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Medical Biotechnology


Admission requirements

BSA first year biology passed


The medical biotechnology course will provide a fascinating overview of how living cells are used to research and produce pharmaceutical and diagnostic products that help treat and prevent human diseases. This course will demonstrate how an integrated and multidisciplinary approach can yield critical new leads to our understanding of disease generation. By stimulating lectures from key players in the research field students will become familiar with the techniques, approaches and inventions leading to future generations of pharmaceuticals. The students will receive lectures from specialists of companies in the Leiden Bio Science Park to show applications in biotechnology.

Course objectives

Getting a broad understanding of the value of biomedical research for biotechnological applications. To get a overview of the importance of intellectual property and other factors that determine the possibilities for commercialization. To see links with the fundamental research in biomedical sciences and industrial applications e.g. in the Leiden Bioscience Park. In particular research on stem cells, drug and target discovery, gene therapy and vaccin development will be highlighted.


Start 28 of October . Finishing with presentation of the students on 21 and 22 November 2013. The lectures will be given mostly in the afternoons and the mornings are meant for self-study on a daily basis. In the last week of the course students will give their own presentation on a chosen topic and prepare for the examination. Participation in lectures is obligatory.

Mode of instruction

Please enter the mode of instruction (lecture, tutorial, etc)

A series of obligatory lectures provided by invited specialist speakers will be combined with own literature self-study. In addition there is self study from the following book: Medical Biotechnology, Pongracz and Keen, Churchill Livingstone (Elsevier). The students will have to write a short summary on the topic of the lecture before and subsequently formulate a few questions after the lectures.

Assessment method

  • PowerPoint presentation.

  • Written examination requesting knowledge of lectures and the book of Pongracz and Keen
    Grade will be calculated as 70% examination (min 5 is obligatory) plus 30% power point presentation and other tasks


The course information, time table and study material will be available via Blackboard.

Reading list

Medical Biotechnology, Pongracz and Keen, Churchill Livingstone (Elsevier).
Articles will be provided on Blackboard.


Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.
Registration Via USIS

Contact information

For information on scientific questions or content of the course: prof. dr. H.P. Spaink, tel: 5055

For other questions: Education Office Biology (IBL), Sylvius building, tel: 5171