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Høst 2020

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.

Course contents

The course will cover several valuable biomolecules (proteins/peptides, enzymes, marine lipids and carbohydrates) that can be produced industrially from marine sources. Fundamental technical issues, and the industrial biotechnology processes involved in the processing of marine raw materials, are studied. An introduction will be given to large-scale industrial biotechnological plant and the different challenges posed when scaling up to industrial levels. Aspects of the industrialization challenges to be covered are: documentation of products and processes, the importance of good quality systems, possible regulatory constraints, as well as customer demands. 

Examples from interesting local industry will be used to introduce the research and challenges that underlies the different production processes. The teaching includes a variety of company visits and company lectures, for example 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 and several other relevant biotech companies depending on their availability during the semester. 

Challenges posed by scaling-up production methods from lab to pilot and ultimately industrial scale, are studied. This includes a good introduction to the processes that may be involved at Nofima's bioprocessing 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 from all over the country can receive help with transferring research results from the laboratories, to produce products on a small industrial scale.

The lab courses will include assignments relevant to the industrial processes the students will be acquainted to during the lectures. 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. 

The objective in biotechnological production of various kinds is to ensure knowledge-based industrial development. The emphasis will be on optimising and continuously improving and expanding utilisations of raw material in a manner that adds value to the product and can provide sustainable ingredients and products to the market. 

Application deadline

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

Admission requirements

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

Required background in biotechnology:

Application code 9371.

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 and submission of a written report.


Home assignment. A graded scale of 5 marks from A - E for pass, and F for 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 re-sit.

Date for examination

Take home assignment hand out date 04.12.2020 hand in date 16.12.2020

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

Lectures Autumn 2020
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Lecture - digitally live prof. Ragnar Ludvig Olsen
prof. Klara Stensvåg
f.aman. Alice Marie Pedersen
stip. Lars Dalheim
stip. Renate Døving Osvik
stip. Pauke Carlijn Schots
Seminar prof. Ragnar Ludvig Olsen
f.aman. Alice Marie Pedersen
stip. Pauke Carlijn Schots
Industry- and company visits f.aman. Jørgen Blikra Lødemel
f.aman. Alice Marie Pedersen
stip. Pauke Carlijn Schots
Lab Tone Friis Aune Guro Kristine Edvinsen
f.aman. Alice Marie Pedersen
stip. Pauke Carlijn Schots