Growing need for qualified engineers in pharmaceutical biotechnology


Pharmaceutical biotechnology or medical biotechnology is a relatively new and growing field

We have entered an era of discovery in biology unprecedented in human history. Over the past decades, researchers have developed cell biology techniques or tools to analyze genomic, proteomic or metabolomic data, which launch us into a better understanding of the fundamental processes of life on Earth.

Biotechnology, an interdisciplinary approach, combines various disciplines such as computer science, pharmacy, genetics, microbiology, virology, etc. and offers tremendous opportunities in different sectors such as health, agriculture, industry and environment. One of the key areas where biotechnology joins forces with pharmacy is the preparation of new vaccines and drugs.

Pharmaceutical biotechnology or medical biotechnology is a relatively new and growing field targeted for the production of drugs and pharmaceuticals for the treatment and diagnosis of disorders, the design of organisms for the manufacture of antibiotics and vaccines, the engineering of genetic defects by genomic manipulation or forensic use by DNA profiling.

A recent product of pharmaceutical biotechnology 0 is the COVID-19 coronavirus mRNA vaccines which have triggered an immune response against infectious diseases and saved millions of lives. In recent years, the number of new approved molecular entities (NMEs) and new biological license applications (BLA) from emerging biopharmaceutical companies has increased.

Pharmaceutical biotechnology is the study of pharmaceuticals from conception to delivery and, as a result, jobs are available for professionals and production workers. Some of the major pharmaceutical giants are Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, GSK, J&J, Merck, Novartis, etc. The majority of scientific jobs offer an average salary of $ 75,000 to $ 110,000 per year and are considered to be the highest paying industry for medical scientists in India and abroad.

India’s biologics economy is valued at $ 7 billion and is expected to grow to $ 12 billion by 2025. Some of the government initiatives encouraging biotechnology research include increasing participation between educational research and research. industry through BIRAC (Biotech Industry Research Assistance Council), fund early-stage research with small Business Innovative Research Initiative (SBIRI), a partnership program with the biotechnology industry focused on the creation of intellectual property property is retained by Indian industry etc.

Collaboration of academic institutions with the biopharmaceutical industries can provide adequate exposure and practical experience for undergraduates on the specific needs of their future roles as a manager, scientist or engineer.

The main recruiters in the public and private sectors include health consulting firms, hospitals and clinics, pharmacies, medical schools and universities, research agencies, genetic engineering companies, sales companies, etc. .

An aspiring pharmaceutical biotechnology engineer has a variety of options such as a drug inspector, medical writer, quality control program manager, clinical research associate, pharmaceutical biotechnology scientists, etc. Here are some great options for students to check out:

Project Manager: Responsible for determining the project scope, schedule, budget, procurement and research of the overall process development for new drugs and drugs, medical equipment, risk assessment and capacity to all stages of technology transfer.

Searcher: They conduct research related to drug discovery, targeting, development and testing of drugs and conduct research in various areas of pharmaceutical biotechnology.

Research analyst: He is responsible for market research in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare industry worldwide and obtains quantitative and qualitative information to forecast future growth and understand customer needs.

Associated with the development of formulations: They are involved in the production and execution of new processes, products and drug formulation and provide technical assistance to the team

Associated with drug safety: Test, evaluate and confirm drug safety and ensure that no adverse conditions occur in patients by performing a risk benefit analysis.

Eligibility criteria

(UG): level 10 + 2 from a recognized school board. Some colleges organize entrance exams and test students’ knowledge of science subjects

(PG): Baccalaureate such as B.Pharm or similar with 50% aggregate.

Dr Neeraj Mahindroo, Dean, School of Health Sciences, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun


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