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2BIO035 Bioprocess Technology

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes: 



The student

  • has thorough knowledge of the underlying principles of main bioprocess unit operations like fermentation, downstream processing
  • has thorough knowledge about genetic engineering for recombinant protein expression and production from various cell systems
  • has advanced knowledge about factorial experimental set up (Design of Experiments)



The student  

  • understands how lab scale methods transform into large scale, and how main unit operations in downstream processing (centrifugation, filtration, and chromatography) function
  • has advanced understanding of design of expression vector systems for protein production
  • can perform experimental procedures for recovery and purification of a protein and evaluate the outcome


General competence:

The student 

  • understands how and why bioprocessing is employed to increase value of the feed stream
  • has deeper knowledge of the main workflow and logic behind bioprocessing both in lab and industrial scale, and able to identify unit operations
  • can analyze how genetic engineering is used to harness cell systems for protein production

Course content

  • production of biologicals in the bioprocess/ biopharmaceutical industry
  • fermentation technology
  • microbial and mammalian cell cultures
  • genetic engineering; cloning methods, vector systems, recombinant protein production
  • protein isolation and separation methods; centrifugation, solubility, chromatography and membrane separations
  • process economy considerations
  • structured experimental approuch by Design of Experiments

Teaching and working methods

  • lectures ca. 20 hours
  • lab exercise - two days
  • in-class group activities

Coursework requirements

  • 100% attendance attendance at the preparatory lab lecture
  • 100% participation at laboratory exercise
  • a minimum of 80% attendance at scheduled lectures


  • individual lab report counts 60% of final grade
  • individual oral exam counts 40% of final grade

Both exams must be passed to receive a final grade

The exam will be evaluated by letter grade, A-F, where E is the lowest passing grade