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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Pharmaceutical roles can be very rewarding, and there's a lot of demand in this sector right now!

Pharmaceutical Role

The pharmaceutical industry plays an important role in healthcare. After all, medicines have the potential to diagnose, cure and prevent diseases and illness. This means you could be involved in saving lives and helping others every day.

But if that isn’t a convincing enough reason to get involved in this industry, below we outline our top five reasons why you should consider a career in pharmaceuticals.

1. It's extremely rewarding

First of all, working in a pharmaceutical role can be extremely rewarding. As mentioned above your work and knowledge can save lives and help others – what’s more rewarding then that!

Everything you do will make an impact. Whether this is providing advice to someone on the best remedies for their back pain or informing someone on the correct dosage for their prescription. And this means that you’ll leave work every day feeling positive and satisfied that you’re making a real difference.

What’s more, you will be interacting with patients and their families. You will be able to see the struggles people are facing and connect with them as individuals. This can be fulfilling as you see the results of your assistance first hand.

2. Large demand in the industry

It goes without saying that people will always need medication. Think about how many pharmacies are in your local area, most places will have one every five miles. The pharmaceutical industry isn’t restricted to the typical Lloyds Pharmacy in towns either, there’s pharmaceutical roles in hospitals and laboratories too. After all, people have to research, check and monitor the safety of new drugs and treatments before they are used in mainstream procedures.

Therefore, you will have brilliant job security as there are a huge number of opportunities available in the industry. This can be very reassuring, especially given the ongoing economic uncertainty in the UK right now.

3. Career opportunities

When considering what career path to take it’s important to think about the future prospects. Working in a pharmaceutical role won’t disappoint in this area and can have brilliant opportunities for career progression. There are many different paths you can take in the industry and each has room for progression and promotion.

For example, as a community pharmacist there will be chances for you to work in managerial roles or you could even set up your own business. This means that you can rest assured that choosing a career in pharmaceuticals leaves you open to a range of opportunities.

4. Salary

The average salary for a pharmacist can range from anywhere between £26,500 and £83,000 a year according to the National Career Service. This salary is above the average UK earning, another huge benefit of working in this industry. And with experience, you can expect to be on the higher end of this pay range as well.

As with many jobs, the more responsibilities you take on, the bigger pay packet you can expect. Plus, there may be opportunities to earn more than this for those who choose to manage their own pharmaceutical company or climb up the ranks in a specific area.

5. Flexibility

The flexible nature of jobs in this industry is a good reason to consider a pharmaceutical role. First, wherever you live or want to live, there will be job prospects for you whether that’s in a big city, the countryside or even abroad. Not many jobs have these prospects so it’s great if you want the freedom to choose where you work.

Furthermore, unlike many health sector professions you will have more flexibility in your work hours. While some pharmacists may have to work overnight shifts it’s also common to work traditional 9 to 5 hours at many places too. Also if you want to work part-time this would be possible to arrange.

In conclusion

If you want a rewarding job with a chance to help people every day and make a difference, you should consider a pharmaceutical role. While there may be challenging aspects to a job in the healthcare sector, it can provide you with a brilliant career full of prospects and opportunities!

This post was written by CV-Library, one of the fastest-growing job boards in the UK. CV-Library hosts over 165,000 jobs every month: from software development to sales. It also owns a range of sector specific career sites, including JobsMedical.

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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Careers for Science Graduates

Have you just graduated from university with a science-related degree? And now you're wondering what sort of career path to take? Well, here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we can help find the perfect position for you.

Of course, 'science' covers a huge variety of different fields - from pharmaceuticals to IT - and it can be difficult to decide which area you wish to work in. But that's where we come in: Hyper Recruitment Solutions specialise in pairing science graduates like yourself with the best, most rewarding science careers available.

Despite the competitive nature of the science industry, our list of vacancies is continuously being updated with new and exciting opportunities, so be sure to check our job listings regularly!

Which career path would you like to take?

Here are some of the key scientific fields we work with - use the links below to apply for jobs or learn more about these industries:

All of these sectors are constantly evolving, and each one relies heavily on the efforts of talented and driven science graduates like you. Scientific careers are in high demand due to their challenging, rewarding nature (not to mention the high salaries) - if you're not sure which career path would suit you best, why not take our quick and free What Type of Scientist Am I quiz?

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For any advice regarding science careers or job hunting, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the experts here at HRS! We are more than happy to help - contact us today.

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Biotechnology is a dynamic, ever-changing industry that helps to create solutions for all sorts of sectors, including engineering, immunology, genetics, medicine and many more. It combines biological and technological processes to create products and technologies that assist in improving our lives and the health of the planet.

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Jobs within the biotechnology industry are complex and extremely rewarding, making them very highly sought-after indeed. There's a lot of demand for graduate biotechnology jobs, so if you want the best possible chance of securing your dream job, be sure to think about the following:

Relevant Qualifications

Having a strong, relevant qualification in biotechnology or a related scientific field is imperative to securing a good job once you've graduated. Most companies will only consider graduates who obtain a certain degree classification (often a 2:1), so be sure to know what your potential employer is looking for and work hard to achieve it!

If you already possess a good degree, you may wish to consider a postgraduate degree such as a PhD or MSc before you start looking for work with a big biotechnology company. While a postgraduate qualification is not always required, it may give you a key advantage over other job seekers in this sector.

Relevant Skills

Having the right qualification(s) is one thing, but the skills that you possess are what will really set you apart from the other graduates hoping to secure lucrative biotechnology jobs. Important skills for this industry include:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Relationship building
  • Writing reports
  • Delivering presentations
  • Problem solving
  • Understanding regulations and legal matters
In addition to all of the above, good business skills and a keen awareness of what is going on in the biotechnology industry will stand you in good stead when you're applying for jobs. Employers like their workers to be able to spot business opportunities, make financial projections, and keep track of big changes in the industry.

Relevant Experience

Experience of working within biotechnology will be a huge help to your job-hunting efforts. The presence of relevant work experience on your CV will show potential employers that you have a genuine interest in the field, and that you have made an effort to gain experience before coming to their company.

Relevant work experience will also teach you job-specific skills that can be easily transferred when starting your new position, potentially saving your employer some of the costs associated with training new recruits.

Biotechnology Jobs

The biotechnology sector has a wide and diverse range of jobs available, meaning that there are plenty of opportunities to choose from when entering this industry. We at HRS are always recruiting for jobs in this field, so we're sure to have something for you.

Here are some of the biotechnology roles we advertise for:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Research & Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Bioprocessing
  • Upstream & Downstream Processing
  • Gene Therapy
  • Product Characterisation
  • Analytical Development
  • Biotechnologist
We at Hyper Recruitment Solutions have a high level of expertise when it comes to the biotechnology sector - browse our latest biotechnology jobs here.

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