BITS Biocon Certificate Program in Applied Industrial Microbiology

BITS Biocon Certificate Program in Applied Industrial Microbiology

Biocon Academy partners with Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani - a leading Institute of Higher Education and a deemed University under section 3 of the UGC act, to deliver a first of its kind Certificate Program in Applied Industrial Microbiology.

Program Highlights

The Program is aimed at improving the employability prospects of fresh science and pharmacy graduates specialized in microbiology as well as enhancing the skills of experienced scientific talent. It provides deep understanding of various aspects of Microbiology through an Intensive curriculum comprising 8 modules, delivered by the renowned faculty from BITS. The live experiments at the state-of-the-art Quality Control Labs of Biocon further accentuates the learning of the students.

Career Opportunities

Essentially, the trained microbiologists plays a very important role in different industries and thus, offers immense career opportunities in research and development and in the manufacturing processes of Biomolecules, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, and other industrial segments of relevance.

Customised Curriculum

With a customised curriculum, modules encompass vast topics like Environmental Monitoring, Process Monitoring from GMP perspective, Food and Diagnostic microbiology etc. This course is aimed at providing high end, specific training to the microbiologists, biotechnologists and pharmacists, to make them readily employable and reduce the time taken by the industry to train them on these applications.

Key Differentiators

  • Face-to-Face interaction with renowned subject matter experts from BITS, Biotech industry and academia
  • Mentorship by industry experts and experienced faculty from Biocon Academy
  • 3 hours of classroom sessions, Case study discussions, quiz, presentations
  • Functional visit to Biocon’s Quality Control Department
  • Post Classroom session and GMP training
  • Hands-on training at the state-of-the-art facility in Merck (MAT) Lab

  • Job-ready skills with 100% guaranteed interview opportunities

Key Modules

Orientation to Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Introduction to microbiology
  • Contamination (bacteria, yeast & moulds and other microorganisms)  and contamination control
  • Staining and Microscopy
  • Culture methods
  • Sterilization methods for Pharmaceutical preparations
  • Autoclave validation
Quality systems
  • Introduction to Pharmacopoeia and Quality Systems (ICH Q10)
  • Quality Risk Management System (ICH Q9) including Hazardous biochemicals
  • Microbiological Best Laboratory Practices, (USP 1117) including BSL-1 to BSL-4 (including biosafety cabinets)
  • Overview on Good Manufacturing Practices (ICH Q7a, Sep 2004)
  • Monoclonal antibody manufacturing process template
  • Aseptic process validation/ media fill studies (Sep 2004)
Environmental Monitoring Program (EMP)
  • Cleanrooms – Creation, Qualification, behaviour
  • Cleanroom classification and sanitization (ISO 14644-1)
  • Generation of Process and Facility Air (HVAC)
  • Microbiology Examination of Air <USP 1116)> for bacteria, fungi and other organisms
  • Personal and Surface Monitoring <USP 1116>
  • OOS, OOT and failure investigation
Hands on training


  1. Plating methods: Pour, Streak, Spread
  2. Serial dilution
  3. Staining method: Gram’s
  4. Sanitizer/preservative efficacy test

Environmental monitoring

  1. Air monitoring: Settle plate, Air sampler
  2. Surface monitoring: Contact plate, Swab
  3. Personal monitoring: finger dab

Bioburden test

  1. MPN tube method
  2. Membrane filtration method: Manifold
  3. Membrane filtration: Automatic pump
  4. Rapid method

Sterility test

  1. Open funnel method
  2. Canister method
  3. Membrane integrity test

Bacterial Endotoxin test

  1. LAL
  2. Kinetic &/ chromogenic

Bacterial identification

  1. Manual- Biochemical
  2. API method
Bioburden testing
  • Types of pharmaceutical waters, generation and distribution
  • Water system qualification
  • Microbial enumeration tests (USP 61) on water and product
  • Test for specified microorganisms (USP 62) on water and product
  • Guidelines & Limits For Bioburden (USP 1111)
  • Control of Non-Sterile Drug Substances and Products (USP 1115)
Sterility testing
  • Sterile drug products- characteristics and usage
  • Sterility test – principles and practices (USP 71)
  • Sterility test method development and validation
  • Sterility test failure investigation
  • Sterility test isolators
  • Sterility test of medical devices
Bacterial endotoxin and Microbial identification methods
  • Bacterial Endotoxin- Introduction and Clinical significance
  • Bacterial endotoxin test-LAL (USP 85)
  • BET of medical devices
  • Depyrogenation (USP 1228)
  • Microbial identification methods overview
  • API method
Advances in Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Overview of Quality by Design
  • Overview of Process Analytical Tools
  • Rapid microbiology Methods (bioburden, sterility, ID)
  • Validation of Alternative Microbiological Methods (USP 1223)
  • Introduction to LIMS and Data integrity
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning for prediction of Microbial Identity

Eligibility Criteria

Education Qualification

  • B.Tech., Biotechnology with Microbiology as one semester paper (Fresher or Experienced)

  • M.Sc. Biotech with Microbiology as one semester paper (Fresher or Experienced)

  • M.Sc. Microbiology (Fresher or Experienced)

  • M.Sc. Biochemistry (with one paper of Microbiology)

  • M.Sc. Molecular Biology (with one paper of Microbiology)

  • M.Sc. Biosciences (with one paper of Microbiology)

  • M.Sc. Life Sciences (with one paper of Microbiology)

Minimum CGPA/Percentage Required

  • CGPA: 6.85 and above on a scale of 10
  • Percentage: 65% and above

Adherence to the eligibility criteria is mandatory. Kindly note the same and apply only if you fit the desired eligibility criteria as mentioned above.

Program Fee & Scholarship

The Biocon Merit Scholarship of 60%-75% of the program cost offered to all selected students will enable them to pursue this one-of-its-kind program at an affordable cost. .

Student Share: INR 60,000 + 18% GST

Student Facilities

At Biocon Academy, the students have to go through a rigorous curriculum so that by the time their course comes to an end, they are industry-ready and sought after by multiple companies. We encourage them to remain focussed and excel in everything they do. For the benefit of the students, we assist them with a couple of facilities to ensure they just focus on the curriculum.

Industry Placements

At Biocon Academy, we provide 100% interview opportunities to all our students. Ever since inception, Biocon Academy has witnessed 100% placement record in all the courses and batches with students being selected for leading pharma and biopharma companies and startups.


We understand that commuting to different locations for industry training can get challenging especially when students have to arrange for it themselves. Therefore, students are provided with group transport facilities from Biocon Academy to different training locations and then back to the Academy.


Throughout the course, Biocon Academy students are provided with nutritious and sumptuous lunch at the Biocon Academy premises. They also have access to beverage vending machines for tea, coffee, and milk throughout the day.


Students come to pursue studies at Biocon Academy from different parts of the country and upon their request, we provide options of nearby paying guests and hostel accommodations based on the previous student choices. Kindly note that students and their parents/guardians alone are responsible for any decision taken regarding their stay.

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