Biopharmaceuticals is a new discipline closely linked to biology. As a high-tech, biopharmaceutical technology was born in the early 1970s along with the invention and application of DNA recombination technology and lymphocyte hybridoma technology. For more than 30 years, the rapid development of biopharmaceutical technology has opened up broad prospects for the development of the medical and pharmaceutical industries, greatly improving people's lives. Therefore, all countries in the world have identified biopharmaceuticals as key technologies and emerging industries for the development of science and technology in the 21st century.
Biopharmaceuticals are a class of products used for prevention, treatment, and diagnosis. The drug is manufactured using the principles and methods of microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, and pharmacy. Biopharmaceutical raw materials are mainly natural biological materials, including microorganisms, humans, animals, plants, marine organisms and the like.
The biopharmaceutical is characterized by high pharmacological activity, small toxic and side effects, and high nutritional value. Biopharmaceuticals mainly include proteins, nucleic acids, sugars, and lipids. The constituent units of these substances are amino acids, nucleotides, monosaccharides, fatty acids, etc., which are not only harmless but also important nutrients to the human body.
Biopharmaceuticals courses include microbiology, biology, medicine, and biochemistry. Biopharmaceuticals students should possess knowledge and skills in biochemistry, biochemical separation and analysis techniques, biotechnology and industrial pharmacy. They are trained in biopharmaceuticals research and production techniques and have the ability to conduct research on pharmaceuticals. Internationally, the talents engaged in the research and development of biomedical products are seriously inadequate, which has become a bottleneck restricting the development of the biomedical industry. Therefore, the employment prospects of biopharmaceuticals are very well. Biopharmaceuticals graduates can engage in resource development, product development, production, technical management, and quality control of biopharmaceuticals.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOPHARMACEUTICAL?
Biotechnology is also a discipline related to biology. However, unlike biopharmaceuticals, it is more concerned with the application of biology. Biotechnology focuses on cells and DNA to better serve people. Biotechnology focuses on copying or altering the function of living cells so that it works in a more predictable and controllable manner. The biotechnology industry uses advances in genetic research to develop products for human diseases and conditions. Some biotech companies also use genetic technology for other purposes. Biotech companies are more focused on research because they are still developing bio-related products.
Biopharmaceuticals focus on the application of biology in medicine and have made great contributions to human health. Biopharmaceuticals use biological living organisms to produce drugs. Such as the use of genetically modified corn to produce antibodies. The biopharmaceutical industry has broad prospects. Half of the world's pharmaceuticals are biosynthesized. It will be widely used to treat cancer, AIDS, coronary heart disease, anemia, dysplasia, diabetes and many other diseases. Most of the antibiotics that have been applied in medicine come from microorganisms such as erythromycin and lincomycin. Many large pharmaceutical companies are faced with a large number of patents that are about to expire and have insufficient product reserves, so they have to find new drugs from life science companies. Biopharmaceuticals have become one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Studying biopharmaceuticals will not only give you broad employment prospects but also promote the development of biomedicine.
Clinical Research Associate
Quality Assurance Specialist
Environmental Safety Technician
Common skills gained from this degree
- Ability to develop drugs
- Drug production method
- Research ability in chemicals
- Knowledge of chemical pharmacy
- Theoretical frontiers of pharmaceutical engineering