Facilities Manager and Production Scientist

Mike Gehrmann
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As the company has grown I have also grown in my job. The basic skills I learned at MATC prepared me well for the challenges and changes I have seen in my job.

Prior to Biotech Degree took several courses in MATC General Studies Program

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.

What does this job involve?

Job Description and Responsibilities: 

As building manager I am involved in the operation, budget, and equipment purchases for the Novagen facility. As a production scientist, I perform large-scale fermentation operations, perform large-scale purification of products, and consult in the scale up of production from bench scale up to 200-liter production.

Commonly Used Skills and Techniques: 

I use multiple techniques on the job including: sterile technique, instrumentation, DNA purification, DNA and protein electrophoresis, microbiology, computers, use of biological hoods, isotope work, documentation and development of protocols and SPO's.

Rewards and Challenges

What do you find most rewarding about this job?: 

I feel a sense of ownership for the projects I am involved with, it's very exciting to see a project progress from inception to completion. I especially enjoy the variety and breadth of jobs I do and solving complex problems.

What is the most challenging part of your job?: 

Keeping on top of multiple tasks and a diversity of projects running concurrently.

Other thoughts: 

Daily experiences: Due to the diversity of the job, daily experiences are not always predictable. However, some areas of the job are predictable like regular monthly meetings.

Quote:  My education at Madison Area Technical College gave me excellent preparation for work in the real world.

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