Types of Biotechnology Careers

i-295a9df80131a6067e6190fd9165f8bc-bioinfo_soft_sm.gifWhat do people do in bioinformatics software companies?

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In our old conference room, in our last office, we used to have this little card on a stand, entitled “Sun’s universe of stars.” Over the years, we watched several of those stars blink out, one by one. The card disappeared, too. Maybe we got tired of marking off the companies as they went, maybe we just lost the card when we moved to our present office. No matter. Over time, the bioinformatics universe got a little smaller and colder each time another company disappeared from the universe.

But not us.

Our company was started in 1997, and we’re still standing. We’ve kept our heads, done well by our customers, and we’re entering our second decade, ten-fold bigger than we were in 1997, and intact and strong. So, in this segment, I will use Geospiza, as an example to show how jobs can be organized in a bioinformatics software company.

Admittedly, my knowledge of software companies is based on a very small sample size. Nevertheless, considering all the hype and the madness in field, we’ve done pretty well and we’re moving forward.

In our company, people work in teams. We have a management team, a development team, a sales & marketing team, and a quality assurance team, and a delivery team. Our development team has programmers, some who began life in biology, some who began in software. We have people who are interested in interface design, people who specialize in databases, IT, software testing, people with strong organizational and planning skills, and people with expertise in science. Our programmers are expected to have deep technical knowledge and strong programming skills. About a third of us have PhD’s and unlike many tech companies (at least, this is my impression), close to half of the people in our company are women.

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