790360 Products and processes in biotechnology (in Eng.)

Vorlesung und Seminar
Vortragende/r (Mitwirkende/r)
Marx, Hans , Mattanovich, Diethard
Angeboten im Semester
Wintersemester 2023/24
Unterrichts-/ Lehrsprachen


This course is held as lecture AND seminar, which means that the principles and background of some major biotechnological products, their production processes and major manufacturers are presented as lectures, and the students are encouraged to research and present information on another group of products. Such a seminar work will be a major part of the course evaluation.

The course is normally complemented by two half day excursions to manufacturing sites in/near Vienna. We hope that this will be possible this semester.

General content:
Main products of pharmaceutical and industrial biotechnology, principles of their production processes and main world wide producers.

Lecture part:
Lactic acid
Antibodies and antibody fragments

Seminar part:
Citric Acid
Succinic Acid
Amino Acids
Technical Enzymes

Inhaltliche Voraussetzungen (erwartete Kenntnisse)

This course is intended as a practical overview towards the end of the master curriculum.
While there are no formal requirements, we suggest to pass Bioprocess Engineering, Cell Factories and Up- and Downstream Processing before.


The participants have an overview about the main commercial products of industrial biotechnology - both of biopharmaceutical and non-pharma industry.
They know, which production hosts are used in industry. They understand the production processes and they recognize which are the main players on the current biotech market.
At the same time the participants understand how difficult it can be to find data about the industrial reality. They learn to analyse publicly available data and to deduct industrial reality.

PRELIMINARY MEETING - obligatory to attend

Wed 11.10.23 17:45 - 18:45 SR 04, MUG 3 (formerly know as SR12/MUG 3 -Muthgasse 11, ground floor)
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