Course English 2.5 ECTS

Upstream Process Development

Upstream Process Development

Want to gain an understanding of the theory and skills needed to make decisions related to upstream process development?

This course aims to provide participants with an understanding of the theory and skills needed to make decisions related to upstream process development and an awareness of how those decisions affect the process. Participants will be introduced to both the theory of Design of Experiments (DoE) and its use as a tool to accomplish activities ranging from process development to production.

For more details on scope, form and exam please see course base.


1. Biochemistry of Cell Growth and Physiology

A) Cell Metabolism, Growth + Product Formation: Science of cell physiology and factors affecting process.

B) Media Formulation: Media as a nutrition source, and a process input.

C) Critical Process parameters: Various process parameters and their effects

D) Modes of Operation: Overview of process modes (batch, fed-batch, perfusion)

2. Design of experiments

A) Principles of Quality by Design: QbD and other consideration for process knowledge

B) Theory of DOE: Mathematical and Statistical Background

C) Application to screening: Specific Examples/Workshop

D) Application to Optimization: Specific Examples/Workshop

3. Scale-up

A) Challenges with scale-up: Differences at “bench” and production scale.

B) Measuring across scales: Overview of various metrics used for comparison.

C) Mathematical Approaches: Example of different tools and theories behind scaling.

D) Risk Assessment: Considering Module 2B and options to mitigate risk.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Design and optimize biomanufacturing processes based on measured bioreaction parameters
  • Utilize basic principles of Design of Experiment (DoE) for process development
  • Identify the main challenges associated with fermentation scale-up and mitigate risks.

Important information 

Here you will find important information for short course participants regarding cancellation policies, location and waitlist policies.

Fee, registration and location 

  1. This course is free for PhD students registered at a Danish university
  2. The course fee for PhDs registered at international institutions and faculty/staff employed by an academic institution is 7,000 DKK
  3. The course fee for industry participants is 10,000 DKK.

To register, please reach out to Program Coordinator, Seungmi Nam ( Send your name, university or company and department.

The application deadline is March 2023.

The course will take place in the pilot plant facilities at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering on DTU’s Lyngby campus.

The AIM-Bio project – funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation 

This course was developed in the framework of the AIM-Bio project (Accelerated Innovation in Manufacturing Biologics), in collaboration between DTU Bioengineering, DTU Chemical Engineering, and the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) at North Carolina State University. The AIM-Bio project is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Course instructor



27-31 March 2023, Fully booked


In-person on DTU Campus in Lyngby