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MC3 + CellPort: Biotechnology Degree Program Gets an Upgrade

Montgomery County Community College Students Now Have Access to State-of-the-Art Lab Software

Blue Bell, PA- <September 9, 2022> – Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) announced that beginning this semester, all students and teachers within their Biotechnology degree program have full access to CellPort Software, a leading provider of laboratory management software specially designed for working with cells. 

Dr. James Bretz, Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at MCCC, noted, “By giving our students access to industry-leading tools like CellPort, we are preparing them to meet the broader needs of the rapidly changing research industry. This type of unique experience offers greater value to students, enabling them to add highly sought-after skills and practical experiences with state-of-the-art tools to their resumes.”

The MCCC Biotechnology program prepares students for competitive careers in research and bioprocessing, through a combination of practical knowledge and hands-on laboratory experience. Graduates of MCCC often enter the biotechnology industry through positions as Research Assistants, Research Technicians, Bioprocess Associates, and Lab Automation Scientists.

Dr.  Margaret Bryans, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Biotechnology at MCCC, added, “Technology is transforming the biotechnology industry. It’s critical for our students to gain exposure to current tools and practices that are accelerating research and changing how teams operate. These skill sets are differentiators in the competitive biotechnology, biomanufacturing, biomedical research, and pharmaceutical job markets.”

With CellPort as a new component of the MCCC curriculum (for both the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree in Biotechnology and a Certificate of Completion in Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing), every enrolled student receives tool-specific training as they explore cell culture, cell banking, and cell passaging, as well as basic laboratory management processes, like equipment calibration and inventory tracking.

Patrick Dentinger, CEO of CellPort Software, commented, “We are excited to see researchers of the future using our software, and we’re delighted to help MCCC prepare students for careers in the biotechnology industry. As cell and gene therapy continues to be a hotbed of innovation, resulting in life-changing alternative therapy medicinal products, students must stay ahead of the digital transformation that’s leading state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing operations.”

About CellPort

Lab-tested since 2014, CellPort is the all-in-one lab management platform that brings digital capabilities, like automated workflows, protocol builders, e-batch records, central communications, and more, to cell-based life sciences. Based in Philadelphia.

For more information, and to learn about CellPort’s leadership team, please visit

About Montgomery County Community College 

For more than 57 years, Montgomery County Community College has grown with the community to meet the evolving educational needs of Montgomery County. The College’s comprehensive curriculum includes more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs and customized workforce training and certifications. Students enjoy the flexibility of learning at the College’s thriving campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown, at the Culinary Arts Institute in Lansdale, and online.

As an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction, the institution is positioned at the vanguard of national efforts to remove barriers to access, improve learning outcomes, and increase completion for all students. The College also is recognized regionally and nationally for its sustainability leadership, work with military veterans, community service and service-learning opportunities, and use of classroom technology. For six years, MCCC has been named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges in the nation by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development for its commitment to diversity through inclusive learning and work environments, student and staff recruitment and retention practices, and meaningful community service and engagement opportunities. For more information, visit