Biotech-Careers Blogs

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By: Sandra Porter

algae experiments

Biotech companies use a variety of cell types when it comes to manufacturing proteins and other chemicals. Yeast were the first microbes to be employed for manufacturing desirable products. In the 1940's, industrial microbiologists started using bacteria like Streptomyces as factories to make antibiotics . Later , when techniques for cloning DNA and creating monoclonal antibodies were invented, the types ... Read more

This article was contributed by Lisa Proulx, Public Information Officer, Great Bay Community College The Life Sciences Department of Great Bay Community College offers programs in three specialized areas in Bioengineering, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences. Information is available at (link is external) Great Bay Community College is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire, a public system of higher education consisting of seven colleges in Berlin, Claremont, Laconia, Concord, Manchester, Nashua, and Portsmouth.

GBCC student  Photo credit:  GBCC

Graduates of Great Bay Community College are working in the research labs where vaccines for COVID-19 are being developed, on the front lines where people are getting tested for the disease and in hospitals and clinics, where the therapeutics are being administered.

The involvement of Great Bay alumni in every stage of the largest public health ... Read more

By: Todd Smith

COVID Companies and what they do

To celebrate recent progress in COVID-19 vaccine development, we [Biotech-Careers.org] are updating the "employers that work on COVID-19" article that we posted last April. This post also summarizes some of our 2020 progress.* In early March we began tagging companies, in the Biotech-Careers.org database, that are working on COVID-19. Initially the number of companies working on COVID-19 ... Read more

By: Sandra Porter

MCCC graduates

Please note : This article was written by Eric Devlin, Montgomery County Community College. Mr. Devlin also contributed the photos. The photos and text in this article are used with his permission.

Montgomery County Community College Biotechnology Program alumni are among the researchers on the front line against the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ve helped develop an antibody that’s used ... Read more

By Linnea Fletcher, Ph.D. [1] and Sandra Porter Ph.D. [2]
To learn more about credentialing and the BACE, visit Biotility

[1] Austin Community College, Texas
[2] Digital World Biology, Washington

Biotility - Home of the BACE

How do human resource professionals determine if a job candidate has the skills they need to perform well in a certain job?

Imagine you're working in a company and it's your job to hire people for the lab. What if you've never worked in a lab? How do you choose the best person?

Human resources personnel use ... Read more

By: Sandra Porter

loading a gel

Please note : This article was written by Valencia College. The photos and text in this article are used with permission from Valencia College , Florida.

From the moment Naia Kasik walks through the doors of Applied Ingenuity Diagnostics, she knows exactly what she has to do as she comes face-to-face with the COVID-19 virus. ... Read more

By: Sandra Porter

Loading samples in a gel. Photo credit:  Guy Aday

This article was written and contributed by: Guy Aday, Alamance Community College graduate, BFIP Fellow , and Biotechnology Professional

My journey into biotechnology began accidentally; more of a plan B after my initial goals seemed less in line with my physical limitations following a work injury. Ultimately discovering that I enjoy the field, ... Read more

By: Todd Smith

Biotech Careers - Career and Internship filters

We recently updated Biotech-Careers.org to identify biotechnology companies that have career and (or) internship pages. Almost half (over 3900) of the nearly 8000 companies in the database have one or more "Careers" pages on their websites as of today (June 9, 2020). A company's "careers" page(s) often describe a company's team, culture, and provide links to available jobs. A much ... Read more

Posted from Discovering Biology in a Digital World by Todd Smith on Wed May 13, 2020

COVID-19 Molecular test EUAs summary
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Ending the SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 pandemic requires that we have robust diagnostic tests, effective antiviral drugs, and a vaccine. The front line is testing. As learned in the last post [1] , molecular diagnostic tests are the best way to identify active COVID-19 infections, and ... Read more

Posted from Discovering Biology in a Digital World by Todd Smith on Wed Apr 22, 2020

Molecular profile of a SARS infection
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The numbers of diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2 are exploding.* These tests detect either viral RNA or antibodies to virus particles. But, which is best? That, of course, depends on what question is being asked.

To help communicate how the different kinds of tests work, what they ... Read more