Biopharmaceutical Science


This module will provide learners with knowledge of the discovery, development and clinical applications of biopharmaceuticals. Its main focus will be on the designed and development of biopharmaceutical drugs which are currently on the market or currently under development. The module will focus also on the technical advances in the area of biopharmaceutical science and give detailed information on key topics such as the influence of genomics and proteonomics on drug discovery. It will also give the learner knowledge with regard to the impact that recombinant DNA technology has had on the design and production of protein and nucleic acid therapeutics and vaccines technology.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop a thorough understanding of the key steps involved in the development of a biopharmaceutical drug.

  2. Compare and contrast the expression systems used in the production of biopharmaceuticals.

  3. Evaluate and assess protein-based therapeutics, their development, production and mode of action.

  4. Discuss the impact that genetic engineering has had upon vaccine technology.

  5. Describe the clinical applications of aptmers, antisense oligonucleotides and gene therapies.

% Coursework 40%
% Final Exam 60%