Open Educational Resources and Biotechnology

Introductory Biotechnology with Laboratory (C-ID BIOT 101 X) and Applied Biotechnology with Laboratory (C-ID BIOT 150 X)

Biotechnology Foundations, 2nd Edition (O’Grady, 2013) (CC BY) This resource was derived from Concepts of Biology by OpenStax. It is described by the Open Textbook Library as follows: Given the broad definition of biotechnology applications and products, it is easy to see how there is enormous overlap within the fields of cellular biology, microbiology, chemistry, and biomedical engineering. It is the goal of this textbook to provide foundational knowledge to begin building your biotechnology toolkit and enter an exciting career of making a difference through biotechnology. Ancillary resources for Biotechnology Foundations – this Google folder contains the text in various formats, PowerPoints, lab activities, class activities, more. These resources are organized in folders according to the following courses offered at Austin Community College: Introduction to Biotech I, Introduction to Biotech II, and Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs for the Bioscience. Note that the Laboratory Manual located in the Introduction to Biotechnology II folder is not OER.

Lab Manual: Introduction to Biotechnology (Orange County Biotechnology Education Collaborative) (CC BY-NC, except as otherwise noted) This well-organized lab manual is housed in LibreTexts and each of the 21 labs begins by listing goals and student learning outcomes. Each lab contains useful images and highlights important equations and examples. The laboratory topics include basic lab skills and topics such as safety, metrics & measurements, pipetting, microscopy, spectrophotometry, making buffers and measuring pH, DNA and protein gel electrophoresis, PCR, ELISA, performing restriction enzyme digests and transformation, and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). This lab manual provides specific directions as to how students should organize their corresponding laboratory notebook and each lab asks students specific conclusion questions that they are supposed to answer in their lab notebook.

Biotechnology (Maioli) (CC BY-SA) This WikiBooks textbook provides an outline of some of the major topics in biotechnology including the various fields of biotechnology, an introduction to the Code of Federal Regulations, laboratory notebooks and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’S), upstream and downstream process development, and laboratory skills for a biotechnology technician. This textbook primarily consists of bulleted outlines rather than narrative text and would probably work better as an auxiliary resource for review rather than the main textbook assigned for a course.

Quality and Regulatory Compliance (C-ID BIOT 210 X)

Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs for the Biosciences (O’Grady) (CC BY) This textbook, housed in LibreTexts to simplify customization, describes topics such as quality principles, the pioneers of quality and their philosophies, quality management systems, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the drug approval process, regulation of biologics, food, and other products, and FDA enforcement. Each of the ten chapters begins with objectives and ends with summary points. Additional links to explore topics more in depth are provided throughout.

Methods in Protein Purification (C-ID BIOT 220 X)

NBC2 Resources – Not Openly Licensed

The Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative (NBC2) is a National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education regional center that has been in existence since 2005. Several NSF-funded texts have been made available by NBC2. The following resources are not openly licensed, but are freely available. The descriptions below are from the NBC2 website or the indicated resource’s site.

  • Introduction to Biomanufacturing This comprehensive textbook in biomanufacturing was written by industry subject matter experts. It contains 15 chapters is organized into five units: introduction to biomanufacturing, engineering, quality, production, and manufacture of a drug product. Request access to the affiliated Instructor’s Portal to gain access to PowerPoint presentations aligned with each textbook chapter, curriculum modules, a comprehensive biomanufacturing exam, and template Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s).
  • NBC2 Biomanufacturing Laboratory Manual The NBC2 Biomanufacturing Laboratory Manual is a companion piece to the Introduction to Biomanufacturing textbook. The lab manual is SOP-driven and follows the content order of the textbook. The lab manual guides students through hands-on laboratory activities, provides training on industry-grade equipment and introduces students to conducting experiments while following current Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Production of Monoclonal Antibodies Laboratory Manual This lab manual accompanies the aforementioned Introduction to Biomanufacturing textbook and contains flow charts, SOP’s, batch records, and user guides to direct students through anti-IL-8 monoclonal antibodies from CHO cells. It includes upstream processes, quality control, downstream processes, and equipment related to the production and purification of anti-IL-8 monoclonal antibodies.
  • Escherichia coli – GFP Core Production Manual The E.coli-GFP Core Production System Manual contains Standard Operating Procedures for the batch culture of recombinant E.coli., as well as a complete batch record for the entire upstream process. In addition, a list of skills and knowledge required for an Upstream Process technician is included.
  • CHO Cell – tPA Core Production Manual  The CHO Cell tPA Core Production System Manual includes upstream processing (cell culture) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) with batch record, downstream processing (purification) SOPs with batch record, and quality control biochemistry SOPs, including SDS PAGE, tPA ELISA, and a tPA activity assay.
  • Pichia pastoris – HSA Core Production Manual by Northeast Biomanufacturing Center & Collaborative (NBC2) The Pichia pastoris Core Production System Manual includes upstream processing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and batch record for the process controlled fed batch fermentation of recombinant Pichia pastoris. Downstream processing SOPs include tangential flow filtration and affinity chromatography using the Biologic LP system. Quality control SOPs and a competencies list for downstream process technicians are also included.

Methods in Eukaryotic Cell Culture Techniques (C-ID BIOT 230 X)

Basics of Cell Culture: A student laboratory manual (Afshar, 2019) (License not specified) This lab manual is authored by a faculty member from City College of San Francisco and was originally a component of the Mammalian Cell Culture Course-in-a-Box website where an older version of this resource can be found. The website describes this resource as follows: This course, from City College San Francisco, teaches the techniques necessary to maintain mammalian cells in culture. The course includes a laboratory exercise using mouse embryonic stem cells (takes 3 weeks to complete). Laboratory exercises provide instruction in basic techniques of routine cell culture using common cell lines before progressing to the differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells. Photographs and explanations of common equipment (laminar flow hood, inverted microscope, etc.) and reagents are provided. Laboratory exercises include the following: Basic Aseptic Technique; Media Preparation; Plating cells from frozen stock; Cell counting and plating; Survival assay (UV); Live Cell Identification; Transfection; Freezing cells; Stem cell differentiation. A student manual and an instructor manual are provided. The course is taught to high school students but the materials are also used for college students.

This page last updated 3-1-21.