This new program was developed to meet the growing needs of people interested in Marine Biology and the rapid development of marine biotechnology. It is recognized that biodiversity in the marine environment contains an extensive array of organisms including those that can withstand extreme pressures from the deep sea and others that are capable of growing at temperatures above 100°C. Marine organisms exhibit a wide range of biochemical properties and capabilities, with the role of marine biotechnologists improving our understanding of these adaptations and in turn exploring the biological potential for the development of new commercial products and services. Until that date, interest has focused on new antiviral compounds, antibiotics, anti-tumor agents, enzymes, polymers, biofuels, single cell protein, surfactants and plasmids. However, the potential is much greater, ranging from bioremediation to bioengineering.
Thus, the professional to be trained in the Marine Biotechnology program, in addition to being able to work in an academic career, can also work in biotechnology companies in multiple activities (pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, agriculture, sustainable development, nutrition, entrepreneurship). Our proposal is that students throughout their education can have a strong biological basis from the genetics to marine organisms as a whole, learn about the possible uses of natural marine products, with an emphasis on biotechnological innovations at scientific and technological level, in order to propose the Biotechnology companies with global reach.