Biotech-Careers Blogs

By: Sandra Porter

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Cyberbiosecurity is a field that aims to identify and mitigate security risks fostered by the digitization of biology and biotechnology automation.

Cybersecurity is getting a lot of attention at the moment as the consequences of the Colonial pipeline hack ripple through Eastern gas stations. Biotechnology, is not immune from these problems. With it's dependence on cyberphysical systems such as ... Read more

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By: Sandra Porter

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What are core labs?

Core labs, also known as core facilities, shared resource facilities, or shared research facilities, are found in most Universities, public / private / government research institutes, and companies. They provide the infrastructure for modern research by making it possible for investigators to access technical expertise, laboratory services, and specialized instruments.

Core labs make ... Read more

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By: Sandra Porter

Biotech careers worksheet

There are almost as many ways to explore biotechnology careers as there are careers to explore. This page highlights examples from a career exploration course at City College of San Francisco and from Digital World Biology. Read more

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By: Todd Smith

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Both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines rely on large networks of suppliers and manufacturers for successfully producing, tracking, and distributing doses. This story follows the production path and careers for the people and companies working to protect us from COVID-19. Read more

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By: Sandra Porter

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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

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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

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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

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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.

MCCC graduates

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 to detect the virus in patient testing samples.

Alumni Amber Sawyer, Sean Heron and Seethal Meda are employees at the Limerick Township-based Rockland Immunochemicals Inc. , which earlier this year, developed the ... Read more

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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

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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

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

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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. She puts on her personal protective equipment, her lab coat, glasses, gloves and an N-95 mask before she sits down to begin a series of testing procedures with RNA/DNA sequences. ... Read more

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