Why Biotechnology

Put simply, biotechnology is the practice of developing technology through the study of biology.

Through the utilisation of both biomolecular and cellular processes, technologies and products are created that assist in developing the overall health of our planet and our lives. We have been using the biological processes of microorganisms in the development and preservation of food products for more than 6,000 years - however, more recent biotechnological advances have been used to:

  • Fight devastating and uncommon diseases
  • Decrease and clean up our energy use
  • Lower our environmental impact
  • Create more efficient / effective industrial manufacturing processes

This has led the biotechnology industry to be segmented into two distinct markets: medical and agricultural.

Both of these markets have experienced revolutionary progress in research, business strategies and development programmes to uncover, change and create biomolecules and organisms through the use of biotechnology.

Presently, more than 250 biotechnology vaccines and healthcare products exist, many for diseases which were previously untreatable. Additionally, more than 13 million farmers worldwide use agricultural biotechnology to improve yields, prevent damage from pests and insects, and decrease their overall impact on the planet. More than 50 biorefineries are in development across North America to assess and perfect technologies that create chemicals and biofuels from renewable biomass, which assists in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Uses of Biotechnology

Recent developments in the biotechnology industry are being used to aid in overcoming some of the world’s most demanding challenges, such as:

  • Fuelling the World – Biological procedures such as fermentation and the harnessing of biocatalysts such as yeast and enzymes are used by biotechnologists to create microscopic manufacturing plants. This is helping fuel the world by decreasing the use of and reliance on petrochemicals, reducing waste generation and water usage, and delving into the full potential of traditional biomass waste products.

  • Healing the World – By using our own genetic makeup, biotechnology can guide research and save lives by developing more accurate methods for disease detection, decreasing the occurrence of infectious disease, and personalising treatments to the individual to lower health risks and minimise side effects.

  • Feeding the World – Biotechnology has helped to make crops more insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant while also enabling the use of more environmentally-friendly farming practices. This helps feed the world by generating higher crop yields with far fewer inputs, creating foods free of toxins and allergens, and producing crops with improved nutrition profiles that help solve nutrient and vitamin deficiencies.

With all of this in mind, it is easy to see why biotechnology is such an ever-changing and dynamic industry, and why jobs within this sector are so highly sought-after. Roles within the biotechnology sector are very diverse, resulting in plenty of opportunities to choose from when entering the field. Here at HRS, we are constantly recruiting for jobs within this industry, so no matter where your interests lie, we are sure to have something for you.

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IS&T Sector

Information Systems and Technology is a rapidly-growing sector and has been for many years.

Commonly known as IS&T, many different jobs exist within this field, with more and more continually emerging through the evolution and growth of the industry. From Software Development to Data Management and Cyber Security Engineering, there are all kinds of IS&T roles for all sorts of different people.

But what are the skills needed to work in the IS&T industry and to become successful within this sector?

With such a broad range of roles available, employers within the IS&T industry look for a variety of different skills when seeking out new recruits. Some may seek candidates with expertise in a specific programming language or piece of software, while others may look for a more generic skill set. Here are just a few examples...

Key IS&T Skills

  • Communication – Contrary to the stereotypical view of IS&T professionals as socially-awkward introverts who struggle to talk to other human beings, communication skills are actually imperative within the IS&T industry. This is due to the cross-departmental nature of many roles within the field, where individuals are needed to work across many groups and teams. IS&T professionals often have to supply technological solutions for individuals who lack their expertise, and they are often called upon to discuss problems and solutions in a way that’s easy to understand. Additionally, IS&T professionals are often expected to present ideas and reports to other individuals and groups within the business they work in, again requiring good levels of communication.

  • Time Management – Many professionals within the IS&T sector are required to be self-motivated and self-managed, and a huge aspect of being self-managed requires the ability to have excellent time management skills. Work may often take longer than planned to complete; therefore, as an IS&T professional, you should be able to accurately evaluate how long a specific assignment is going to take to finish and then have the ability to stick to deadlines, whether that’s on a daily, weekly, monthly or task-by-task basis.

  • Coding – Coding is one of the very basic skills that any IS&T professional should possess, as it’s a skill that the vast majority of employers in this sector look for. If a business is looking to hire a programmer, the employer may seek an individual who is competent in multiple languages. Even for roles that may not specifically involve coding, an IS&T candidate should at least have a working knowledge of the simpler coding languages (such as C++ and HTML) and an understanding of the code-writing process in order to participate in software development projects and manage things such as quality assurance. Coding, however, requires more than just aptitude with languages - it requires logical thought, good problem solving skills, the ability to utilise various technologies, and of course an extensive understanding of information systems.

  • Networking – Networking is an extension of communication and concerns the ability to gather groups of people within a working environment to share the things that they know. This is done in order to shape a system of knowledge that is bigger than the parts within it.

These are just some of the many, many skills that a candidate looking for a position within the IS&T industry may be expected to have. Some roles require more specific skills; it is therefore recommended that, before you apply for any IS&T role, you read the full job description and are aware of all the skills required.

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The CRO / CMO industry has grown a lot in recent years. If you're looking to start a career in this sector, we at HRS can help you - view our CRO / CMO jobs here, or read on to learn all about the CRO and CMO industry and why it's flourishing right now.

Contract Research Organisations (CRO)

A contract research organisation is an organisation that is contracted by another firm (usually within the biotechnological, medical device and pharmaceutical industries) to provide outsourced research services.

CROs are popular because they offer a more cost-effective solution for firms seeking to produce new medicines for large and niche markets alike. By outsourcing research to CROs, the costs of conducting a trial are reduced massively as the firm will not need the infrastructure, space or manpower to run trials or conduct research themselves. Before CROs became an established method of pursuing approval for a drug, many companies would only take action when there was a sense of guaranteed approval for large markets.

This has made research into new medicines a much more feasible and affordable prospect for the average firm, reducing their general overhead costs. CROs provide a comprehensive range of services, including:

  • Clinical trial data management
  • Quality and metric reporting
  • Data entry and validation
  • Full project management

The fast growth of the CRO industry is evidence of the drastically changing pharmaceutical sector and how companies are adapting their methods to meet the ever-changing needs and demands of shareholders and society.

Contract Research Organisations

Contract Manufacturing Organisation (CMO)

A contract manufacturing organisation also serves other firms within the pharmaceutical industry on a contractual basis, but instead of providing research services, CMOs offer comprehensive drug development and manufacturing services.

Again, this assists the hiring company with scalability and allows them to focus on more important areas of their business, such as research or marketing. Alternatively, pharmaceutical firms may outsource drug manufacturing work to a CMO if they lack the expertise or facilities required to produce the quantity and/or form of a drug that is needed to perform pre-clinical and clinical trials.

The demand for the services that CMOs offer has resulted in fast growth for the CMO industry over the last decade, and this will continue as the need for CMOs increases. There are several promising trends within the CMO industry that are likely to accelerate further growth in the near future, including:

  • Flexible manufacturing plants – CMOs can invest in flexible manufacturing facilities that are designed to accommodate the changing needs of the pharmaceutical firms they cater for.

  • Cytotoxics – Cytotoxics is an area that has not received much attention but provides an opportunity for significant growth for the CMO industry due to the implications for cancer treatment.

  • Automation – The rise of automation within the CMO industry will see a reduction in the need for continuous checking of verification labour, ensuring consistency and reliability and increasing productivity levels.

CRO CMO Industry

Here at HRS, we have expertise and experience in both CRO and CMO industries, so if you’re interested in working in either of these sectors, we can help you!

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Contract Workers

In recent years, contract work has grown to be a massively popular option for workers and employers alike. Contracting allows individuals to feel more in control and achieve a better work/life balance while tackling a variety of rewarding new challenges; it also benefits businesses to be able to take on a person with a specific skill set for a short period of time. This is a relatively low-risk option, and contractors can be instrumental in helping an organisation to move forward.

The benefits of hiring a contractor

  • Flexibility - This is probably the primary reason to hire a contractor rather than a permanent employee. A contract worker may be hired on a short-term basis and can move on easily if, for instance, the project is completed early or your budget is cut short. Contractors are ideal for seasonal businesses that peak and trough over the course of a year, and contractors who aren't quite right for your organisation are easier to replace than full-time employees.

  • Efficiency - Sometimes, a looming deadline or pressing assignment may necessitate an influx of new staff to help get the job done on time. Contracting is a great option in such situations; contract workers can be brought in as needed to assist overstretched departments until the workload eases off.

  • Specialised skills - Some projects require a specific/unusual skill set that you don't usually keep on your payroll. Many contractors possess an abundance of experience in niche areas, meaning that businesses don't have to waste time training them - they can hit the ground running from day one. Contractors are likely to be fully licensed and up-to-date with current legislation and market trends, and they tend to be experienced in a number of different areas, enabling them to bring new ideas to the table and give an outsider's perspective on your business.

  • Cutting costs - It may well cost less to hire a highly-qualified contractor for a short period of time than to train up a permanent employee yourself and keep them on the books indefinitely.

Contracting through HRS

The above is a mere sample of the many advantages that come with hiring contractors. Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we help both contractors and businesses to find the right fit quickly and with minimal fuss. Our contractors enjoy a number of benefits, such as quality representation, competitive rates, assistance with finding the best possible roles, and a wide choice of clients ranging from large pharmaceutical companies to small scientific start-ups.

As companies all over the UK (and beyond) continue to realise the benefits of taking on contractors, more and more contracting opportunities will arise.

Whether you are a business looking to offer contract work or a contract worker looking for a new challenge, please contact HRS today for expert assistance.

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