About the Video

Biotechnology for translators

This webinar on biotechnology for translators prepared by Dr Edward Zanders provides a basic background to biotechnology for translators, who have no specific training in this subject, but who encounter it in their work. The subject involves the manipulation of living organisms to produce useful products such as industrial chemicals and medicines. The webinar covers fermentation technology and the genetic modification of cells using recombinant DNA technology. A list of resources are provided to allow participants to explore this subject in greater detail.

Dr Ed Zanders holds a PhD in biochemistry and has been involved in research in both industry and academia for over thirty years. He founded the training and consultancy company PharmaGuide Ltd to offer courses and webinars on the drug discovery industry to a number of client groups, including translators.

This video contains:

  • Overview of biotechnology, its origins and purpose
  • How living systems are used to produce small molecules and large recombitant problems
  • Terminology
  • Reference material for further reading


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Dr Edward Zanders


56 min.

Who should watch it?

Both new and established translators interested in biotechnology and scientific translation.

What are the benefits to you?

With this video, you will gain a basic background in biotechnology that will help you tackle translations in this field.

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  1. Maia Figueroa

    We have collected some of the comments from the webinar viewers from the previous site. Here they are!

    The webinar was very comprehensive, but will need to watch it again in order to take in all the information! Thank you again for a very informative session.

    Great presentation, useful resources. Much data to go further.

    I particularly appreciated the references to the Latin/Greek derivations of words as I find this helps me remember meanings.