Biomaterials

Some biotechnology companies make new products by researching or chemically modifying biological materials.   Red algae, for example, make fluorescent molecules that can be used in diagnostic tests.

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These are entry-level positions for people with a high school diploma. Other titles for this position are aseptic fill assistant, cell culture and fermentation assistant, cell lab operator, manufacturing operator, media preparation assistant, packaging and filling inspector, production assistant ... Read more

Upstream processes are those in which biological materials are either obtained from an outside source or inoculated and grown in culture, under controlled conditions, to manufacture certain types of products.  
Downstream processes are those in which the products are harvested, tested, ... Read more

Process Development Associates evaluate biomanufacturing processes, improve them, and scale them up for larger batches of materials. Their goals are to improve product yield and reduce overall costs of production. In addition to scaling up to produce larger amounts, these associates also work on ... Read more