The course is mainly theoretical and is based on selected scientific papers and patent applications. The course is taught through a series of lectures with parallel case studies and journal clubs. Patenting and use of patent literature is also taught in computer exercises.The following topics are covered in the first six weeks of the course: 1) Innovation and intellectual property rights, 2) Bioremediation, 3) Biotechnology in food and feed stuff, 4) Genomics and Bioinformatics, 5) Biomedicine and 6) Bioreactors. Innovation and intellectual property rights are taught thoughout the course whereas the other topics are concentrated in 1-2 weeks modules. The two final weeks of the course will include preparation of an individual report on a biotechnolgical topic selected by the student.