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1700 Fribourg
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Research Focus Areas

The BCC develops solutions for industry that address the present and future needs of our society.

The BCC has an extensive network of contacts with the major biopharmaceutical companies in Switzerland, many of which are existing clients. The BCC has expertise in the field of bioprocessing (including upstream and downstream processing), GMP operation, and specialized subjects including monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and other protein therapeutics, gene therapy, medical implants, as well as antimicrobial resistance.

This research area focuses on the development of industrial-scalable bioprocesses with living microorganisms for the manufacturing of alternate energy sources, biomaterials and other high-added value products.

This research area includes the use of microorganisms for the development of new food products.

Research Focus Area


Areas of expertise

Upstream processing

  • Microbial cultures (bacteria, yeast, fungi) in flask or bioreactors
  • Suspension cell cultures and adherent mammalian cell cultures

Downstream processing

  • Centrifugation, Filtration
  • Chromatography
  • Tangential Flow Filtation - Ultrafiltration and Diafiltration

Gene Therapy

  • Viral Vector Manufacturing

Medical implant technology

Technology transfer and scale-up of bioprocesses

Process Analytical Technologies (PAT)

Asceptic processing and Good Practice in cleanroom areas

Training Courses

  • Operator in the Pharmaceutical Industry (OIP)
  • Aseptic techniques and introduction to revised EU GMP Annex 1
  • Fundamentals of Upstream Processing
  • Fundamentals of Downstream Processing

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