Medical Biotechnology and Drug DevelopmentSemester Course

Week-Long Study Tour
Lisbon-Porto (Fall/Spring) or London (Spring) or Edinburgh (Fall)
Core Course Week Study Tour
Major Discipline(s)
Biology, Biomedicine / Biotechnology, Pre-Medicine / Health Science
Core Course
Fall/Spring semester

The course explores the impact that biotechnology has on medicine, including personalized medicine, immune response reactions and side effects, vaccine development and stem cell technology. Topics are covered using a 3-module approach: drug discovery and development, peptides and nucleotides as biopharmaceuticals, and immune defense-related biopharmaceuticals. The course further compares the Danish and European pharmaceutical and biotechnology research communities, and the business aspects involved in drug development through Field Studies and during the Study Tours.

During Core Course Week our visits ranged from a stem cell research company to a bioinformatics company to a company that does research into lessening the burden of disease in domesticated animals. Seeing the full range of biotech companies that exist out there, and being able to compare observations about Danish biotech companies to Scottish companies was very enlightening!

Paige Arnold, Duke University


Carina de Lemos Rieper

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. Immunology, 2010, at the Blood bank at Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. M.S. Biology, 2005, University of Copenhagen. Research Scientist, 2006, Center for Inflammation and Metabolism, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark. Senior Scientist, 2010-2018, at the department of Immunogenicity Assessment, Novo Nordisk, Denmark. With DIS since 2019.

Jeanette Erbo Wern

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. Immunology 2001-2005 (Inst. Of International Health, Immunology and Microbiology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark).  Post doc 2006-2009 (Inst. of International Health, Immunology and Microbiology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark). M.Sc. 2001 (Inst. Of International Health, Immunology and Microbiology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark). Senior Scientist 2010-2013 (Immune Targeting Group, Bioneer, Cph, Denmark).  Senior Scientist 2013-2016 (Dept. of Infectious Disease Immunology, Statens Serum Institute, Cph, Denmark). With DIS since 2016.

Susana Dietrich

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Biomedical Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal, 2007), M.Sc. (Biotechnology, De Monfort University, UK, and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, 1998), Licenciatura (Microbiology, Portuguese Catholic University, Portugal, 1997). Post-Doctorate positions in immunology and neuroimmunology (University of Lund, Sweden and University of Copenhagen, Denmark). With DIS since 2011.