The unique characteristics of the living cell are what make the process technologies different from others. Bioprocess technology makes it possible to transfer biotechnological methods to technical applications in the industry. Procedures that are already established in the laboratory must be optimized so that they work well for industrial production on a large scale. In addition to process technology know-how, this also requires knowledge about biotechnology, biopharmaceutical technology and laboratory practice. Quality management and quality assurance provide important parameters.
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Application period for academic year 2018/19
1st November 2017 to 15th June 2018
tuition fee / semester:
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You have basic know-how in process technology and natural sciences. You are a process-oriented, system-related and analytical thinker. Innovation excites you. You want to strengthen your research skills in order to further develop and optimize process technologies. You enjoy working on projects in a team and would like to take on management responsibilities. Average English skills are expected. Language of instruction is German
Your education and research benefit from our close partnerships with well-known biotech companies as well as the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) and the Vienna Institute of Biotechnology (VIBT), who share the campus with us. The partnership enables you to take advantage of the BOKU's excellent infrastructure. In addition to the laboratories, this includes an industrial pilot plant with which it is possible in a preliminary stage to research production processes on a laboratory scale. Furthermore, numerous R&D projects in the degree program offer you the opportunity to work with cutting-edge applications and to make valuable contacts for your future career. Practical relevance is also guaranteed at our Campus Lecture evenings, which are open to all and feature contributions from prominent experts.
Bioprocess technology makes it possible to transfer biotechnological methods to technical applications in the industry. Microorganisms, animal cells or other biological materials can be used in a variety of technical applications to produce individual products, to develop test kits or to plan production plants. A bio-industrial pilot plant at our campus provides us the unique opportunity of being able to develop biotechnological production processes on a laboratory scale and transfer them to the pilot scale in order to precisely research their scalability.
The simulation of the production processes on a pilot scale helps determine deviations in each process step and develop process parameters for the commercial evaluation of the production processes. The results benefit teaching, research and the industry. For example, we use the facility together with the multi-technology company 3M to evaluate the latest filtration systems and applications for the production of medicinal products.
The degree program focuses on process technology, biotechnology, biopharmaceutical technology and practical laboratory experience.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Werner Seiler
Construction of various simple control circuits and comparison of different control strategies.Each student builds her own control circuit using an Arduino starter kit, puts them into operation and studies their behaviour.
Participation and protocols
Experiments wit an Arduino starter kit and a laptop.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Bernhard Drosg, Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Lydia Rachbauer
Overview on the biogas technology for energy recovery from renewable resources in combination with Algae technology for the develepment of biorefinery concepts.A focus will be put on process regulation and application fields for both technologies.Understanding of the specific conditions of providing energy from renewable resources and the pros and cons of these technologies, Communication of technological and microbiological basics of biogas and bioethanol technologyOverview
Lector: Prof. Dr. Wilfried Wöhrer
After the introduction, where the basic concepts and principles of bioprocess engineering are explained, the main bioreactor types and operation modes are presented. In the following section the kinetics of bioprocesses together with the underlying equations and graphs are outlined. Heat and mass transfer correlations, which are essential to be familiar with - especially for the design of bioreactors, are dealt in the following section. The characterization of various bioreactor types including enzyme reactors as weell as the upscaling principles are main topics of this lecture. Finally the basics of the sterilization technology and the design of SIP procedures are elucidated.The understanding as well as the benefit of the presented model equations for the particular unit operations are shown by some selected examples.
Two written intermediate exams and a final test.
The teaching is based on the following concept:First the scientific principles involved in a specific unit operation within biochemical engineering together with their practical application are elucidated. After a thorough discussion on the limitations of the respective Mathematical Model its practical value is shown by some examples.
Lector: Dr. MMag. Agnes Bugajska-Schretter, Dipl.-Ing. Helga Sgardelli, Dr. Martin Spruth
This course will introduce biological and biotechnological manufactured products with the focus on medicinal products (blood products, vaccines, recobinant proteins, biosimilars). Basic knowledge on technological processes and manufacturing methods as well as on genetics, immunology and history of biotechnology will be summarized.Practical approaches for utilization of the products and for working in the biotech environment will be highlighted (key player in the biotech industry, vaccination programs, biotech company, license).
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Paul Surer
1. Partbasic concepts of differential and integral calculussolution of differential equation linear differential equations2.PartTutorial
Lector: Ao.Univ.Prof. Dipl-Ing. Dr. Senad Novalin
1 Thermodynamics1.1Introduction1.2Change in State1.3The First Law of Thermodynamics 1.4 Thermal calculations1.5 The Second Law of Thermodynamics 1.6Work - Fluid Systems 1.7 Exergy2 Technical Heat Transfer
Lector: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Richard Biener
introduction to control theoryControllers (PID-control, two-position control, cascade control,…)requirement to control loops (performance, stability)control design, determination of controller paameters control of bioreactors (temperature, pH, pO2)practical design of flow and level control
Lector: O.Univ.-Prof. Mag.pharm. Dr. Helmut Viernstein
The course addresses the technology of manufacturing formulations for the parenteral application as well as methods of quality control according to the rules of the European and international pharmacopeia. In this context, well established formulations and innovative products will be presented and special biopharmacutical aspects will be discussed.
Lector: FH-Prof. DI Dr. Michael Maurer, Dipl.-Ing. Eva Sykacek
Terminology; overview regarding the market situation- Biotechnological processes for the production of biobased materials and/or their monomeric precursors:Feedstocks for fermentation and their availability;Chemical derivatisation/synthesis of bioplastics; processing and moulding (especially thermoplastic moulding, e.g. extrusion and injection moulding); examples for applied moulding processes
lecture and practice
Lector: Dr. Reinhard Preiss
Basic considerations in Risk ManagementTerminology in the field of risk analysis;Typical fields of application and legal aspects;Process safety incidents;Risk assessment (qualitativ, quantitive, semi-quantitative);Analysis methodologies: FMEA HAZOP Fault Tree Analysis (Basics)
Presentation, common acquirement of working examples.
Lector: DI(FH) Robert Schwarz
The course covers the foundation of validation, regulatory requirements and guidelines, equipment qualification (DQ, IQ, OQ, PQ), risk analysis, method validation, process validation, cleaning validation and sterilization/sanitization validation. Focusing of the preparation of associated documentation through validation projects will be included in practical detail.
Concurrent performance assessment for active participation and permanent review to content already bespoken incl. solving examples to demonstrate the ability to apply the content practically.If at the end of the last lesson before the written test less than 60 % of the required performance were provided in addition, following the written test an oral examination has to be undergone. This will be communicated the students affected in an appropriate manner (in person, by mail).Written Exam (multiple choice, text questions and sample calculations)Weighting of the final grade : Written Exam 50%, active participation and documents 25% each
Lecture, discussions and examplesThe lecture slides and additionally the comments of the lecturer during the lecture are the basis of the course content.The sum of this all is relevant for the permanent review and the written test.
Lector: Mag. Dr. Johannes Leitner, DI Karl Metzger, Katharina Seiberl, Yannick Weiß
Cleaning of surfaces, that are touched by productsMatrices of processes and toolsAnalysis and planning of cleaning validationExercise example for cleaning and cleaning validation at a fermenter or a similar processing unit
Continous assessments throughout the course
After an introductory course concerning theory and experience of cleaning, as well as the regulatory framework, an exercise course with a fermentation equipment is following.
Lector: FH-Prof. DI Dr. Michael Maurer
Role of natural IgM antibodies in immune surveillanceStructure and function of natural IgM antibodiesManufacturing platforms for IgM antibodies Quality management of natural IgMs? why are natural IgM antibodies not in use for immuno-therapeutic applications ?
Written exam at the end of the course.
Lecture and exercises. The focus lies on independent problem solving.
Lector: DI Michael Dekner, MA, Dr. Nico Lingg, Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Julita Panek, Katharina Seiberl
General aspects of Downstreamprocessing in the environement of a biotechnology production Unit operations of DSP (Centrifugation, precipitation, filtration, ultrafiltration, chromatographic methods). Dimensional analysis of unit operation with simple models.
Lecture with sample calculation
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Astrid Dürauer
Schemes / set up of down stream processes for recombinant proteinsProcess design and dimensioning
Written exam about theoretical background and calculation of processes
Lecture optional: home work, telelearning
1 Introduction Thermodynamic Processes1.1 Cycles1.2 Two-Phase Systems - Steam2 Refrigeration3 Technical Energy Systems3.1 Introduction3.2 The Heat Pump3.3 Renewable Energy
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. habil. Roland Ludwig
1. Overview and review of enzyme technology and definition of technical terms2. Biochemical basics: structure and function of proteins 3. Enzyme production (fermentation, purification and formulation)4. Enzymatic catalysis (enzyme kinetics, reactors, process control)5. Enzyme modifications (aims, genetic engineering, immobilisation techniques)6. Enzymes in industry (bulk- and fine chemicals, antibiotics)7. Enzymes in analytical applications (application in diagnosis, enzyme assays, biosensors,...)
written examThe written exam of enzyme technology consists of 10 questions (including 1-2 calculations) covering all presented topics, the information on the slide scripts and the calculated examples. The maximum number of achievable points is 100 (the number of points for an individual question is indicated on the questionaire). Correlation of points ad grades: 90+ points: sehr gut (1); 80+ points: gut (2); 65+ points: befriedigend (3); 50+ points: genügend (4); below 50 points: nicht genügend (5).
Lecture, brainstorming and discussion. Case studies and calculations will be worked out together.Questions are appreciated at any time. A slide scripts for each lecture will uploaded approx. 1 week before the lecture. Please prepare before the lecture for maximum benefit.
Lector: FH-Prof. DI Dr. Michael Maurer, DI Karl Metzger, Dipl.-Ing. Harald Schillinger, Katharina Seiberl, DI (FH) Florian Strobl, MSc
The bioprocess laboratory depicts the production process. It consists of design of the process till harvesting by a disc separator and filtration.The students will learn the production of the “Green Fluorescent Protein” with E. coli.
report and presentation
Lector: Mag. Theresa Balber, MMag. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Monika Müller, Andreas Schirmbrand, Mag. Dr. Stefan Tögel, O.Univ.-Prof. Mag.pharm. Dr. Helmut Viernstein
The course comprises the manufacturing of well established application forms, e.g. granules, pellets, tablets, capsules or parenterals and inhalants as well as the production and development of innovative products. In addition, biopharmaceutical aspects of the enhancement of efficacy of drugs will be discussed. A main topic of the practical course is the quality control according to the rules of the European Pharmacopoeia.
lecture and practical course
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Alexandra Posekany
General topics of statistics:statistical modeling, selection of modelsgeneralized models (logistic regression)bayesian estimate and modeling
Participation, final examination
Applied practice with "R"
Lector: Dr. Reinhard Ilk
Logic and objectives of statistical comparison studies, basic inferential statistics and experimental designs, possible errors in the statistical data assessment, sample size determination, interpretation of P-values, r-squares and residuals, basic variance decomposition methods, regression, etc.
Test mode:Exercises to be performed within the lecture sequence. Written test after lecture is finished. The test will consist of a combination of multiple-choice questions and application examples with open questions. Working with the software will be part of the exercises, but not part of the test!The grading is based to each one-third on the performance of the exercise and the two parts of the written test. Attendance and contribution is recognized whenever the evaluation decision is marginal. In case the test is failed, the repeat test will always be held as an oral exam.
Lecture with embedded practical exercises. The content will be taught in training locations enabling access to statistics software provided. Work on exercise examples can be done on individual time management.
Lector: Mag. Dr. Andreas Franz
This course is held in German. The description is therefore also restricted to German.
Lector: DI Josef Kriegl
Plant Engineering: Phases of Engineering and Construction of facilities. Explanation of enginering issues and engineering steps. Arrangement of equipments, utilities and site function for ideal material and personal flows, by taking the cleanroom classifications unter consiteration. Dimensioning of rooms sizes and definition of quality standards of rooms. Listing of necessary site functions for utilities.Mechanical Process Design: Basic needs and quality standards for equipments, pipes, valves and instruments (design, form, materials)
written examination after the course
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) forms a quality framework for the production of pharmaceutical and biotechnological products. Plant Hygiene represents a central pillar of GMP, both in the way of general principles for avoiding adventious product contamination and through specific forms of implementation and instruments.
Written Exam and participation during lectures
lectured course and participation
Lector: Hon.-Prof. Univ.-Doz. DI Dr. Rudolf Friedrich Bliem, Mag. Rupert Bliem
This course willl convey concepts of biological safety, as defined by occupational and health requirements, and biological security.In this context it will include a discussion on assessment critieria for biological safety and present the biological risk Groups. This will be followed by a discusion of the technical measures as defined by the risk classes. This will complete with a brief view into further aspects of biosafety and a personal work report as medical laboratory analyst in the recent Ebola epidemic in africa.
Lector: Mag. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Martin Pfeffer, Mag. Karin Pfeffer
"hands-on" priciples in business administrationDevelopment of a business plan
preparation & presentation of a business plan
Lector: FH-Prof. DI Dr. Michael Maurer, Katharina Seiberl
Brewing at a Craft Beer Brewery:> Recipe design> Scale up 50L -> 10hL and comparison> QA/QC of brewing process> Filling - KEGs and bottles> Marketing
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Gottfried Himmler
The EntrepreneurHow do new things develop?Recipies for success?What is an enterprise?Systems theory perspectiveWhat is management?Entrepreneur versus Manager:TasksCharacterThe ideaThe Business ModelThe Business PlanThe ideal Leader.Basics of Management.Tasks of Managers.Management Tools.
Lecture & Workshop
Lector: Dr.rer.nat. Christoph Metzner
Short introduction: Products, expression systems, marketsMetabolic Engineering: Aims, Prerequisites, Methods Optimising Product or Production?Focus Biomedicine: Antibody – Vaccine - Gene therapy vectorExamples from recent publicationsBottlenecks in Production/UpscalingMini seminar on Metabolic Engineering on a real-life example: „ Glycosylphosphatidylinositol-Protein Production for VLP vaccines – Assessing different strategies“
Lecture - e-learning - mini-seminar - discussion
Lector: Dr.rer.nat. Christoph Metzner, Katharina Seiberl
Introduction to eucaryotic (mammalian) cell cultureBasic Methods: Thawing, Splitting, Seeding, Harvesting, Freezing, Transfection methods: Co-precipitation and lipofectionInfluence of e.g. different plasmid backbones or different host cell lines on productAnalysis: Fluorometric, cytotoxicity, protein content (specific vs. total)
Continuous assessment of course work/protocol
Lecture, experimentation, discussion
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Anatol Dietl, Mag. iur. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Michael Stadler
Protective rights; Reading patent documents; scope of protection; novelty, state of the art; inventive step; further requirements of patentability; patent application procedure; international patent laws and treatys; patent search; patent licensing; biotechnological inventions and patents
written tests at the beginning of the lecture units; homework problem
Structure of statistical designs for more than two factors, differences between individual designs with regard to extent, output and results of various experimental designs. Analysis of experiments by using t-statistics and the General Linear Model (GLM).
Lector: Hon.-Prof. Univ.-Doz. DI Dr. Rudolf Friedrich Bliem
Terms and overview of processes for microbial inactivationProcesses of moist heat inactivation, as well as chemical and thermal disinfectionPredictive calculation models
In addition to the different tasks involved in the project management of biotechnological plants, which include process engineering as well as supply engineering and buildings, topics such as fast track, sustainability or risk prevention are decisive factors for the success of projects.
Lector: Ing. Walter Lintner, Ing. Otmar Pribitzer
Water, Potable Water, Purified Water, Methodes of Purification, Maintenance, Equipment for mesuring parameters
lecture with slides, lecture notes
Supervision of the writing of the diploma thesis. Individual appointments are to be arranged with the FH supervisor.
The course is assessed with "successfully completed" or "not completed".
Exchange of and feedback on the diploma thesis with the FH supervisor.
The content of this course is the writing of a diploma thesis.
The "written diploma thesis" constitutes the result of the quality of the works conducted. For this reason, the assessment is based on the quality of the research as well a on the written presentation.
The diploma thesis has to be written in consultation with the FH supervisor and beforehand has to be approved by the head of the academic section.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Johanna Hämmerle
Methodology for pursuing and writing of the diploma thesis:clarification of the procedure through presentations of the theses
Assessment of the presentations
Semester datesWinter semester: 16th August 2017 to 27th January 2018Summer semester: 5th February 2018 to 14th July 2018Number of teaching weeks20 per semester
Times6:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m. (ca. three times from Mon to Fri), Sat ca every two weeks from 8:30 a.m. (all day)
Language of instructionGerman
Bioprocess technology experts with a strong basis in GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) are particularly sought after. Your professional spectrum will extend from the planning, development and implementation of biotechnological production processes all the way to the operation of biotechnological plants. You will find a career in the following occupational fields:
With at least > 60 ECTS credits in natural sciences (chemistry, microbiology, mathematics, statistics, biochemistry, molecular biology) and > 13 ECTS credits in technical subjects (process engineering, principals of bioprocess technology, measurement and control technology).More information is available upon request.
Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section.
There are 18 places available in the master’s degree program in Bioprocess Technology each year. The ratio of places to applicants is currently around 1:1,5.
To apply you will require the following documents:
Certificates from abroad as well as a description of the courses and exemplary documents must be submitted as certified translations.Letters of recommendation from teachers from the institute abroad will help the head of the academic section to assess whether the admission requirements have been fulfilled.
It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session. Your application will be valid as soon as you upload all of the required documents and certificates. In the event that some documents (e.g. references) are not available at the time you apply, you may submit these later via email, mail or in person by no later than the start of the degree program.
The selection process consists of a written test and an interview with the selection committee.
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We work closely with numerous industrial companies, universities such as the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) and the associated Vienna Institute of Biotechnology (VIBT) and other research institutes. This guarantees you strong contacts for your professional career or participation in research and development activities. You can find information about our cooperation activities and much more at Campusnetzwerk. It's well worth visiting the site as it may direct you to a new job or interesting event held by our cooperation partners!