FHM-31806 Biotechnology 2


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper2
Group work21
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. S Isken
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. MW Reij
dr. ir. S Isken
ir. JH Postema
prof. dr. MHM Eppink
dr. MJ Barbosa
Examiner(s)dr. ir. S Isken
prof. dr. ir. MH Zwietering

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

BPE-20806 Separation Process Design; MIB-20306 Microbial Physiology; BIC-20306 Cell Physiology and Genetics.

Continuation courses:

BSc thesis biotechnology.


Several steps are necessary to develop a new biotechnological application. Various aspects have to be taken into consideration: research and development, production methods, safety aspects, sales, distribution and administration. Thus, not only technical aspects determine whether the introduction of a new biotechnological process will become a success. In addition to the technical aspects patents, GMP, ISO, safety, marketing and law have to be considered. Using established production processes, this course shows how technical and economic factors interact during the introduction of a new product or process. The first part of the course focuses on known process developments. During the second part, students have to develop a new hygienic process (step) or product.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- name and describe important technical and economic factors during the introduction of a new biotechnological process;
- judge whether a process or product has the potential to become patented;
- judge whether a process step or chosen micro-organism will be safe;
- predict arguments based on marketing reasons;
- predict arguments based on laws and national or international standards;
- evaluate the hygienic design of a current biotechnological process;
- write a short report on biotechnological research or design;
- reflect on social or ethical issues related to a biotechnological process or product.


The course consist of four parts:
- report writing (about known processes) 20%;
- lectures (about patents, GMP, laws, safety aspects, hygienic design, estimating costs, new technologies) 30%;
- project developing a new hygienic (step of a) process 40%;
- reflection on portfolio 10%.


- written exam (45%);
- project (35%);
- report (20%) (all parts must be passed with at least 5.5) and successful completion of portfolio with reflection interview.


Will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Verplicht voor: BBTBiotechnologyBSc5MO