Careers

Achieving Success with a Life-Sciences Start-Up Company

If you are an ambitious life-science professional seeking to create the next big innovation, starting your own company can enable you to share your ideas with the rest of the world. Opportunities abound within the industry, as shown by the frequent innovative breakthroughs that drive our professional lives. However, although you may be an expert within your industry, it takes careful planning and specialized knowledge of the business world to channel your expertise into a successful new company. Here, you’ll…

Professional Attire Guidelines for Bioprocessing

The global biotechnology industry has undergone a significant period of growth over the past three to four years. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the size and importance of an already growing sector, compounding the responsibility that falls on developers and manufacturers to deliver products that are uncontaminated and safe. Ensuring compliance with industry regulations is essential to safety, and professional attire for laboratories and cleanrooms is an integral part of adhering to standards. Biomanufacturing businesses often handle living cells, cell components,…

BioProcess Insider Interview: Andrew Mears, Chief Executive Officer, Lead Candidate

Despite the overall growth of the biopharmaceutical industry, talent shortages remain a problem across organizations from product manufacturing to research and development. According to Mears, shortages have occurred because the industry has failed to keep pace with the changes that people are seeking in their careers. More often than not, Mears said, managers enter the hiring process without a strategy for communicating with prospective candidates. Companies can improve their hiring processes by marketing themselves appropriately and ensuring that they are…

BioProcess Insider Interview: Emmanuel Ligner, Chief Executive Officer, Cytiva

Cytiva created its Biopharma Resilience Index about three years ago during the COVID-19 pandemic to better understand industry needs and trends. According to Ligner, the most recent survey asked about 1,250 executives at biopharmaceutical companies about how they rate the resilience of the industry in five important categories: supply chain, research and development (R&D), manufacturing agility, regulation, and talent. The feedback that Cytiva has received enables it to assess industry needs on a global scale. The data also inform the…

Building a Biotechnology Business While Helping Women Shine

Women make up a significant percentage of the people who have established careers in the biopharmaceutical industry. However, the industry still needs to work toward creating equal representation in C-suite positions and helping women entrepreneurs start their companies. We also need to increase women’s overall representation among leading companies, with women sitting on boards of directors and making important decisions. We need to have more conversations about promoting women into leadership and positions of power. It is hard to believe…

Biopharma 4.0 — the Talent Evolution

Biopharma 4.0 refers to applications of data and digital technologies to biotherapeutic manufacturing. Technological advances now enable the internet and its embedded systems to serve as a nucleus through which biomanufacturers can integrate production lines and processes across organizational boundaries, thereby forming a networked and agile value chain. Solutions under the industry 4.0 umbrella include • platforms for “smart” manufacturing made possible by the internet of things (IoT) • artificial intelligence (AI) • systems for process automation • technologies for…

Learning Management: Evaluation of Retraining Risk at Indian Pharmaceutical Companies

Human medicinal product manufacturers face complexity and uncertainties regarding operational performance. Effective training management plays a major role in support and implementation of a pharmaceutical quality system. The minimum regulatory requirement is to employ adequately trained personnel with sufficient knowledge, skills, and experience. Software-based e-learning training methods are used widely across pharmaceutical companies. Achieving quality compliance depends significantly on several factors, from training preparation to assessments. To comply with the current regulatory requirements, pharmaceutical companies need to implement learning management…

The Talent Enigma in Digital Biomanufacturing

Demand for talent in the biopharmaceutical industry already had been climbing before the COVID-19 pandemic, showing an increase of 26% from 2018 to 2020. By the end of 2021, a further 32% surge was observed in the United States and Europe, against a 10% rise in the supply of expertise. Bolstered at first by the need to manufacture SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and therapeutics and now by the threat of new pandemics, current market drivers include increases in investment, initial public offerings…

Delivering the Digital Skills Needs of the Bioprocessing Sector: Realizing the Vision of Industry 4.0 for Your Organization

As the bioprocessing sector marches toward the future, digitalization stands at the heart of the Industry 4.0 vision of smart, self-organizing factories. Along with critical success factors such as infrastructure investment in cloud-based technologies, digitalization enables companies to turn data into intelligence. The realization of Industry 4.0 promises digitally integrated facilities with fully automated manufacturing, real-time traceability, standardized procedures, and agile processes (1, 2). Here, we present the results of a benchmarking survey that drew participation from leading biopharmaceutical companies.…

The Best Places to Work in Biotech: Perspectives on Job Satisfaction in the Biopharmaceutical Ecosystem

In late spring of 2022, the combined BPI editorial and marketing teams sent out a “Best Places to Work in Biotech” survey to BPI readers. Similar surveys appear every year from a number of other organizations. Our focus was less data driven than many others, instead inviting commentary on factors that are becoming essential to job satisfaction and employee retention. One strong conclusion to draw from our reader responses is that people in biopharmaceutical careers want to play a key…