• Length:
    4 Weeks
  • Effort:
    3–5 hours per week
  • Price:

    Add a Verified Certificate for $49 USD

  • Institution
  • Subject:
  • Level:
  • Language:
  • Video Transcript:
  • Course Type:
    Instructor-led on a course schedule


Basic understanding of organic chemistry, calculus, and molecular biology.

About this course

Skip About this course

Humans have leveraged the power of cells for millennia to produce staples such as bread, cheese, beer and wine. Yet only recently have we begun to utilize cells as factories for the production of protein therapeutics.

These biologic drugs are able to treat otherwise untreatable diseases. In this course, you will learn how these life saving medicines are made.

We will connect the engineering fundamentals to real-world application by showing real pieces of biomanufacturing equipment in action and listening to experts describe real-world engineering challenges.

What you'll learn

Skip What you'll learn
  • How to engineer and cultivate cells to produce a target biologic
  • How to purify the product
  • Some of the history underlying these technological developments

Meet your instructors

J. Christopher Love
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT
Anthony J. Sinskey
Professor of Microbiology and Engineering Systems
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stacy L. Springs
Senior Director of Programs; Executive Director, Biomanufacturing Initiatives
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Paul W. Barone
Co-Director of Biomanufacturing@MIT-CBI
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Pursue a Verified Certificate to highlight the knowledge and skills you gain
$49 USD

View a PDF of a sample edX certificate
  • Official and Verified

    Receive an instructor-signed certificate with the institution's logo to verify your achievement and increase your job prospects

  • Easily Shareable

    Add the certificate to your CV or resume, or post it directly on LinkedIn

  • Proven Motivator

    Give yourself an additional incentive to complete the course

  • Support our Mission

    edX, a non-profit, relies on verified certificates to help fund free education for everyone globally