Study programme 2020-2021Français
Introduction to Industrial Biotechnology
Programme component of Master's in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology à la Faculty of Science

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CodeTypeHead of UE Department’s
contact details
US-M1-SCBBMC-012-MOptional UEHANTSON Anne-LiseF505 - Génie des Procédés chimiques et biochimiques
  • HANTSON Anne-Lise

of instruction
of assessment
HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) CreditsWeighting Term
  • Français
Français12000322.002nd term

AA CodeTeaching Activity (AA) HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) Term Weighting
I-GPRO-023Fundamentals of Industrial Biotechnology120003Q2100.00%
Programme component

Objectives of Programme's Learning Outcomes

  • Conduct extensive research and development projects related to biological sciences, in biochemistry and in molecular and cell biology.
    • Apply, mobilise, articulate and promote the knowledge and skills acquired in order to help lead and complete a project.
    • Show initiative and be able to work independently and in teams.
  • Master communication techniques.
    • Communicate, both orally and in writing, their findings, original proposals, knowledge and underlying principles, in a clear, structured and justified manner.
    • Adapt their communication to a variety of audiences.
    • Master the techniques of written and oral scientific communication in both French and English.
  • Develop and integrate a high degree of autonomy.
    • Aquire new knowledge independently.
    • Pursue further training and develop new skills independently.
  • Apply scientific methodology.
    • Critically reflect on the impact of their discipline in general, and on the contribution to projects.

Learning Outcomes of UE

The course on industrial biotechnology introduction enables students to acquire the following knowledge:
- Represent enzymatic and microbial reactions through appropriate kinetic laws;
- Understand and use the basics of engineering biological processes
- Understand the complexity of extrapolating a process from a laboratory to a driver and then to an industry;
- Understand online monitoring and regulation problems
- Choose a method of separation / purification based on the constraints

Content of UE

This course is divided into parts.
The first part is dedicated to the fundamentals of biochemistry, microbiology, metabolism and enzymology.
Some legal and normative concepts are taught (contained use, security level laboratories).
The biocatalysis and bioreactor aspects are then discussed by the characterisation of the mechanisms (enzymatic and microbial biocatalysis), and engineering microbial bioreactors (flows, continuous reactors, batch, fed-batch, airlift, the balance sheets of materials, heat exchanges). Associated with these descriptions, scale up problems and monitoring of processes are presented. Some examples of models such as metabolic fluxes, structured models, macroscopic models are detailed.
The purification aspects (membranes, chromatography, precipitation, etc.) are then discussed in the light of the final use of bioproduct. Some examples of major industrial bioprocesses are described (antibodies, vaccines, bioethanol, biogas, treatment of urban waters).

Prior Experience

Organic Chemistry basic concepts (structure, function, spatial representations), cellular metabolism and cellular physiology and basic laboratory techniques (analytical and organic chemistry) are required to follow this course unit.

Type of Assessment for UE in Q2

  • Presentation and/or works
  • Oral Examination

Q2 UE Assessment Comments

Scientific paper analysis, extended summary, presentation and discussion

Type of Assessment for UE in Q3

  • Presentation and/or works
  • Oral examination

Q3 UE Assessment Comments

Scientific paper analysis, extended summary, presentation and discussion

Type of Teaching Activity/Activities

AAType of Teaching Activity/Activities
  • Cours magistraux
  • Conférences
  • Excursions, visites

Mode of delivery

AAMode of delivery
  • Mixed

Required Reading


Required Learning Resources/Tools

AARequired Learning Resources/Tools
I-GPRO-023Not applicable

Recommended Reading


Recommended Learning Resources/Tools

AARecommended Learning Resources/Tools
I-GPRO-023Not applicable

Other Recommended Reading

AAOther Recommended Reading
I-GPRO-023S. Weinman, P. Méhul - 2004 - Toute la Biochimie - Paris - Dunod. J. E. Bailey, and D. F. Olis - 1986 - Biochemical Engineering Fundamentals - New York - Mc Graw-Hill, Inc.. A.L. Lehninger - 1998 - Principes de Biochimie - Paris - Flammarion Médecine-Sciences. W. Soetaert, E.J. Vandamme, 2010 - INdustrial Biotechnology - Wiley-VCH Verlag, Weinheim.

Grade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next

AAGrade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next
(*) HT : Hours of theory - HTPE : Hours of in-class exercices - HTPS : hours of practical work - HD : HMiscellaneous time - HR : Hours of remedial classes. - Per. (Period), Y=Year, Q1=1st term et Q2=2nd term
Date de génération : 09/07/2021
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