|What type of expertise is important in Industrial Bioengineering?|
Successful Bioengineering work requires engineers to integrate knowledge of a wide range of areas: biocompatibility, cell biology, mechanical and performance requirements, diagnostics and drug delivery, regulations. A thorough understanding on cutting edge technologies and industrial processes constitutes the supporting framework for the above mentioned expertise, since Industrial Bioengineers must be able to select and optimize the most adequate process to successfully translate research outcomes into efficient products or devices.
What sort of jobs would Bioengineers do?
Owing to their multidisciplinary background, Bioengineers find their natural placement in companies that produce items and devices for the biomedical sector. This is a wide-open field encompassing the conventional prosthesis up to advanced miniaturized diagnostic devices. Furthermore, the Master Course holds in high regards industrial engineering-related subjects, therefore bioengineers may contribute in each and every segment of the production process: from the device design and definition of the performance parameters to the management of the production line; from prototype characterization to postmarketing surveillance. Examples of biomedical related fields in which Industrial Bioengineers may be employed are:
Prosthesis and implantable devices: computer aided design of prosthesis and devices and in silico evaluation of their performances; material selection and optimization of the processing conditions; optimization of prosthesis design for performance enhancement; material biofunctionalization for device integration within the host; surface treatment to ameliorate host response.
Regenerative and Reparative Medicine: development of material scaffolds for in vitro and in vivo applications; design and implementation of in vitro culturing conditions (including bioreactors, mass transport efficiency, mechanical stimulation); development and implementation of functional biologic/synthetic interfaces.
Nanomedicine: formulation and production of nanoengineered vectors and devices for targeted therapy and advanced diagnosis; in vitro vector testing; performance improvement of contrast agents; developing strategies for reducing potential side effects.
Pharmaceutics, Cosmetics and Nutraceutics: design and production of polymeric carriers for drug delivery; development of macromolecular fillers or additives for cosmetics; development of three-dimensional biomimetic constructs as living models for drug/cosmetic screening and discovery; models for tissue/organ development or pathogenesis.
Miniaturized devices for diagnostics and therapeutics: sensors engineered for the point-of-care shift (early diagnosis, minimal residual disease assessment, molecular analysis and single cell analysis, controlled drug delivery and targeted therapy)
Furthermore, owing to the highly innovative contents of the Master Course in Bioengineering at the forefront of research and technology, students will be suited to start careers in Academy and Education.