Biotech-Careers Blogs

By: Sandra Porter

A Zika virus researcher at the NIAID Vaccine Research Center loads samples into a microcentrifuge. Credit: NIAID

Biotechnology is an area ripe for entrepreneurs. New start up companies are forming all the time in biotech driven by boundless energy and exciting ideas. In this series, we'll be highlighting interesting start-up companies and show you some of the interesting projects that start up companies are taking on.

Articles

1. Creating better hair with ... Read more

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By: Todd Smith

Scanning electron microscope image of T regulatory cells (red) interacting with antigen-presenting cells (blue). T regulatory cells can suppress responses by T cells to maintain homeostasis in the immune system. Credit: NIAID

According to a recent labor market analysis report [1], universities, research institutes, and many companies are competing for a limited pool of technicians who can produce cell and gene therapy products.

Cell therapy products include immunotherapies, cancer vaccines, and other types of both autologous (self cells; the donor is the patient) and allogeneic (other cells; the cells come from ... Read more

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By: Sandra Porter

Every photo you take,
every file you make,
every pixel you create,
every sound you fake,
every video you shake,
I’ll be storing you.

Hard drives, cloud drives, DVDs, and magnetic tape – all of these are used to store digital data but the amount of data being stored ... Read more

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Dani Pisciottano, article commissioned by Autoscribe Informatics

Running ion torrents

Laboratory Information Management Systems, also known as LIMS, are now being employed across the globe for the management of biobanks and other testing facilities. Since their introduction, the systems have been used to support and streamline laboratory operations, from specimen collection to distribution and even disposal, ultimately helping laboratory technicians carry out their daily procedures.

Functions and Features of ... Read more
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Terri Quenzer, PhD
MiraCosta College

California community college students and faculty at RATC

Guest article contributed by Dr. Terri Quenzer, MiraCosta College.

Time is running out. We need to stop global warming from heating the earth’s temperature by another 1.5 °C before it’s too late. We must do this no later than 2050, preferably sooner, and we’re already late to the party.

Race Against the Clock (RATC) is a call to ... Read more

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By: Sandra Porter

father and son

"It's all about saving Aunt Millie" – Bob Swanson Co-Founder of Genentech.

Jim DeKloe wrote this post as a guest author a few years ago. Jim is one of the most inspirational educators I know and he's the sort of person that reminds you why educating students about biotechnology careers is important. His moving story reminds me that there's ... Read more

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By: Todd Smith

T-Cell

In Nov 2021, I attended the “Broadening Data Science Education for the Future Biomanufacturing Workforce” virtual meeting [1]. The goal of the event was to discuss the unique challenges associated with educating and training future biomanufacturing employees in the areas of data science, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning. According to one presentation, an R&D World survey found that “62% ... Read more

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By: Sandra Porter

BABEC logo

The Bay Area Biotechnology Education Consortium (BABEC) has developed some wonderful materials for teaching about biotechnology careers and using the Biotech-Careers.org website.
1. View the Career Explorations slide deck
2. View the Career Explorations student guide

BABEC recommends having students explore careers and work with the Biotech-Careers.org website after ... Read more

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By: Sandra Porter

Students in lab

Many entry-level biotech job descriptions include lab experience or an internship as a requirement. But until you've gotten your first internship or part-time lab job, meeting this requirement seems almost impossible. You can't get a job without experience and you can't get experience without a job. What do you do?

Don't give up .

It may seem ... Read more

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By: Sandra Porter

What kinds of skills do entry level employees need in the new fields of regenerative medicine and regenerative medicine biomanufacturing? InnovATE BIO team members Russ Read and Thomas Tubon, and InnovATEBIO program leader Sengyong Lee, tackled this question in a new article with co-authors Gary Green, and Joshual Hunsberger.

The article discusses basic employability skills, core bioscience skills, and ... Read more

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