CSIR-IMTECH workshop on fermentation basics

NITISH K SINGH New Delhi | Updated on January 17, 2020 Published on January 17, 2020

The CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) conducted a five-day workshop on the fundamentals of Fermentation Process Development.

The workshop immensely helped participants acquire fundamental understanding of the relationship between process design and product quality in fermentation. Twenty one participants from different academic and research institutes as well as from industry were part of this workshop, which started from January 13 and concluded on January 17. This workshop, apart from building the knowledge base of participants on the subject, is likely to help increase employability and entrepreneurial potential of the participants in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Dr. Anirban Roy Choudhury, the co-ordinator of the workshop, said that the participants were given hands-on training in pilot-scale fermenters. The participants were given exposure to critical process parameters needed to achieve a robust fermentation process. The major topics covered during the workshop included microbial cell growth and product formation kinetics, the critical components of an industrial bioreactor, and scale-up and downstream processing of fermentation processes. The participants were mentored by the experts in the area of biochemical engineering.

The workshop was organized by the Biochemical Engineering Research and Process Development Centre (BERPDC) under its ‘Skill Development’ mandate to impart and upgrade skills of the young researchers and students in Fermentation Technology.

Dr Sanjay Kumar, Director, CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT), Palampur, who was also the chief guest, inaugurated the workshop on January 13 and Prof U. C. Banerjee, Head, Pharmaceutical Technology, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Mohali, gave the inaugural lecture on “Mass transfer in bioreactors”.

Dr Manoj Raje, Acting Director, CSIR-IMTECH, while welcoming the participants gave a brief background of CSIR-IMTECH & BERPDC and said, "The major objective of the workshop will be to impart training on fermentation principles and engineering fundamentals of growing microorganisms in a bioreactor to express industrially important biomolecules."

CSIR-IMTECH, established in 1984, is a national centre for excellence in microbial sciences. IMTECH’s vision is to discover and develop translational products and new drugs to address key unmet medical needs.


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Published on January 17, 2020
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