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BB2520 Bioprocess Design 15.0 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus BB2520 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course provides practical and theoretical understanding of the elements of taking a bio-product from the discovery stage to successful pilot scale production according to a desired output with respect to product quantity, quality and process documentation. The goal is further to perform the project in close relationship to actual industrial working methodology i.e. the project is managed and operated in a project group format and theoretical lectures are only used to give the background to a selected range of techniques. Techniques used include: Cultivation technology (continuous and fed-batch cultivation, medium design, scale-up of bioprocesses, process rheology), calculation of modeling constants from cultivations, downstream processing, project planning and management, industrial management and organization, Matlab modelling and simulation (cultivation), factorial design for process development, small and pilot scale production, process documentation.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe how to take a biotechnological process from discovery stage to pilot scale.
  • Use a simulation model to design and optimize product titer, rate and yield of a cultivation process.
  • Contribute to and co-organize the work in a project group.
  • Design, plan, operate and analyze down-scaled experiments in cultivation technology or downstream processing to support the design of a biotechnological process.
  • Document, analyze and evaluate a design of a process for microbial production, purification and concentration of a biotechnological product.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Entry requirements for MSc Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology (or equivalent), including a passed examination in BB1210 Purification of Biomolecules (or equivalent) and BB1300 Cultivation Technology (or equivalent). The ‘downstream processing and processes’ course from the MSc Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology (or equivalent) is highly recommended.

Recommended prerequisites

BSc courses in mathematics, chemistry and biotechnology comparative to the KTH:Biotechnology programme. BB1120 Cultivation technology. Knowledge of Matlab.


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project Planning part 1, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO2 - Project Planning part 2, 4.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • REP1 - Final Report, 9.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The examiner, together with the KTH disability coordinator (Funka), decides on possibly adjustments to the examination for students with proven and documented permanent disabilities. The examiner may allow another examination form when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Passed final written report, passed experimental plan, passed pilot plan, passed final presentation.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Biotechnology, Chemical Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Students are required to sign up at least two weeks in advance for examination.

The course is given provided at least seven students are admitted.