Medical applications of fermentation technology

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Fermentation, a process traditionally known for the anaerobic conversion of sugar to carbon dioxide and alcohol by yeast, now refers to an industrial process of manufacturing a wide variety of metabolites and biomaterials by using microorganisms or mammalian cells in a controlled culture environment. Fermentation can be performed in batch mode, continuous mode or in a combinatory, fed-batch mode, depending on the product of interest. Fermentation technology has long been known for the production of various medically important products such as antibiotics, solvents such as ethanol, intermediary compounds such as citric acid, probiotics such as yoghurt etc. New generation fermentation products include anti-viral drugs, therapeutic recombinant proteins and DNA, and monoclonal antibodies. Apart from the drugs, fermentation is also used for the commercial production of materials required for the development of diagnostic kits, drug delivery vehicles and medical devices. Fermentation technology remains at the heart of rapidly growing biopharmaceutical industry today, which is expected to expand even more in the days ahead, in parallel with the progress in novel, targeted drug discovery.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvance Medical Materials and Applications
PublisherTrans Tech Publications Ltd
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9783037858592
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
ISSN (Print)10226680



  • Alkaloids
  • Antihypertensive agents
  • Antimicrobials
  • Biopolymers
  • Diagnostics
  • Enzymes
  • Fermentation
  • Fermentation types and processes
  • Gene therapy
  • Hypercholesterolemic agents
  • Industrial fermentation
  • Intermediate compounds
  • Medical applications
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • Probiotics
  • Recombinant proteins
  • Solvents
  • Steroids
  • Vaccines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

Cite this

Rahman, M. (2013). Medical applications of fermentation technology. In Advance Medical Materials and Applications (Vol. 810, pp. 127-157). (Advanced Materials Research; Vol. 810). Trans Tech Publications Ltd.