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About the Course

Fossil fuels have been the primary energy source for society since the Industrial Revolution. They provide the raw material for the manufacture of many everyday products that we take for granted, including pharmaceuticals, food and drink, materials, plastics and personal care. As the 21st century progresses we need solutions for the manufacture of chemicals that are smarter, more predictable and more sustainable. Industrial biotechnology is changing how we manufacture chemicals and materials, as well as providing us with a source of renewable energy. It is at the core of sustainable manufacturing processes and an attractive alternative to traditional manufacturing technologies to commercially advance and transform priority industrial sectors yielding more and more viable solutions for our environment in the form of new chemicals, new materials and bioenergy. This course will cover the key enabling technologies that underpin biotechnology research including enzyme discovery and engineering, systems and synthetic biology and biochemical and process engineering. Much of this material will be delivered through lectures to ensure that you have a solid foundation in these key areas. We will also consider the wider issues involved in sustainable manufacturing including responsible research innovation and bioethics. In the second part of the course we will look at how these technologies translate into real world applications which benefit society and impact our everyday lives. This will include input from our industry stakeholders and collaborators working in the pharmaceutical, chemicals and biofuels industries. By the end of this course you will be able to: 1. Understand enzymatic function and catalysis. 2. Explain the technologies and methodologies underpinning systems and synthetic biology. 3. Explain the diversity of synthetic biology application and discuss the different ethical and regulatory/governance challenges involved in this research. 4. Understand the principles and role of bioprocessing and biochemical engineering in industrial biotechnology. 5. Have an informed discussion of the key enabling technologies underpinning research in industrial biotechnology 6. Give examples of industrial biotechnology products and processes and their application in healthcare, agriculture, fine chemicals, energy and the environment....

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Mar 5, 2021

Great course. Im a chemical engineering, applying for master's in Chemical Biotechnology. This course really helped in understanding the basics of this amazing field. Thanks guys. Humans are awesome.


Apr 28, 2020

Very informative and very well organised course and it really helped me provide a good insight into the world of Biotechnology, the applications in the health sector and its potential in the future.

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By Patricia M N

Jul 15, 2020

Thanks to all professors of the Industrial Biotechnology course. The course syllabus was very well designed with every topic being taught in depth; which allowed me to learn a lot and enjoy each topic. My only complaint is that given the advanced level of the course there was not certificate available. I would like that in the future the University of Manchester offers in Coursera a specialization degree in Industrial Biotechnology and later a master and doctorate degree in the same field.

Besides, I would like that, given the depth experience of University of Manchester in this field, also offer courses in Molecular Tools for microorganism identification in soils and water and Microbial inoculant formulation for environmental and agriculture uses.

Thanks again for this wonderful course,

Patricia Martinez

Best Regards,

Patricia Martinez

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By Leidy J G G

Aug 15, 2020

It really was a course that contributed a lot to me, I am a student of engineering in agro-industrial processes and complement my knowledge about: -The enzymes, how they work, how they are manufactured, their classification etc. -Synthetic biology which is an evolving field, designing a genome,production of useful molecules, the central dogma, directed metabolomics -Biochemical and bioprocess engineering, the subject of material balance was really captivating for me, I managed to understand the subject with the everyday examples it describes. I could go on to describe all the knowledge that this course offers, but in reality I can only recommend this course. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

By Ethan H Q A

Jul 25, 2020

I think that this course actually requires moderately strong understanding of Organic Chemistry to understand certain sections, such as the fourth module on pharmaceutical processes. The case studies used in that module could certainly be simplified and conveyed more effectively to students lacking the Organic Chemistry foundation and better labeling of diagrams would allow us to keep track of the numerous chemical processes. Overall, it provides a tremendously reliable projection of the future of biotechnology applications and how students like myself could apply basic science concepts to productive and life-changing research.

By Thakshila W

Dec 6, 2021

I'm Thakshila and I'm specializing in biotechnology from a state university of Sri Lanka. Actually this course motivated me to think differently in biotechnology field. Because this course taught to think out of the box. Also, I'm really happy as I could get 100 marks for 5 assignments from all 6 assignments in this course with the final grade of 98.54% for the whole course. I really really really recommend this course for students those who are passionate in this field. And also the lecturers of this course are doing it very well and their teaching style is really attractive. Thank you

By Manish K

Apr 30, 2020

This is one of the best courses available on Coursera for the Biotech enthusiasts. Each module/chapter is designed in a way that covers a lot of important topics. The lectures are recorded by highly experienced industry experts cum professors. I have learned a great deal out of it. If given a chance (many variables) I would personally like to attend a masters or doctoral program in this university.

I am a bit disappointed by the fact that the course doesn't offer a certificate. But I would still give it a 5 star for the excellent course structure and contents.

By Arinze E

Feb 28, 2023

Thank You to the University of Manchester for organizing this comprehensive course on Industrial Biotechnology.

It has been a great pleasure learning how science is able to exploit our knowledge and understanding of Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology for the benefit of humanity. I have been humbled at the incredible innovations on display in this course, most importantly, I have been inspired to keep learning in preparation for when I get the opportunity to utility my new found skills, knowledge and understanding.

Thank You

By Daniela A

Dec 12, 2020

This course was very enjoyable from start to end! I decided to take this course to gain more insights about the area after having a brief introduction in college, and I was not disappointed! The modules are very well-structured and synthesized, giving a very good perspective of what is already known in the field and what can be the future expectations and aspirations. The professionals do a very good job at communicating the subjects in question and provide a strong basis of understanding. Fantastic.

By Shirley H

Aug 21, 2020

The overall course content was highly informative and gave me a wider range of knowledge but in certain videos i felt that it must be updated to recent content as in some places it was mentioned about the information that was available in 2013 but its 2020 now with so much things that have been developed so an updation would be helpful.. The course has motivated me to further pursue in this domain of biotechnology. I sincerely thank every faculties who made this course very informative.

By Sylvana P

Jul 22, 2022

Este curso me permitió afianzar y profundizar más en los temas relacionados a la biotecnología industrial, los docentes escogidos para preparar las charlas pertenecian a grupos de investigación importantes lo cual hacia que tuvieran un dominio excepcional en los temas.

Con este curso me apasioné más por esta área de la ciencia y la posibilidad de hacer de este planeta un lugar mejor aplicando todo el desarrollo cientifico disponible en el momento

By Nicholas M

Jul 16, 2022

This is the first time i join a course but this course gives me many insight especially in biotechnology industry which wasn't taught in class. This course focuses on "industrial" concept of biotechnology. Thank you for Manchester University professional lecturer for giving me knowledge about how the process of biotechnology from beginning to the end and problems that were founded based on field experience not only theory.

By Magleeta P

Feb 22, 2022

The Industrial Biotechnology MOOC has been very intriguing with excellent delivery of various modules by the Research academicians at the University of Manchester. This course has in many ways added to my present knowlegde and encouraged me to read up more on th topics discussed. It's a must have certificate course for anyone aspiring an educational future in Biotechnology and I highly recommend it from my own experience.

By Miguel A D G

Feb 8, 2022

Es muy importante a la hora de proyectar el uso de nuevas tecnologias la implementacion de la biotecnologia en el reducir la contaminacion industrial y producir similares o mejores resulatdos, pero para eso tenemos que dar nuestro apoyo e ingenio para alcanzar las condiciones y requerimientos necesarios para la prosperidad de la biotecnologia en la industria y la mejora de la situación social y ambiental

By Dapboklang R

Jan 14, 2022

The course was taught by professionals in their fields and in a brief an simple way starting with the basics in every lecture and summarizing the particular topic at the end of every lecture which was very helpful for me to retain the knowledge shared by the teachers of this course. The quizzes are conceptual which really tests my understanding on the topics taught. All in all, it was a good experience!

By Santiago

Dec 31, 2020

Great course! Covers diverse topics of biotechnology and biotechnological applications, some of which I had no idea of their existence. Also has case studies that complement the theoretical classes and let one perceive how a real application of biotechnology really looks like, with some very important takeaway messages about what biotechnology can really make in an industrial setting.

By Hashmat S B

Feb 11, 2022

I was initially worried that with my limited knowledge of biology, I would struggle even though the content upon first look interested me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through extra material and widening my knowledge on biotech after learning the core concepts of the subject. Really well structured and delivered. Thanks a ton to all the contributors and the University of Manchester.

By Niki P

Nov 24, 2020

This course provides very useful information about different aspects of Industrial Biotechnology and helped me educate myself on something I really enjoy. The expanations were on point and very essential, the presentations were also very well structured and easy to comprehend!! I definitely recommend this course to anyone who is interested in Industrial Biotechnology.

By Jose A - Z P

Feb 6, 2023

Los profesionales de la Universidad de Manchester comparten en este curso información de muy alto valor en el ámbito de la industria biotecnológica; merece la pena por completo ya que además de enseñar el aspecto teóricos de los diferentes temas que tratan, también muestran muchos ejemplos de los diferentes bioprocesos, medicamentos... Muy recomendado!!

By Antonio J

Feb 18, 2021

Se trata de un curso muy interesante e instructivo enfocado a comprender algo más el rol que tiene la biotecnología a nivel industrial, papel que no se trata tanto en la universidad donde se da mayor importancia a la investigación. En conclusión gran curso que sirve como complemento o como iniciación a a la biotecnología.

By Ilya G

Jun 15, 2020

Good introduction in to the area. Gives even a non-specialist a good understanding of the current state, trends and developments in the field and related areas, as well as provides numerous sources for further reading. I enjoyed taking it, and hope that investing in this course will later pay off by advancing my career.

By Aman P

Dec 10, 2020

This is a very much informative and interesting course. I can’t express my feelings that How much I am excited to complete this fantastic course. A very much standing ovation to the course makers and professors. Thanking you all for the fantastic course which helps in boosting my knowledge in the area of Biotechnology.

By Bhaskar J N

Sep 4, 2020

An excellent introductory course for researchers of Industrial biotechnology. Every aspects of of advancements of industrial applications of biological systems were covered and well explained by experts of respective fields. I highly recommend this course for fellow researchers focused in bio-industrial sector.

By M. S

Aug 1, 2020

This was a very informative and insightful course about the numerous applications of Biotechnology in the industry, and also about the growing futuristic trends in the fields of biopharmaceuticals, bioenergy and biomaterials.

I sincerely thank the course instructors for putting up this wonderful course.

By Farah G

Dec 15, 2017

Even as a graduate student in MSC biotechnology, i found this course immensely helpful in not only acting as a refresher for all the basic stuff ,but also a good update on the new things going on in parts that are not in my immediate interest. Thanks to the awesome Manchester team for an amazing Mooc!

By eldina m

Mar 10, 2022

This course provides a lot of information from base knowledge about enzyme dan it principle untill how enzym impact in large production scale such as pharmaceutical, etc. This course is not only supported by one particular nowledgement perspective but also from other multi-disciplinary knowledge.

By Akhilesh G

Apr 9, 2019

Overall, a great brush-up course for a biotechnologist but is not at all recommadable to someone new to this field. Applicative part is imprevise and i learnt many new things about molecules i knew but did not acknowledge. I would refer this course to every biotechnology aspirant.