Biotechnology Careers

The scenarios below are all from individuals who attended community college biotechnology programs. Some of these individuals had bachelors degrees beforehand, many did not. These careers represent a small sample of the different opportunities available to technicians in the biotechnology industry.

 

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Career scenarios

Account Manager

Biotechnology Education

Biotechnology Program: 
Madison Area Technical College
Degree or certificate: 
Biotechnology Associates degree

Employer information

Roche
Indianapolis, IN
Employer description: 

Roche is a leading healthcare company with a uniquely broad spectrum of innovative solutions. For more than 100 years, we have been active in the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of novel healthcare solutions. Our products and services address prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, thus enhancing well-being and quality of life.

cDNA Library Coordinator

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Biotechnology Education

Biotechnology Program: 
Austin Community College

Employer information

Stratagene/BioCrest
Cedar Creek, TX
Employer description: 

Stratagene is a biotechnology company that produces innovative products for life science research. Stratagene develops and manufactures a wide-range of biotechnology reagents and systems that are recognized as high-quality, time-saving products. Stratagene's product line has recently been expanded to meet the needs of researchers in fields such as neurobiology cell biology and genetic toxicology,. Stratagene was founded in 1984 and currently employs more than 300 people. BioCrest is the exclusive manufacturer for Stratagene and was established in Cedar Creek, Texas in 1999.

Facilities Manager and Production Scientist

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Biotechnology Education

Biotechnology Program: 
Madison Area Technical College
Degree or certificate: 
Biotechnology Associates degree

Employer information

EMD Biosciences - Novagen
Madison, WI
Employer description: 

Together EMD Biosciences and Merck Biosciences are the research reagents group of the Life Science Product division of Merck KGaA. Merck KGaA was founded in 1668 in Darmstadt, Germany, and now has more than 34,500 employees in 53 countries. The Novagen brand offers world-class protein expression and purification products. With the expansion in proteomics research, the Novagen brand is well placed to support scientists with tools for sample preparation and high-throughput purification and expression systems.

Laboratory Technician

[title]

Biotechnology Education

Degree or certificate: 
Biotechnology Associates degree

Employer information

Sphinx Pharmaceuticals
Research Triangle Park, NC
Employer description: 

Sphinx Pharmaceuticals is a drug discovery company that uses combinatorial chemistry and High Thoughput Screening. These techniques allow Sphinx to screen up to 100,000 compounds a day to discover the best candidates for new medicines. Sphinx is a division of Eli Lilly and Company which is a large pharmaceutical firm employing more than 31,000 people worldwide. In 1982, Lilly made biotechnology history by marketing human insulin (trade name Humulin®), the first medicine created by recombinant DNA technology.

Metrology Specialist

[title]

Biotechnology Education

Biotechnology Program: 
Madison Area Technical College
Degree or certificate: 
Biotechnology Associates degree

Employer information

Bone Care International
Middleton, WI
Employer description: 

Bone Care is currently developing and commercializing improved Vitamin D-hormone therapies for a broad spectrum of human diseases. The FDA approves our lead products, Hectoral Injection and Hectoral Capsules, for managing Secondary Hyperparathyroidism in patients undergoing chronic renal dialysis. Research is underway on Hectoral and other formulations for treatment of osteoporosis, psoriasis, and cancers of the breast, colon and prostate.

Quality Assurance Auditor

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Biotechnology Education

Biotechnology Program: 
Madison Area Technical College
Degree or certificate: 
Biotechnology Associates degree

Employer information

PPD, Inc.
Middleton, WI

Research & Development Scientist

[title]

Biotechnology Education

Biotechnology Program: 
Madison Area Technical College
Degree or certificate: 
Biotechnology Associates degree

Employer information

Novagen, Inc.
Madison, WI
Employer description: 

Novagen, Inc. is a company dedicated to providing state-of-the-art products and services to scientists in the worldwide biomedical research community. Novagen is focused on developing and commercializing advanced reagents for the isolation, expression, analysis, and purification of genes and their protein products.

Research & Development Scientist 4

[title]

Biotechnology Education

Biotechnology Program: 
Madison Area Technical College
Degree or certificate: 
Biotechnology Associates degree

Employer information

Promega
Madison, WI
Employer description: 

Headquartered in Madison Wisconsin, Promega Biosciences Inc is a leading manufacturer of specialty biochemicals used in the life sciences. They partner with leaders in biopharmaceuticals and the life sciences, and offer customers quality, experience, flexibility, responsiveness and technical competence.

Research Specialist

Biotechnology Education

Biotechnology Program: 
Madison Area Technical College
Degree or certificate: 
Biotechnology Associates degree

Employer information

University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine
Madison, WI
Employer description: 

The Department Faculty have numerous research programs with primary emphasis on infectious, neoplastic, and immune mediated diseases.They participate in collaborative research among faculty in the department, the Medical School, and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Software Development Analyst

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Biotechnology Education

Employer information

Marshfield Clinic
Marshfield, WI
Employer description: 

Headquartered in Marshfield Wisconsin, the medical clinic one of the largest private, multi-specialty group practices in the United States. It employs 735 physicians in more than 80 medical specialties and subspecialties, as well as support personnel numbering over 5,835. Marshfield Clinic encompasses 39 Regional Centers.

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