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TIPT meets evolving needs of pharmaceutical industry

By Linda White
Special to The Toronto Sun

At the Toronto Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology (TIPT), an innovative approach to training is designed to prepare the new generation of pharmaceutical technicians to overcome industry challenges.

"The uniqueness (of TIPT's approach) is realized through integration of hands-on practicals in a fully operational laboratory with scientific concepts learned in a modern classroom setting," says professor Alexander MacGregor, dean of pharmaceutical technology & research.
The Toronto Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology has been offering pharmaceutical skills certification to university and college graduates since 1992.

"Such styles are used to train doctors in teaching hospitals and (are) new to the pharmaceutical industry," MacGregor says.

TIPT has been training students for the growing pharmaceutical industry since 1992. It was established in response to the education and training needs of pharmaceutical industry professionals and the need for skills certification of technicians in the field.

A private vocational school licensed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities, TIPT is a North American leader in industrial pharmaceutical education and training.

A post-graduate and post-secondary diploma granting institution, TIPT offers pharmaceutical skills certification to university and college graduates who have completed its programs and fulfilled the standards of professional excellence.

TIPT offers the following programs:
  • Pharmaceutical quality assurance & quality control.
  • Pharmaceutical research & development.
  • Pharmaceutical production technology.
  • High performance liquid chromatography.

    Trainees gain valuable hands-on experience at TIPT's in-house Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) pilot plant and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Research & Quality Control laboratories.

    Classes foster a team-oriented approach to learning in interactive, small group settings. All practical sessions are held at TIPT's pilot manufacturing plant and state-of-the-art research and analytical laboratories.

    Because the ability to communicate and manage stressful situations is essential for effective project management and problem solving, TIPT programs develop such interpersonal skills as troubleshooting, stress management, brainstorming and teambuilding.

    TIPT graduates are prepared to work in a variety of capacities, including the following:
  • Formulation Technologist
  • Research Technician
  • Stability Chemist
  • Production Technician
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Process Development Technician
  • Validation Technician

    A TIPT education "is focused on practical implementation of theoretical concepts that addresses everyday challenges and problems confronted in industry," MacGregor says.

    Through corporate education and training, TIPT can help a company grow by facilitating certification, validation and regulatory compliance. It provides technical support in advanced formulation technology, and GMP, GLP and GCP (Good Clinical Practice) compliance.

    "TIPT has helped cultivate the necessary human resource pool required to meet the increased demands, as well as introduce programs tailored to the complexity and compliance required."

    (Linda White ( is a freelance writer based in Brooklin, Ont.)

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