attracting revenue to the State through grants, contracts, intellectual property patents, and private investment.
Housed at North Dakota State University, under the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences, CBRP seeks to build relationships with biotechnology companies to address drug development issues. The Center produces new or enhanced products leading to increased revenue, market share and profitability for Economic Development Center for Excellence partner companies. This, in turn, stimulates corporate growth, new jobs and economic development.
CBRP works with companies with the potential of locating their drug product manufacturing and research activities to North Dakota. It has also established research and programmatic relationships with North Dakota State University, the University of North Dakota, Minnesota State University Moorhead, North Dakota State College of Science, and Concordia College.
CBRP’s measures of success include developing product concepts and products, establishing research and business collaborations with national and international biotechnology companies, attracting biotechnology companies to the area as well as advancing biotechnology companies already in the area, and creating high-value biotechnology jobs.