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Biosafety and Biosecurity Training Course

23 Mar 2018 10:24 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

Please see the course announcement below.

You may be familiar with the Biosafety and Biosecurity Training Course, which was held in Fort Collins, CO, from 2004 – 2017. We had over 700 individuals from around the world attend the BBTC during that time. We have transitioned the on-site BBTC to a web based course, BBTC-Global. 2017 was the last year for the on-site BBTC in Fort Collins.

Please review the following information regarding the BBTC-Global. Note: Deadline for registration is May 15, 2018.


The BBTC-Global is a remote-based course presented through an interactive Learning Management System.  The course is chaired by Dr. Robert P. Ellis, and is facilitated by Mr. Sean Kaufman.


Topics include the most current information for the following:

General Session:

June-July, 20 hours presented in 10 modules (4 hours per week) – will be general Biosafety and Biosecurity.
Topics to be covered include rDNA/Synthetic NA (recombinant DNA) Guidelines; Risk assessment; Entity specific inspection and audit preparations and responses; Entity Specific Audit Program; Select Agent regulations and changes, administration, and inspection preparations; Design and management of insectaries; HEPA filters and biosafety cabinet certification; BSL–2 and BSL–3 Building Design and Operations; Synthetic Biology, Dual Use Research of Concern Guidelines/Oversight; Clinical and Public Health Lab Biosafety; and Ethics and Culture of Biosafety.


Animal Session:

July, 14 hours presented in 7 modules (4 hours per week); will be animal oriented.
Topics to be covered include large animal ABSL–2 and –3 facilities design, containment and management; Laboratory animal ABSL–2 and –3 facilities design, containment and management; Veterinary hospital, clinic, and farm and ranch Biosecurity [infection control]; Prion disease research Biosafety;
ABSL-3 research with multiple agents/multiple species; Field Investigations; and Select Agent inspection preparations.


Plant Session:

August, 14 hours presented in 7 modules (4 hours per week); will be plant oriented.
Topics to be covered include Greenhouse design and management; Regulations and permit procedures; Containment of recombinant plants; Infectious disease research with plants; Biopharmaceuticals; Plant disease diagnostic lab network; Diseases of crops; and Select Agent inspection preparations.


Participants include individuals from universities, private industry, and government. Disciplines represented include biosafety, laboratory designers, laboratory management, program managers, veterinarians, vivarium management, maintenance and engineering, and facility operations.


A detailed schedule/program and faculty biographies are posted on our web site. Please continue to check the web site for updates: www.bbtcfortcollins.com


2018 Registration and Payment Information : Deadline to register for sessions is May 15, 2018

* General, Animal, and Plant Sessions, (Complete Course) June-July-August 2018: $2100

* General and Animal Sessions: $1600

* General and Plant Sessions: $1600

* General Only Session: $1000

* Animal Only Session: $700

* Plant Only Session: $700


Registration fee includes all course material and a course completion certificate.


NOTICE: The 2018 BBTC-Global Program will have the (ABSA) American Biological Safety Association Certification Maintenance Points (CM Pts) for biosafety professionals.


Registration information and detailed schedule/program are available at our web site:




The Course is chaired by Dr. Robert P. Ellis, PhD, CBSP.  For more information please contact Robert Ellis robert.ellis@colostate.edu or 970-491-8268


Contact the Course facilitator, Mr. Sean Kaufman, MPH, at sean@seankaufman.com or 404-849-3966

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