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!