The biotechnology industry combines pure biological sciences with processing, engineering and technological skills – hence the name ‘biotechnology’. Scientists in this sector often use genetically-altered microorganisms to produce antibiotics and other synthetic compounds. Biotech companies may vary in the type of microorganisms they use (E. coli or yeast, for example) and whether they produce products from mammalian, plant, insect, bacterial, fungal or stem cells.
Biotechnology careers can be quite niche, utilising a wide variety of biological systems and living organisms. Common areas of focus include genetic / genome sequencing, cell and tissue culturing, and bioprocess engineering.
The biotechnology industry is distinct from the pharmaceutical industry because biotech companies produce larger and more diverse biological molecules such as recombinant proteins, antibodies, antigens, vaccines, enzymes and DNA-based molecules. They will typically address targets that a small-molecule pharmaceutical company cannot.
Biotechs can manufacture existing medicines in a cheaper and easier manner than some pharmaceutical companies, and due to recent advances in gene therapies, they will be responsible for the breakthrough of many new drug targets to come.
We recruit for a range of biotech careers, including: