Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development

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As the world of biotechnology has grown in leaps and bounds, so too have the career opportunities. But the choices can be daunting. What types of jobs are available? How do you get your foot in the door? What will your job entail if you become a "Preclinical Project Manager" or a "Process Scientist"? What's the difference between biotech and pharma?

Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development provides a comprehensive and systematic overview of careers in the life science industry, with all their ups and downs. The author, Toby Freedman, Ph.D., has conducted interviews with hundreds of key players in the industry, who provide firsthand explanations of their daytoday roles and responsibilities, and offer key insights into how they landed those jobs in the first place. Careers in everything from discovery research to venture capital are covered in detail. Each chapter includes valuable sections on preparing yourself for a prospective career: educational requirements and personality characteristics needed; recommendations of books, magazines, and Web site resources; and issues to consider regarding salary and compensation. The book also includes interviewing and job searching tips, as well as suggestions on writing a resume specifically for industry. Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development is an essential guide for science graduates and medical, business, legal, hightech or engineering professionals. With discussions of job security, future trends, and potential career paths, even those already working in industry will find helpful information on how to take advantage of opportunities available within their own companies and elsewhere. This book will help you make wiser and more informed decisions about what role you would like to play in the biotechnology and drug development industry.

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Editorial Reviews

Chemical & Engineering News
From page one, it is clear that Freedman understands how little time most readers can afford to dedicate to even well-constructed books of this type. The book is consistently and meticulously organized in such a way as to facilitate the maximum transfer of key information. Each section and subsection is bullet-point driven, yet Freedman's 'just the facts' approach is sincere and engaging.
Australian Biochemist
[T]his book should be available in all university departments rather than held in a central library and both Honours students and PhD candidates should be introduced to it through a lecture format. It's a tremendously valuable resource.
American Chemical Society Careers Blog
Since I'm always interested in career development, and biotech is a field I don't know enough about, I thought I'd check [this book] out. I must admit I was highly impressed with the material...The first 6 chapters of this book provide general career advice, giving an overview of what is expected in the biopharma industry, what it takes to succeed, how to write a resume, network, etc. Most of the advice applies to all jobs, but some is specific to science or these industries. The advice is very good, and includes lots of details, examples, and resources for further information. Freedman provides a balanced overview, pointing out both the good and bad points of this industry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879698805
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 494,255
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Industry Overview: Landing a Job in Industry
The Pros and Cons of Working in Industry: Why Make the Transition?     1
How to Excel in Industry: What to Expect and What Is Expected of You     11
So You Want a Job in Biotechnology and Drug Development...: Finding Your Way In     15
The Biotechnology Industry Resume: Putting Your Best Foot Forward     25
The Informational Interview: Researching Your Options     33
The Biotechnology and Drug Development Industry: An Overview     39
Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development Companies
Discovery Research: The Ideo Makers     47
Preclinical Research: The Bridge between Discovery Research and Clinical Development     67
Project Management: The Product Development "Orchestra Conductors"     79
Clinical Development: Developing New Products to Benefit Human Health     91
Medical Affairs: Working in the Post-Approval World     125
Regulatory Affairs: The Final Challenge-Passing the FDA Test     137
Quality: Consistently Making Good Products     157
Operations: Ensuring that Processes Run Smoothly and Efficiently     175
Bio/Pharmaceutical Product Development: The Chemistry Has to Be Good     191
Life Science InformationManagement: The Melding of Computer and Biological Sciences     207
Business and Corporate Development: Why Big Deals Really Are a Big Deal     223
Marketing: Communicating a Message to Customers     243
Sales: Generating Revenue and Educating Customers     263
Technical Applications and Support: Getting Paid to Be the Expert     279
Corporate Communications: Communication between External and Internal Worlds     293
Executive Leadership and Entrepreneurship: The Business Builders     311
Law: Providing Legal Advice and Protecting Property     329
Health Care Finance: Venture Capital, Institutional Investing, Investment Banking, and Equity Research     347
Management Consulting: The Strategy Advisors     377
Recruiting: The Business of Matchmaking     387
Index     401
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2008

    An Excellent Resource

    In these turbulent times, uncertainty regarding job opportunities and corporate stability in biotechnology creates pause for individuals seeking to contribute to this dynamic industry. Such individuals may be recent graduates or seasoned professionals with talents spanning life sciences, business development, finance, human resources and intellectual property law. Recognizing these concerns, author Toby Freedman, drawing upon her experience as an executive recruiter and interviews with over 200 industry professionals/executives, presents a comprehensive analysis of career pathways relevant to biotechnology and drug development. ¿Career Opportunites in Biotechnology and Drug Development¿ is presented in two parts. Part one focuses on landing a job in industry. In this section, strategies are presented for finding entry into biotech, preparing a functional resume and preparing for and performing in interviews. In part two, opportunities in the various sectors relevant to biotech are presented. The book is extremely easy to navigate and provides insight on virtually all contributing components of this diverse field. In addition to supporting my insights regarding corporate structure and available career pathways, this book opened my mind to areas, ancillary to my expertise, where strong and relevant contributions can be made. I highly recommend ¿Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development¿ to both newcomers and experienced individuals desiring to participate in this exciting industry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2008

    Like reading a user's manual

    After reading the first few of chapters of 'Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development,' I couldn¿t force myself to keep reading, and so, I scanned the rest of the book hoping I would find something that would pique my interest. I did not. The book is very dry and boring and chockfull of business-speak generalities. It was like reading a user¿s manual. I expected something more interesting and exciting like ¿Bioevolution¿ by Michael Fumento.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

    A reviewer

    Comprehensive overview of the biopharma industry, July 7, 2008 By Lisa M. Balbes (Kirkwood, MO) - See all my reviews The first 6 chapters of this book provide general career advice, giving an overview of what is expected in the biopharma industry, what it takes to succeed, how to write a resume, network, etc. The second, and major, part of the book breaks the drug discovery enterprise down into its various stages, describes the role of each step in the process, and details positions available at each stage. The positions described range from those that require a PhD or MD, to those that are accessible to those with a college degree, and so on. Freedman describes the types of positions, typical job titles and career paths, roles and responsibilities, typical tasks, and relative salaries and other compensation. She also describes in detail the pros and cons of each field, how to excel in the field, and what personal characteristics are most often found in those who succeed in that field. She predicts where the field is going and what job prospects will be like, and also talks about how to get started in each field. Finally, each chapter ends with recommendations for training, professional societies, and other resources. The entire volume is well organized, with important points in callouts, and many clarifying diagrams. Anyone who reads this book will come away with an understanding of the drug discovery industry, and how complex it really is. Hopefully, they will also come away with several ideas of places they might fit into that industry, and the resources and inspiration to follow them through. Overall, a very thorough book, and highly recommended.

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