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Høst 2018

BIO-3610 Industrial Biotechnology - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Type of course

For students taking the Marine Biotechnology - master program the course is mandatory. The course can be taken as a singular course, but there are limited number of places (12). The master's students in biotechnology will be given priority. Other students gain access to vacant seats.

Course contents

The course covers various marine biomolecules (proteins/peptides, enzymes, marine lipids and carbohydrates) that can be used industrially. Fundamental technical issues, and the industrial processes and biotechnology involved in the processing of marine raw materials, are studied. An introduction will be given to large-scale industrial biotechnological plant and the challenges posed by this scale of production.

Examples from interesting current projects in research and industry will be used to introduce the research that underlies production processes. The teaching includes company visits, for example to Nordic Pharma and Biotec Pharmacon. The students will also become acquainted with a company (Marealis) that develops bioactive peptides from prawn shells, which have a blood-pressure lowering effect.

The lab course includes normal laboratory work, plus a scaling-up exercise in the process laboratory in the hall (pilot plant) at Nofima Tromsø. The laboratory teaching is carried out under tutorial supervision and suitable protective equipment/precautions such as gloves, coats, working under closed hoods etc. are mandatory. Challenges posed by scaling-up production methods from lab to pilot and then industrial scale are studied, including a good introduction to the processes that may be involved, in Nofima's new bio-process plant (Biotep) in Kaldfjorden outside Tromsø.

In practice, the plant is a small factory capable of handling a variety of marine raw materials. At the Biotep plant, high-technology businesses can receive help with transfering research results from the laboratories, to produce products on a small industrial scale.

The objective in biotechnological production of various kinds is to ensure knowledge-based industrial development. The emphasis is on optimising and improving utilisation of the (residual) raw material in a manner that adds value to the product and is sustainable.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester.

Application code 9371.

Admission requirements

A bachelor's degree in biotechnology, marine biotechnology or equivalent education.

Required background in biotechnology:

Objective of the course

On successful completion of the course, students will have achieved the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding. The candidate

Skills. The candidate

Expertise. The candidate

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, a compulsory laboratory course (dry lab and process hall) and submission of a written report.


Home assignment. Marked with letter grades A - F, where F is fail.

Work requirements: Admission to the exam requires attendance on the laboratory course and an approved laboratory report.

Re-sit: Students who did not pass the previous ordinary examination in this subject are entitled to a resit.

Date for examination

Take home assignment hand out date 07.12.2018 hand in date 14.12.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Recommended reading/syllabus

Lecture topics

Other. For the home examination, the students will find relevant study literature in the library and in databases.

Lectures Autumn 2018
Første gang: Se timeplan på nett
Forelesning prof. Ragnar Ludvig Olsen
f.aman. Jørgen Blikra Lødemel
prof. Klara Stensvåg Hanne Kirsti Mæhre
f.aman. Birthe Vang
Alice Marie Pedersen
Seminar prof. Ragnar Ludvig Olsen
f.aman. Birthe Vang
Industri- og bedriftsbesøk f.aman. Jørgen Blikra Lødemel
f.aman. Birthe Vang
Lab f.aman. Birthe Vang