In Nov 2021, I attended the “Broadening Data Science Education for the Future Biomanufacturing Workforce” virtual meeting . The goal of the event was to discuss the unique challenges associated with educating and training future biomanufacturing employees in the areas of data science, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning. According to one presentation, an R&D World survey found that “62% ... Read more
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
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
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
One of the great features of the Biotech-Careers.org website is its biotechnology employer database. In Biotech-Careers.org, 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
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
One of the themes of the recent @synbiobeta #sbbsf17 annual meeting (Oct 4,5 2017) was the impact of synthetic biology on making new things or making old things in new ways. From cement to food, synthetic biology is causing people to rethink the way things are made. One of the most interesting ideas is the notion of using synthetic biology ... Read more
Working ten hour shifts, four days a week Jen Pachas outlined her interesting activities as a Microbiology QC Technician at an NBC2 program, including product testing, plating samples and filtration during production.