Sustainable biotechnological companies – from innovation to industry


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in the modules Biorefinery Principles and Biological Production Processes

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Describe the principles of the transfer from innovation to production of new bioproducts
  • Account for patent issues
  • Describe how to establish a business plan and a budget for expenditure and establishment
  • Describe a biotechnological production company with respect to substrates, organisms and processes


  • Work out a simple life-cycle analysis and technoeconomical assesment for the production in a biotechnological company
  • Establish a plant description, process diagrams, mass balances and energy balance of a biotechnological production
  • Calculate a budget for the establishment and operation of a biotechnological production
  • Evaluate the sustainability of the biotechnological production by means of a life-cycle analysis
  • Set principles for a business plan


  • Utilize the competences gained during the education to establish a complete business plan of a sustainable biotechnological company.
  • Participate in team-based project work

Type of instruction

Lectures and project work

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examSustainable biotechnological companies – from innovation to industry
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Oral examination based upon a business plan worded out during the course and a presentation of the business plan
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleBæredygtige bioteknologiske virksomheder - fra innovation til industri
Module codeK-BT-M2-82
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Biotechnology)
Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science