AB - Applied Biosciences

The training programme offered by the School of Engineering of the HES-SO Valais-Wallis features a well-balanced combination of lectures and laboratory applications. Students are trained to develop a broad vision of industrial projects: from market research to the regulatory aspects through technical developments.


The Applied Biosciences major covers the following subjects:

  • Step into the booming domain of sustainable biotechnology and explore the strategies and technologies that are paving the way to an oil-free, cleaner and more ethical future.
  • Develop novel analytical tools for the diagnostic industry. Discover advanced ways of running processes using the most recent developments in Process Analytical Technologies (PAT).
  • Gain a deep understanding of the pharmaceutical industry process from the discovery to the manufacturing of drugs.
  • Acquire knowledge into the rapidly developing field of genome analysis and understand how gene functions and dysfunctions are related to diseases.
  • Discuss real-world cases of Quality Management and Regulatory Affairs and get expertise in these crucial fields for industry.

Cluster-specific modules

Module descriptions and further information are available on MSLS Community Centre.


Compound Profiling in Pharmaceutical Drug Discovery 3AutumnOlten
BP2Drug Formulation and Delivery for Solid Dosage Forms 3AutumnOlten
BP3Design of Biopharmaceutical Production Facilities 3AutumnWädenswil
BP5Physiology and Immunotherapies 3SpringBern
BP6Tissue Engineering for Drug Discovery 3SpringOlten/Bern


Additional Offer from other Clusters

Module descriptions and further information are available on MSLS Community Centre.

BECS1Modelling of Complex Systems 3AutumnOlten
C2Surface Characterisation 3AutumnOlten
C4Green Chemistry 3SpringOlten
C5Chemistry and Energy 3SpringOlten
F2Nutrition and Nutrition Related Chronic Diseases 3AutumnOlten



Dr Simon Crelier
Lecturer for Biotechnology since 2003.
Competences in downstream processing, process engineering, microencapsulation, biogas production, micropollutant removal, biocatalysis and enzyme technology.
Dr Fabian Fischer
Lecturer for chemistry and biotechnology since 2002.
Competences in biofuel cells, enzyme catalysis, and functional polymers.
Coordinator of module S11.
Dr Urban Frey
Head of Master in Life Sciences.
Competences in analytical chemistry, hyphenated mass spectrometry techniques, trace contaminants.
Dr Alain-François Grogg
Lecturer for engineering in physical chemistry, and phytoanalytic since 1995.
Competences in pharmacognosie, phytoanalysis, and bioactive natural products.
Dr. Gerrit Hagens
Lecturer for cell biology and bioengineering using mammalian cells since 2017.
Competences include mammalian cell line and manufacturing process development for originators and biosimilars, monoclonal antibody- and cell-based therapies.
Dr Franka Kalman
Lecturer for Analytical Chemistry since 2010.
Competences in analytical chemistry of organic, inorganic and bio-molecules (LC, CE, MS, sample preparation, method validation, In Process Control, Release, Process Mapping).
Coordinator of module BP7.
Marc Mathieu
Lecturer for Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Competences in Peptide and Protein Synthsis and Analysis.
Dr Origène Nyanguile
Lecturer for General and Bio-organic Chemistry since 2010.
Competences in antiviral drug discovery, virology, infectious diseases and peptide therapeutics.
Coordinator of module S23.
Dr. Andreas Peer
Lecturer for medicinal and organic chimistry since 2019.
Dr Marc Pfeiffer
Lecturer for Bio-analytical Sciences since 2009.
Competences in Molecular Diagnostics and Immunodiagnostics to include assay automation & miniaturization solutions for the medical in-vitro diagnostics (IVD).
Coordinator of module BP4 and of module S10.
Dr Umberto Piantini
Lecturer for organic and structure elucidation since 1990.
Competences in authentification of foods & elemental analysis and in methods validation according to ISO 17025.
Dr Sergio Schmid
Lecturer for molecular biology since 1993.
Competences in the development of microbial recombinant protein and peptide production and in the development and validation of qPCR methods (ISO17025 accredited laboratory) for the detection of micro-organisms and for the analysis of gene expression.
Dr Bruno Schnyder
Lecturer for Cell biology and Microbiology since 2008.
Competences in Immunology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiocidal and Bioactivity testing Research.
Coordinator of module BP5 and module S08.
Dr Jean-Manuel Segura
Lecturer for chemistry since 2008.
Competences in biophysics and bioanalytics, in particular in the development of bioanalytical assays and biosensors for in vitro diagnostics, for biotechnology and for food technology.
Coordinator of module S24.
Dr Mannfred Zinn
Lecturer for Bioprocess Engineering since 2011.
Competences in Bioprocess Engineering, Environmental Biotechnology, and Biomaterials.