84920 - Pharmaceutical Chemistry of the Biotechnological Drugs

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student should learn basic notions on the production of biotech proteins and on their therapeutic and diagnostic application. In particular, the student should know the chemical class and the molecular mechanism of action of the biotechnologically derived drug products currently available. Moreover, at the end of the course, the student is expected to understand the processes, techniques and problems related to the production, characterization and application of biotech drugs. Know in detail the structural properties, function, production techniques and application of the biotech drugs treated during the course.

Course contents


Introduction to biotechnology. Traditional drugs and biotech products: research and development rules. Production of biotech products: cultivation and downstream processing. Biophysical and biochemical analyses of biological macromolecules. Chemical and physicochemical properties, reactivity and stability of biotech products. Legislative and economic aspects.


Application of innovative biotechnologies to the pharmaceutical industry: Vaccines, Proteins, Oligonucleotides.


Slides and notes from the lessons, available via the Virtuale platform for unibo students.

Maria Luisa Calabrò, Compendio di Biotecnologie Farmaceutiche, EdiSES, Napoli, 2008.

Elisabetta Vegeto, Adriana Maggi, Paola Minghetti, Farmaci biotecnologici: aspetti farmacologici e clinici. Casa Editrice Ambrosiana. Zanichelli, 2020.

Teaching methods

Lessons in italian.

Assessment methods

The examination consists in an oral interview aimed at proving the acquisition of the information presented in the objectives of the course.

Teaching tools

Power Point presentation

Office hours

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