Biotechnology, whether it is of the conventional kind (fermentation, enzymatic engineering and the selection of stem cells) or in a new form (genetic engineering, nanotechnologies, genomics and proteomics) has increasingly become an integral part of industrial processes for the transformation of matter, synthesis and the monitoring of new projects. An engineer is expected to understand and play a part in the choices made by taking account of the technological as well as the economic, ethical and legal aspects. This is all the more crucial in regard to new generation biotechnologies which, as they make it possible to modify living organisms, thereby constitute a significant cultural change and a major strategic issue. The purpose of the Minor is therefore to provide the students with a synthesis of up-to-date knowledge of the life sciences in order to comprehend how living organisms can be exploited, biotechnologies and the contribution they make to the economy as a whole.


The Minor is conducted over two separate periods during the curriculum.

  • During a preliminary stage, students are given specific training to enable them to understand and to become acquainted with the various technologies involved in biotechnology, their applications and the ethical and economic issues they raise. This training involves a series of lectures, practicals and visits to companies. The various fields tackled in this way belong as much to traditional biotechnologies as to new generation ones in which genomics and proteomics are playing an increasingly important part. Furthermore, this specific training also fosters greater “awareness” of certain aspects of an engineer’s profession that are useful in the field of biotechnologies as in many others besides (industrial property, legislation and biosecurity, the industrialization of processes and the intervention of venture capital, etc.).
  • Subsequently, within the context of individual work conducted either within a company, a genopole or a venture capital company, students are required to study a real-scale problem which will involve making use of the whole range of their knowledge and skills acquired during their training as a non-specialized engineer. The nature of this task may be varied, extending from technological watch (assessment of techniques, analysis of markets, costs and competition) to the optimization of industrial production or the use of bio-informatics. The task leaves ample scope for personal initiative and often gives students an opportunity to involve themselves efficiently in a frequently complex innovation process.

Through this initiation in biotechnology, the Minor seeks to train engineers whose managerial and entrepreneurial qualities can provide the bio-industry sector with high-level executives who have acquired the rudiments of a variety of skills which cannot fail to expand through experience in the field. Gaining access to senior positions of responsibility in an innovative sector in which competitiveness, job creation and contributing to economic growth will become vital in the years to come should be the objective of our Minor students who will find in this chosen field an opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial spirit successfully.

Program Language Duration Supervisors
French 266 Hours Arnaud Blondel
Vronique Stoven
ECTS Credits : 42

Last modification :Thursday March 7 2013