Bio-Link and its collaborator, Pellet Productions (the creators of ATETV.org), are proud to announce the release of our new educational interactive production: Making the Call: Quality in Biomanufacturing. The purpose of this “choose your own adventure” video is to prepare students to work in a regulated biomanufacturing environment. With YouTube technology, students can experience virtually the issues faced by biomanufacturing employees, immersing them in a world where quality is paramount. Students will be asked to make decisions and different outcomes, some good, some not, will unfold depending on their choices. The production can now be experienced at www.FranklinBiologics.org.
This interactive production interweaves technical content with story and human interest to capture students’ attention and help them sense and feel the culture of the regulated workplace. While this production takes advantage of the power of story, it is also realistic. The Pellet script writer, David Levin, relied on industry experts throughout the two years that he spent researching and writing the script to ensure that the scenarios presented to students are accurate and relevant. The production was filmed at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center which graciously provided not only an excellent venue but also the assistance of technical experts Dan Mardirosian, Kristen Piccard, and Chris Bellerive who were on set as advisors and coaches to the actors.
The National Science Foundation supported this production. The Pellet team, led by executive producer Anthony Manupelli, included director Bob Roche; camera operators Gilberto Nobrega and Jason York; writer and science editor, David Levin; sound Keith McManus; lighting experts, John Minard and Ricky Hamilton; a script supervisor Brenda Coffey; and Judi Kelemen, production assistant. Bio-Link educators who were closely involved in the production include: Jeanette Mowery, Vivian Ngan-Winward, and Lisa Seidman.
Stay tuned to the Bio-Link website as additional ancillary materials are released to support the video production. When everything is complete, Bio-Link will host an exciting teaching resource that is different from, and complements, other quality-related instructional materials.