The Graduate Program in Industrial Biotechnology (GPIB) began in 1994 with a MSc degree course, and from 2000 a PhD course was also offered. From the beginning, the GPIB sought to train highly qualified professionals, offering an interdisciplinary training, necessary in the field of biotechnology. The program has gained support and recognition due to the vast experience of its faculty in the field of biochemical engineering and biotechnology applied to biomass conversion processes. In fact, the GPIB always counted on the majority of professors of the Department of Biotechnology of the Engineering College of Lorena, whose activity in the area of bioenergy dates back to its foundation, when it was determinant in the scientific and technological development of the national program for fuel alcohol.

The quality of the activities developed in the GPIB quickly gained national and international recognition, attracting students from all regions of Brazil and from different countries. Until September 2018, the GPIB formed 196 Masters and 126 Doctors. The graduates of the program have been readily absorbed by the labor market, both nationally and internationally, acting as prominent professionals in the areas of research and technological development in the public and private sectors.

The initial research themes related to the development of the GPIB were naturally associated with the areas of biomass conversion and applied microbiology. The advancement of the program over the years has allowed the incorporation of new areas of activity, including environmental biotechnology and, more recently, functional genomics and genetic engineering of plants and microorganisms, as well as the design of reactors and the computational simulation of bioprocesses.

Brief history of GPIB and linking with evaluation areas at CAPES