This program was introduced in 1996. The course content is methodically structured and designed to prepare the students for a career in academia as well as pharmaceutical industry. In addition to this, the program empowers students to continue pursue higher studies and research activities. Pharmaceutical biotechnology is a relatively new and growing field in which the principles of biotechnology are applied to the development of drugs. A majority of therapeutic drugs in the current market are bioformulations, such as antibodies, nucleic acid products and vaccines.
Such bioformulations are developed through several stages that include:
understanding the principles underlying health and disease; the fundamental molecular mechanisms governing the function of related biomolecules; synthesis and purification of the molecules; determining the product shelf life, stability, toxicity and immunogenicity; drug delivery systems; patenting; and clinical trials. The programme aims to enhance students methodological and problem-solving skills in the fields of medical and pharmaceutical biotechnology. Courses also highlight the interdisciplinary links between the natural science, biological, medical and technological aspects of biotechnology, as well as stressing the importance of quality assurance considerations.
The Master programme Pharmaceutical Biotechnology was developed to give graduates a well-founded knowledge of biomedicine and skills and competences needed for the development and production of biotechnological products.
Graduates from this Master programme will mainly work in pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies and medical research centers.
POSSIBLE WORK AREAS:
Planning and conducting of biotechnological processes (fermentation)
Biomedical and analytical testing
Coordinative activities in production, quality control, registration of pharmaceutical products and also to subject-specific marketing and distribution.