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BioNetwork is the Life Science Training Initiative of the North Carolina Community College System.

At our Asheville location, the focus is on the food, beverage, and natural products industry. We host classes, offer laboratory rental space and testing services, and maintain a small test kitchen for recipe pilot testing and product development.

  • Training topics include food safety, HACCP, PCQI, Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) for dietary supplements and cosmetics, basic and analytical laboratory skills, natural products business development, professional continuing education courses, and customized industry training.
  • Equipped laboratory space is available for rent to those interested in product research and analytical testing.
  • Testing services for raw materials and finished products include microbiological media quality control, botanical constituent quantification, and analysis of craft beverages.
  • The Test Kitchen facility offers a rental space to batch test recipes and experiment with cutting-edge food production technology, including a spray dryer, freeze dryer, anti-griddle, sous vide system and more.
  • BioNetwork STEM outreach programs aim to support life science endeavors and awareness through community and educational partnerships and are geared toward K-12 students through adult learners. Current outreach offerings include hands-on science activities and professional development workshops at colleges across the state.

COVID-19 Update

See college response page. As a part of A-B Tech, the BioNetwork Natural Products Laboratory, Test Kitchen, and instructional support staff will follow the college’s guidelines in response to the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic. The laboratory is open for routine sample testing and for existing client lab rental appointments with additional safety protocols. Our instructors continue to develop and deliver workforce training remotely and with a few onsite options.

Please contact us directly with any questions. Thank you for understanding.