Biotherapeutics is a real ‘buzz’ area of science at the moment.  Look at the name – it has the word ‘therapeutics’ combined with ‘bio’ and this should give you a clue as to what it’s all about.  Biotherapeutic medicines are an integral and valuable part of modern medicine for the treatment and prevention of serious illnesses and diseases. These biotherapeutic medicines are made using living systems.  They are derived from proteins and other substances produced by living organisms.  So do you know a living system that can be used to produces biotherapeutics?

Many students commencing this course initially struggle to differentiate between biotherapeutic medicines and chemically synthesised medicines – well the word ‘bio’ plays a big role in the difference.  Please check out this link from the International Federation 
of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations and read through the document (it will only take you 5 minutes but will clarify things and set you up well for the module).

There are numerous sources that you will liase with during the semester.  I will post various articles/video clips etc here.  However you will need to link back to previous textbooks from the Biochemistry/Molecular Biology modules (details below).  Also, a key textbook you should certainly have access to is ‘Biopharmaceuticals’ by Gary Walsh.  This book is available in the Library.  Please go and find where it is….today!  Also, the institute’s eBrary will also give you access to numerous resources.

Biochem/Molecular biology textbooks:

  •  Biochemistry:  Jeremy M. Berg, John L. Tymoczko  Lubert Stryer
  •  Molecular Cell Biology:  Harvey Lodish, Arnold Berk, Chris A. Kaiser, Monty Krieger, Matthew P. Scott, Anthony Bretscher, Hidde Ploegh, Paul Matsudaira
  •  Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry:   David L. Nelson, Michael M. Cox
  •  Biochemistry:  Mary K. Campbell, Shawn O. Farrell

From the beginning of your studies in any class, you are in control of some extremely important aspects of your learning experience – your attendance and engagement in class!  So working hard at these aspects can really help you in understanding any subject.

As an enrolled student in my classes, you will have access to all class notes via this site.  You will also have access to any animation/video links used in the lecture series.  In addition, you will be provided with formative assessment information that will assist you in your subject understanding experience.  In addition, you will be able to use this site to keep up-to-date with current breakthroughs in the field of science in addition to being able to obtain career tips and resource access.

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Biotherapeutics Lecture Notes and Diagrams


Best of luck this semester, I hope you enjoy the Biotherapeutics module.