Santa Fe College receives 11 new equipment


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — Santa Fe College has received 11 commercial-grade freezers from Trane Technologies.

City officials, staff and onlookers gathered at the Perry Center for a first look at the products.

The freezers are used for cell culture research and the manufacture of COVID-19 and go down to -80 degrees Celsius.

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Holly Paepar, president of Trane Technologies, said donating the freezers will help students gain hands-on experience before embarking on a career in bioprocessing.

“It’s really about learning how to store these fragile materials that have to be stored in these very cold temperatures,” Paepar said. “In preparation for the large-scale work they will do once they get into the biotech and pharma space.”

Santa Fe College President Paul Broadie said he is excited about the educational opportunities available to students.

“It’s just an exciting day,” Broadie said. “I am very grateful to Trane and Farrar Scientific for the generous donation which will impact all disciplines taught here at the Perry Center.”

This is the latest way Santa Fe College prepares students for the future.

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