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Getting to Know Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies: More than Science in a Lab

Break new ground in biotech and learn more about the design, development, and production of biotechnological products.

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Getting to Know Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies: More than Science in a Lab

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  • Intermediate level

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Contemplate big questions about the future of biologics

Biotechnology is helping the world of research evolve at high speed. Stay in the know about the latest innovations in pharmaceutical biotechnologies with this online course from the University of Padova. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to apply fundamental skills to biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences and its related fields.

Gain cutting-edge insights into pharmaceutical and biotechnological drug development

This course will bridge theory and practice to provide you with a comprehensive exploration of pharmaceutical biotechnologies. You’ll analyse innovative biotech drugs, delve into the molecular interactions shaping drug efficacy, and navigate the regulatory landscape of clinical trials.

The curriculum will focus on exploring the principles of biotechnological drugs and their production. You’ll understand the difference between biotechnological drugs from traditional ones, discuss drug design, and grasp some of the challenges involved in different production stages.

Dive deeper into pharmaceutical biological therapeutics, from production to formulation

After gaining a solid understanding of the fundamentals, you’ll delve deeper into more specialised topics and gain advanced drug formulation techniques.

You’ll learn how biological drugs interact with the body and why clinical trials and regulatory frameworks are so essential for evaluating their safety and efficacy.

Learn with experts from the University of Padova’s Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences (DSF)

In addition to real-world case studies, you’ll be supported by the faculty of seasoned professionals and researchers at the University of Padova’s DSF, whose disciplines span pharmaceutical chemistry and technology, pharmacology, biochemistry, biophysics, and molecular biology.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds Have you ever wondered how you could free the  world from diseases. You can do it by using a   revolutionary approach such as the use of  biotechnological drug. You don’t need to   be a superhero, you just have to know how to  use Technologies well. I am Patricia Poverino   de Laureto and I’m a professor at the University  of Padova and together with my colleagues we will   lead you in this journey. Biotechnological drugs  are complex structures compared with conventional   drugs, since they are mainly based on peptides,  proteins and nucleic acid.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 seconds Indeed conventional   Pharmaceuticals are chemical synthesis product  while biotechnological Pharmaceuticals are   biological products obtained in live cells.  The amazing idea of Designing drugs like this   is that by using sophisticated Technologies  we can achieve the Target and generate life   saving therapies. Products and processes are  at the heart of our course. You will study   Cutting- Edge Technologies to get to the final  product and how to handle the procedure to obtain   them. Together we will learn the development  process that goes into a biotechnological drug   from ideation to production and application.  We will go through it one step at a time. This  

Skip to 1 minute and 38 seconds course is organized in three weeks: in the first  week we will start learning the process of drug   Discovery using a combination of computational  ,experimental, translational and clinical models   that are based on knowledge of a biological  Target. In the second week we will focus on   the steps that go into a biotechnological drug  from the production to its applications. Finally   in the last week by adopting a molecule center  view we will explore in depth what is important   for the characterization of the biotechnological  drug. By the end of this journey you will finally   understand that pharmaceutical biotechnologies are  much more than science in a lab.

Skip to 2 minutes and 19 seconds You don’t need to   be a superhero to change the world, technologies  will be your superpower, especially you can   fine-tune them according to your creativity, your  skills your research. Join us and find out how!


  • Week 1

    Biotechnological Drugs: From the idea to the production

    • Introduction

      Let's get started

    • Biotechnological drugs: From idea to production

      Understanding the first phase of drug development

    • Synthesis

      A synthesis of this week's lessons

  • Week 2

    Biotechnological drugs: From production to applications

    • From drug production to formulation

      A look inside the second phase of drug development

    • Case study: Adalimumab

      Discovering the structure and purpose of Adalimumab

    • Synthesis

      A synthesis of this week's lessons

  • Week 3

    Biotechnological drugs: Drug-centered view

    • Drug-centric view

      Where the drug takes centerstage

    • Clinical trials for reaching pharmaceutical market

      The final phase of drug development

    • Synthesis

      A synthesis of your learning throughout the course

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  • 3 Jun 2024 - 23 Jun 2024

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe what it is a biotech drug
  • Summarise the role of biotechnology in pharmaceuticals
  • Synthesise the entire process necessary for the design and the production of a new biotech drug.
  • Identify innovative biotech drug recently approved for human use

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about pharmaceutical biotechnologies. It’s ideal for those looking to broaden their drug science understanding or stay up-to-date on the latest biopharmaceutical advancements.

Who will you learn with?

Professor of Biochemistry and Proteomics.
I am dedicated to the study of the protein amyloid aggregation and the role of alpha-synuclein in the pathogenesis of Parkinson Disease

Assistant professor of Biochemistry.
I am studying coagulation factors to clarify the biochemical pathways that lead to many life-threatening disorders using a unique combination of biophysic methods.

Associate Professor of Pharmacology, University of Padua, Padua, Italy, and Adjunt Professor of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Research interest: neuropsychopharmacology

Hallo, I am a medicinal chemist and my interests range from small molecule drugs to biologics

Gianfranco Pasut is Professor of Pharmaceutical technology at the University of Padova, and is an expert in PEGylation and drug delivery, presently involved in studying ADCs and targeted liposomes.

Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology. My major expertise and scientific interests include nanotechnology and delivery of drugs including small and biotech molecules.

I am a passionate scientist focused on drug discovery, fascinated by coupling theoretical approaches with experimental work to rationally design novel bioactive molecules.

I work as International Desk at the School of Medicine, a dedicated department-based support desk for international students.
I am part of the Global Engagement Office, International Relations Division

Who developed the course?

University of Padova

The University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning; it aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background.

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