Boehringer Ingelheim and Innerspace Sign Deal to Increase Cleanroom Training Effectiveness with Virtual Reality Simulator

Innsbruck, Austria January 2024 – Boehringer Ingelheim, a leading research-driven biopharmaceutical company, and Innerspace, an austrian-based pioneer in virtual reality (VR) training, signed a deal to implement state-of-the-art cleanroom training.

Innerspace’s VR Cleanroom Simulator Training will be seamlessly integrated into Boehringer Ingelheim’s existing training program at their Biberach site, which is not only the largest research and development center for Boehringer Ingelheim worldwide but also one of the biggest hubs in Europe for biopharmaceutical active ingredient production using cell cultures. The integration aims to substantially elevate the training effectiveness and efficiency for cleanroom personnel.

The agreement includes the provision of two VR Simulator Stations and accompanying licenses as well as a Learning Management System (LMS), offering a comprehensive training package. This package features eight VR training modules, each comprising an introduction, practice, and exam segments. Trainees at Boehringer Ingelheim’s Biberach site will experience training in realistic virtual environments, encompassing a training room, cleanroom environments, and RABS/Isolator filling lines.

Key Benefits of the VR Training Simulator

  • Increased Training Impact:
    he VR Cleanroom Simulator combines multiple learning modes and immerses trainees in a realistic cleanroom environment, that allows them to practice standard and critical procedures to gain experience, confidence and routine. This makes the Simulator an effective training addition to existing training programs.
  • Increased Awareness and Understanding:
    The simulator makes the ”invisible visible”. It vividly demonstrates abstract concepts like airflow and germs, thereby directly showcasing the consequences of a trainee’s actions. This enables them to adapt their behavior in the future and thus avoid errors that could lead to contamination.
  • Objective Assessment with Instant Feedback:
    The VR technology is the only training tool that makes it possible to objectively measure work-related tasks and trainee performance while providing immediate feedback on behavior. This allows a precise conditioning of behaviors that are difficult to train, such as the correct movement speed or avoiding overreaching.
  • Regulatory Compliance with the updated Annex 1:
    The VR training fulfills the new requirements for training of the revised Annex 1 and allows for a comprehensive Contamination Control Strategy (CCS).

The interactive nature of the VR Cleanroom Simulator not only engages trainees but also ensures effective knowledge transfer, leading to enhanced skill retention and routine mastery which in turn reduces operator mistakes. The recently signed deal will help Boehringer Ingelheim to further increase training quality and innovation while complying with the updated Annex 1 regulation.

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