Biotech-Careers Blogs

Blogs by Biotech-Careers members are below. To view additional blogs please visit the Community Blogs page.

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

Posted from Discovering Biology in a Digital World by Todd Smith on Mon Apr 13, 2020

Growt of bio databases 2020
NAR databases since 1996. 2019 values are highlighted in red. NAR Database List

I always look forward to the Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) database issue . Typically I cover the issue in January, but I got busy, and then a pandemic broke out, so this year I'm later than usual. Through the delay viruses emerged as ... Read more

By: Todd Smith

COVID 19 Business areas

As the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to increase, so do the numbers of companies that are working on COVID-19 tests, therapeutics, and vaccines. In early March we began tagging companies, in the Biotech-Careers.org database, that are working on COVID-19. Initially there was a small number of companies. By mid March there were 57, and today - April 6 - ... Read more

By: Todd Smith

Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 - This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured i

COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 is on our minds. Each day I do a Goolge search for "COVID 19 counts." Typically I go to https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ , which is a pretty good site. Today my search led me to COVID-19 Maps and Visuals at http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/covid-19/maps-visuals - hosted by my alma mater. This then led me to Coronavirus ... Read more

By: Todd Smith

Careers and career pathways in biotechnology

Summer is about road construction. Summer is also a good time for website construction. In that spirit, we updated Biotech Careers and added many improvements in content layout and information integration. Major updates include new layouts for content and improved ways of showing related content. Other changes and fixes improve the site's look and feel. We also improved how we ... Read more

By: Todd Smith

Beaker containing green fluorescent protein

Many biotechnology products such as insulin, industrial enzymes, foods, vitamins, and many others are produced by biomanufacturing processes that involve fermentation. Green fluorescent protein (GFP) is a common model system because it is easy to follow through the process, hence it has become the "Hello World" of biomanufacturing. Read more

By: Todd Smith

3D Bioprinter

Biomedical devices combine bio-engineering with medical devices. They can be developed by integrating biomaterials into classical medical devices or be entirely biology derived as in the cases of personalized immunotherapies and regenerative medicine. Biomedical devices are ushering in a new era of biotechnology job demand. Read more