Role of Process engineering in Life sciences in India
Better understanding the role process engineering serves in our life
It’s absolutely amazing to think of the tremendous advances we’ve all been able to witness in just the last 100 years or so.
Think about this – it really wasn’t all that long ago that the overwhelming majority of people on this planet were commuting by horse, had never even heard of an airplane, and were used to getting news and updates by radio.
Today, things have changed dramatically.
And though most of us are familiar with the major technological advances on the consumer electronics side of things, major leaps forward in the life sciences industry have been just as pronounced.
The application of engineering principles and practices to biology, nanotechnology, and the sciences of living organisms and how they operate have led to tremendous leaps forward in medical technology, in the health and wellness industries, and in helping us to lead happier and healthier lives than we would have been able to previously.
Process engineering plays a large role in these big breakthroughs.
Process engineering as it applies to the life sciences industry
Process engineers have always focused on distilling down the most complex parts of our lives to their bare essentials, stripping away every single step in the process to understand its role, its impact, and how things may be improved.
But when it comes to the life sciences, process engineers aren’t focused on breaking down the “engineering system” as they would in a more traditional engineering environment – but are instead focused on breaking down all of the complex systems inside the body or inside another living organism.
Looking at the body as an engineering project, process engineers get the chance to see how the body consumes fuel and raw materials, understand the thermogenic properties of the body, how each of the major and minor bodily systems dovetail into one another, and how information is exchanged throughout the body.
Obviously, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, but when you apply engineering processes and systems to the human body, you get the opportunity to look at things in a brand-new way. You get the chance to break down the body into its simpler and barest essentials, you get the opportunity to find ways to innovate and improve an already impressive system, and you come up with answers that may have seemed counterintuitive or nonobvious initially.
The future of process engineering in the life sciences industry
A big push in the life sciences industry by process engineers revolve around research into nanotechnology.
Process engineers (as well as researchers and engineers from all over the science spectrum) are looking for ways to create “mechanical cells” that do not have the shortcomings of traditional biological cells.
These nanomachines would be able to be programmed to deliver very specific results, and would essentially operate as digital or mechanical stem cells – performing a variety of mission-critical tasks throughout the body that may help eradicate disease and allow all of us to lead much happier, much healthier, and much longer lives without the baggage of “old age”.