Biotech-Careers Blogs

By: Sandra Porter

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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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By: Sandra Porter

Rooster

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

Cell culture technician

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

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

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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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