Date: July 14-18, 2014 | Tuition: $4,250 | Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 2.8
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“Fermentation Technology” is the longest-run course in the MIT Professional Education catalog, having been offered continuously for more than 40 years. This course emphasizes the application of biological and engineering principles to problems involving microbial, mammalian, and biological/biochemical systems. The aims of the course are to review fundamentals and provide an up-to-date account of current knowledge in biological and biochemical technology. The lectures will emphasize and place perspectives on biological systems with industrial practices.
This course has made some major additions, modifications, and revisions in the course topics and course contents over the past couple of years. In recognition of the increasing number of attendees from non-pharmaceutical industries, we are rebalancing the course to provide equal emphasis on mammalian and microbial technologies. More than half of the lecturers are currently working in industry or have industrial experience.
Fundamentals: Core concepts, understandings and tools (35%)
Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends (15%)
Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world (50%)
Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format (90%)
Discussion or Groupwork: Participatory learning (10%)
Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience (10%)
Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field (70%)
Advanced: In-depth explorations at the graduate level (20%)
- Examine the application of biological and engineering principles to problems involving microbial, mammalian, and biological/biochemical systems.
- Recognize the fundamentals of fermentation technology.
- Describe current knowledge in biological and biochemical technology, with a focus on industrial practices.
- Comprehend growth and metabolism, genetics and metabolic engineering in the age of genomics, the biological basis for monitoring bioprocesses including process analytical technology, and applications of the modern biological concepts in bioprocess developments.
- Examine eukaryotic and prokaryotic protein expression relevant to industrial practice, including post-translational modifications (esp. protein glycosylation).
- Assess power requirements in bioreactors, modeling of bioprocesses, traditional and new concepts in bioprocess monitoring, and the biological basis for industrial fermentations and cell cultures.
- Distinguish bioreactor operations in bacteria and mammalian cell systems, oxygen transfer and shear in bioreactors, process improvement through metabolic manipulations, and scale-up of bioreactors such as bacterial, yeast, and mammalian cells.
- Analyze the bioprocess paradigm: scale-down, bioprocess simulation and economics, sterilization, and bioburden in biological manufacturing.
- Examine considerations in bioprocess simulation and economics, sterilization in biological manufacturing, and clinical implications of bioprocesses.
Who Should Attend
The course is intended for engineers, biologists, chemists, microbiologists, and biochemists who are interested in the areas of biological systems in prokaryotic and eukaryotic hosts. It is desirable that individuals enrolled be familiar with some of the general aspects of modern biology, genetics, biochemical engineering, and biochemistry. Some general knowledge of mathematics is also desirable for dealing with the engineering aspects of the course.
Outline of the Program
Lectures, given in both morning and afternoon sessions and completed at 12:00 noon on Friday, will cover the following topics:
- Growth and Metabolism
- Molecular Biology in Bioprocess Developments
- Bioprocess Concepts in Mammalian Cell Culture Technology
- Protein Expression in Bacterial and Mammalian Cells: Basic Concepts and Methods for Improvements
- Post Translational Modifications: Protein Glycosylation
- Biological Basis for Industrial Fermentations and Cell Cultures
- Power Requirements in Bioreactors
- Oxygen Transfer and Shear in Bioreactors
- Bioreactor Operations in Bacterial and Mammalian Cell Systems
- Modeling and Traditional Bioprocess Monitoring
- Scale-up of Bioreactors: Bacteria, Yeast, and Mammalian Cells
- Media and Air Sterilization
- Process Analytical Technology
- Clinical Implications of Bioprocesses
- Bioprocess Simulation and Economics
The course will provide detailed notes and a CD-ROM, which are included in the tuition. Computer power is available in the lecture hall.
Course schedule, registration times, special events
Class begins at 8:30 am on Monday and at 9:00 am the rest of the week. Class runs until 5:00 - 5:30 pm each day (variable) except for Friday when it ends at 12:30 pm.
Registration is on Monday morning from 7:15 - 8:00 am.
Special events include a reception for course participants and faculty on Monday night and a dinner on Thursday evening. All evening activities are included in tuition.
Microbiologist, Dugway Proving Ground (DPG), U.S. Army
"I would definitely recommend this course to colleagues. In fact, I already have. I would recommend it because of its prominence in the pharmaceutical community... [T]his course is considered the very best in fermentation by word of mouth. It doesn't hurt that it is offered by the most prominent technological University in the country."
Associate Scientist, GlaxoSmithKline Biological, North America
"It's a great overview of fermentation theories incorporating all aspects from research down to manufacturing functions. The presenters are all top-notch and knew how to keep their presentation interesting and engaging."
Project Manager, Epitopix
"It really passes the fundamentals of fermentation and gets into the real world of analytical measurement, scale-up, media formulation and the theory behind applications."
Technology Engineer, Wyeth Pharmaceutical
"I felt like the course was well organized, was a good blend of biology and engineering, and has a good balance of practical experience."
process engineer II, novartis
"The course covered a broad range of fermentation technology and engineering design. I believe all were able to take something away from the course and directly apply it to their daily roles, as well as learn something new about applications of fermentation technologies."
sales operations manager, finesse solutions
"Instructors provided a broad range of experience both in industry and academia. Went beyond the curriculum and provided real-world examples."
microbiology technician, logos technologies, inc.
"Got to learn a great deal about the aspects of both mammalian and microbial cells and some of the challenges involved in fermentation of both cell types. Gained new knowledge and appreciation for cell fermentation that directly applies to the work I perform each day. With my new knowledge I will be able to take on more duties and help ease the load of our current fermentation engineers, as well as bridging the gap between the genetic engineering and strain development side of things with the aspects of scaling up fermentations from shake flasks to bio-reactors."
manufacturing engineer, valent biosciences
"Planning, maintenance, manufacturing and process engineers could all benefit from this course. Because of the broad range of topics and coverage of new technology, a higher level unit manager (esp. engineering) could benefit."
automation engineer, genentech
"This course allows me to ask better questions when I develop automation control solutions for my manufacturing science counterparts. This will also allow me to predict concerns from when products are transitioned to our site for the first time."
Dr. Neal Connors, Consultant, Phoenix BioConsulting, LLC
Dr. Charles L. Cooney, Robert T. Haslam (1911) Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and the Faculty Director of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT
Dr. Robert D. Kiss, Director, Late Stage Culture Development, Genentech, Inc., S. San Francisco, CA
Dr. Kristala L. Jones Prather, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT
Dr. James C. Leung, Adjunct Associate Professor, Northeastern University; Visiting Scientist, Department of Biology, MIT
Dr. J. Christopher Love, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT
Dr. Morris Z. Rosenberg, Consultant, MRosenberg BioPharma Consulting
Dr. Daniel I.C. Wang, Institute Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT
About the Directors
Daniel I. C. Wang
Dr. Daniel I.C. Wang is Institute Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Biochemical Engineering from MIT and a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and from schools here and abroad. He has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the American Institute of Medical and Biomedical Engineering. He has twice received Outstanding Teaching Awards at MIT and is a member of the Editorial Board of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Comprehensive Biotechnology, Advances in Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering News, and World Scientific Publishing Life Sciences.
His publications comprise 250+ papers, 5 books and 15 patents.
Kristala L. Jones Prather
Kristala Jones Prather is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT and an investigator in the multi-institutional Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC) funded by the National Science Foundation (USA). She received an S.B. degree from MIT in 1994 and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (1999), and worked four years in BioProcess Research and Development at the Merck Research Labs (Rahway, NJ). Prather is the recipient of a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Award (2004), an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2005), a Technology Review “TR35” Young Innovator Award (2007), a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2010), and the Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award (2011). She has been recognized for excellence in teaching with an Outstanding Faculty Award for Undergraduate Teaching in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering (2006) and the Junior Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching given by the MIT School of Engineering (2010).
Professor Prather has co-authored more than 45 manuscripts and 2 book chapters, and has 3 issued patents with several additional applications pending.
This course takes place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We can also offer this course for groups of employees at your location. Please contact the Short Programs office for further details.
Links & Resources
- Turning bacteria into chemical factories
- Enlisting microbes to solve global problems
- Finding Her Way: Kristala L. Jones Prather, Ph.D.
- Kristala L. J. Prather named 2014 MacVicar Faculty Fellow
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