Biotech-Careers Blogs

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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 , which is a pretty good site. Today my search led me to COVID-19 Maps and Visuals at - 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

Posted from Discovering Biology in a Digital World by Todd Smith on Fri May 03, 2019


In early April 2019, the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB, Settle WA) hosted its 18th annual symposium. This year's theme focused on translational biology, which is the practice of commercializing research discovery. Over the two-day symposium, the audience was informed about the latest in the research and development of new products for fighting cancer with immunotherapy and combating research to ... Read more

By: Sandra Porter

Plant tissue culture is used by many companies and nurseries to propagate plants in a disease-free environment. Technicians who work in this area use many biotechnology skills.

If we look at the career description for plant tissue culture technicians , we can see they work in companies and nurseries to propagate plants in a sterile environment. There ... Read more

By: Todd Smith

Biotech Companies that work on biomedical devices

One of the great features of the website is its biotechnology employer database. In, biotechnology (biotech) employers are companies and other organizations that are engaged in life sciences research, develop drugs and products, or provide services. Biotech is thus defined broadly to capture the breadth and depth of the industry. This broad definition is also used because students ... Read more

Posted from Discovering Biology in a Digital World by Todd Smith on Wed Jan 23, 2019

Growth of NAR BioDBs
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 . It's a great way to learn what people are interested in and learn something new. Its also fun to count the number of databases, because each way they're counted, a ... Read more

By: Todd Smith

Automated pipetting

Biotechnology manufacturing is changing from a one-size-fits-all paradigm to single batches of individualized therapeutics and tissues that are tailored to individuals. The new manufacturing processes require large numbers of technicians, which is increasing biotech employment opportunities. The Skills for Biomedical Emerging Technology Applications (NSF-ATE DUE #1800909) is a three-year endeavor to develop education recommendations for the next generation ... Read more

Posted from Discovering Biology in a Digital World by Todd Smith on Wed Dec 05, 2018

Immunoprofiling sample preparation

As previously discussed , immunoprofiling is the quantitative measurement of antigen receptors (ARs; antibodies or T-cell receptors) in a sample. Massively parallel (NextGen) DNA sequencing is a commonly used method for this purpose because receptor diversity can be quickly and cost-effectively measured with the added benefit that individual receptors can be quantified.

AR diversity is a ... Read more