The Biotechnology industry combines pure biological sciences with processing, engineering and technological skills – hence the name ‘biotechnology’. Modern biotechnology is often associated with the use of genetically-altered microorganisms for the production of antibiotics and other synthetic compounds. Biotechnology 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.

Due to the use of biological systems and living organisms, the areas of research and development and the core science involved can be very niche and may include topics such as genetic/genome sequencing, cell and tissue culturing as well as bioprocess engineering.

The biotechnology industry is distinct from the pharmaceutical sector because biotech and biopharmaceutical 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.
Some key skill sets that we support in this sector include:
  • Upstream and Downstream Processing
  • Gene Therapy
  • Cell Therapy
  • Product Characterisation
  • Analytical Development
  • Biotechnologist
  • Bioprocessing
As with the Pharmaceutical industry, the Biotechnology sector is a vast, complex industry which involves a broad range of skill sets and key areas of expertise. This market is sometimes also referred to as the ‘Life Sciences’ sector due to the fact it involves the use of organisms and living systems to make useful products

The products generated within the Biotechnology industry can have applications in medication as well as food, agriculture and renewables.