Teaching Biotech Manufacturing Facility Design and Regulatory Compliance: Better Equipping Students for a Maturing Industry


  • David E. Block University of California


While chemical and biochemical engineering programs have frequently offered courses in fermentation and biopurification, few have offered instruction in design of equipment for biotech production facilities and in regulatory issues that govern nearly all operations within a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment.  Traditional chemical engineering process equipment design courses do not sufficiently address this material.  The new course described here better prepares students for positions in process development, process engineering, and manufacturing in a maturing biotech industry.

Author Biography

David E. Block, University of California

David E. Block is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of California, Davis. He holds a BSE and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota, respectively. Prior to joining the university, he worked in the Biopharamaceuticals Department at Hoffmann-La Roche in Nutley, New Jersey.