Bio-pharmaceutical industry now comes to its infancy. We are in urgent need of a great number of researchers with professional knowledge and technical skills in diseases. We want new power to join the industry and engage in new drug development.
Recently, a new anti-cholesterol medication is allowed to go public, which added a new member to the list of biological drugs. These super biological drugs can not only create amazing profits to pharmaceutical companies, but also provide a lot of positions and opportunities to young researchers, especially for those who are interested in drug development. If these young talents want to get into this industry, the first thing they should do is to temper themselves so that they can acquire knowledge and skills that are necessary for the biopharmaceutical industry. Biopharmaceuticals is a very complex medicine. It is usually extracted from organism or produced with organism, such as fungal cells like E. coli or yeast, proteins expressed by macromolecules or in living cells and other products.
A report submitted by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America in 2013 showed that 907 kinds of biological drugs are in research stage (Medicines in Development: Biologics PhRMA; 2013) in the United States only. Pharmaceutical companies around the world are also working hard to develop their own biopharmaceutical business.
Enter Biopharmaceutical Industry
In order to enter the biopharmaceutical industry, young scientists have to acquire relevant knowledge, such as neurobiology, cardiovascular disease, immunology, etc. Meanwhile, they also need to gain a basic understanding of antibody engineering, bioinformatics, next-generation DNA sequencing, genetic manipulation and many other related subjects. “Of course, young people should also have the ability of problems solving, creativity, leadership and teamwork skills”, said Monica Müller, chief scientific officer of Creative Biolabs.
Where there are more opportunities, there is fierce competition. “We recently released a batch of job posting, and received more than 50 resumes for each position in the first week”, said professor Monica. According to Charles, CD Genomics received 100 and 150 resumes for the position of primary and secondary researcher.
So how can these young researchers stand out from a number of candidates? Let’s continue in the next post.