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Industrial Biotechnology

The Doctorate course in Industrial Biotechnologies opened in the 2004/2005 academic year in order to answer to the growing cultural and didactic need to form qualified and capable researchers for this specific field.


The innovative character of the doctoral program is multidisciplinary, with diffusive and transversal areas of impact and its connection with the prevailing lines of international training in the field.


The scope of the Doctorate in Industrial Biotechnologies is to prepare highly qualified individuals who can assume roles of responsibility in the coordination of basic and applied research projects in all sectors that compete in the transfer of knowledge and technologies resulting from the research in the lab to the economic market.


The doctoral program, coordinated by Prof. Marco Vanoni, has its centre near the Department of Biotechnologies and Bioscience at piazza della Scienza 2, Milan. The program lasts three years and not more than six candidates can enter the program each year. The course is articulated in three different curriculums.


The educational program offers a first common and foundation year of Industrial Biotechnologies and a successive biennium of specialization in one of the three curriculums.


There are 200 course hours and seminars, subdivided into 80 hours for the first year and 60 hours for the second and third years. The seminars are presented by qualified researchers from the public and private sector, which make up approximately 50% of the total hours.


In order to attend the second year of the program the student must pass an annual exam which consists in the presentation of a written dissertation describing the didactic activities of the year, along with in an oral presentation. At the completion of the doctoral program students should have acquired competences and experiences in the following areas:


• Basic theories of industrial biotechnologies

• Applications of the main laboratory techniques  

• Specialization in one area of the curriculum

• Ethical issues for biotechnology

• Development and protection of patents and licences

• Presentation (written and oral) of biotechnological projects

• Knowledge for the development of a research group

• Ability to determine objectives, to estimate the state of progress and to solve problems associated with the development of a biotechnological project