Marine Natural Products

Marine environment as a source of organisms and biomolecules of high biotechnological and pharmaceutical potencial
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (13 ratings)
863 students
Marine Natural Products
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (13 ratings)
863 students
Identify which group of marine organisms and which marine natural products represent the highest value in marine biotechnology
Describe the possible ways of obtaining bioactive compounds for biotechnological and industrial applications
Understand and describe all stages of the downstream processing and bioactivity guided fractionation
Explain the advantage of marine natural products as potential drugs
Define the key drivers in marine drug development
Understand the potential of marine-derived compounds as value-added products
Describe the most significant achievements and most important products of marine biotechnology sector
Identify marine biotechnology as an area of professional career
Gain knowledge about the most recent findings in marine biotechnology


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The course on Marine Natural Products enables the students to gain basic knowledge about the significance of marine environment as a source of organisms and biomolecules of high biotechnological and pharmaceutical potential. In an easy and illustrative manner, subsequent steps of the drug development process, from organism to product, will be presented. Students will learn about alternative methods which ensure the supply of sufficient amount of material for product commercialization. Then, a wide variety of biotechnological and pharmaceutical applications as value added products will be demonstrated. Students will gain knowledge about the size of MNPs global market and the trends in its development. They will also learn about the major drivers and bottlenecks determining the development of marine biotechnology sector.

Who this course is for:
  • Entrepreneurs looking for new opportunities in marine biotechnology
  • Students in biology, technology, engineering and marine science
  • Those interested in marine biotech
Course content
3 sections • 15 lectures • 1h 25m total length
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  • Course objectives, outcomes and structure
  • Organisms collection and cultivation - part 1
  • Organisms collection and cultivation - part 2
  • Engineering microbial hosts for production of MNPs
  • Chemical synthesis of MNPs
  • Downstream processing
  • Quiz 1
    15 questions
  • Introduction
  • From MNP to drug
  • Approved marine drugs
  • Marine anticancer drugs
  • Marine antibacterial drugs
  • Marine enzymes and their applications
  • Marine-derived cosmetics and cosmeceuticals
  • Marine nutraceuticals and functional food
  • Quiz 2
    6 questions

Interreg South Baltic Programme FOCUS project consortium
SB FOCUS project
  • 4.2 Instructor Rating
  • 95 Reviews
  • 4,871 Students
  • 10 Courses

The project involves five partners from Lithuania (2), Sweden (1), Poland (1) and Denmark (1). The partnership is composed of the universities and a business college. The partners are supported by associated partners (biotechnology association, association of distance and e-learning as well as tourist information organisations). The project is led by the Klaipeda University from Lithuania.

The overall idea of the project is to enable the exchange of knowledge and transfer of good practice from R&D sector to practitioners in marine biotechnology, marine/coastal tourism sectors as well as to students searching for education in a given field.