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Involves making a micro-organism capable of producing desirable biochemicals not available via chemical synthesis.

Uses of Biotechnology

Traditionally brewing and dairy products, olives.

More recently
  • Medical and veterinary fields.
  • Genetic engineering - improved plants.
  • Health care products - antibiotics, vaccines, hormones - fermentation scientist.
  • Biochemical products - enzymes, vitamins, flavours, organic solvents.
  • Agricultural - nitrogen fixation, composting.
  • Metal extraction - copper.
  • Sewage and waste treatment - pollutant degradation.
  • Energy industry - generating methane fuel from sewage and effluents.


  • Bioprocess technology and development
  • Fermentation Scientist
  • Genetic manipulation and engineering
  • Protein engineering
  • Downstream processing
  • Cell Culture

Multi disciplinary

  • microbiology is the main discipline plus biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, immunology, biochemical and chemical engineering. Not a distinct discipline.
  • mainly postgraduate/PhD/postdoc. recruitment - not much for first degree people.

Major employers

There are about 450 biotech companies in the UK employing about 21, 000 employees. UK Companies account for 35% of products (drug development) in Europe & have 41% of new drug development in late stage clinical trials

Biotechnology is a rapidly growing sector with many universities doing research into the area and then setting up their own businesses. An ageing workforce suggests that their may be skills shortages over the next 10 years.

The recession has meant that some projects have been postponed. There has been a farming out of research at Pfizer and SKB to the smaller pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as they can do this more cheaply than in-house. Some of the smaller pharmaceutical companies and scientific services organisations are growing due to larger companies outsourcing to them and also new drug discoveries.

Biotechnology Links

  • The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Careers Information and Jobs in Biotechnology
  • Bioindustry Association list of UK Biotechnology firms plus profiles
  • London Biotechnology Network lists firms by sector in London
  • BioHealthMatics Good job vacancy site covering Bioinformatics, Health Informatics, Health IT or Health Tech, Biotechnology and Telemedicine Jobs.

University of Kent MRes. and MSc Biotechnology Graduate Destinations

Senior Associate Scientist (3 graduates) Pfizer Cancer Research UK PhD
Scientist Lilly UCL PhD Cell Biology
Development Scientist DNA Res.Inovation Ltd Research Assistant
London Metropolitan Univ. Lab Technician
University of Kent PhD Biochemistry (7 grads) PhD Molecular Medicine
PhD Biosciences (2) Nottingham Univ. PhD Microbiology
University of Nottingham PhD Immunology
MPhil. Microbiology Manchester Univ. PhD Cellular Biology
University of Sheffield PhD Haemophilia Bristol PhD (2)
Guy's Hospital Research Technician/PhD Biotechnology Reading University PhD Biochemistry
Queen Mary & Westfield PhD Biomedical Research Imperial College PhD Molecular Biology
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