INDUSTRIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY is a program offering students science credit through an appied science education, to prepare them for entry level positions in the cutting edge industry of Biotechnology. The coursework will focus on developing science and bio-technical skills that are current and in demand for this rapidly growing occupation. This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers.
What is Industrial Biotechnology?
Industrial biotechnology is one of the most promising new approaches to pollution prevention, resource conservation, and cost reduction. It is often referred to as the third wave in biotechnology. If developed to its full potential, industrial biotechnology may have a larger impact on the world than health care and agricultural biotechnology. It offers businesses a way to reduce costs and create new markets while protecting the environment. Also, since many of its products do not require the lengthy review times that drug products must undergo, it's a quicker, easier pathway to the market. Today, new industrial processes can be taken from lab study to commercial application in two to five years, compared to up to a decade for drugs.
The application of biotechnology to industrial processes is not only transforming how we manufacture products but is also providing us with new products that could not even be imagined a few years ago. Because industrial biotechnology is so new, its benefits are still not well known or understood by industry, policymakers, or consumers.
From the beginning, industrial biotechnology has integrated product improvements with pollution prevention. Nothing illustrates this better than the way industrial biotechnology solved the phosphate water pollution problems in the 1970s caused by the use of phosphates in laundry detergent. Biotechnology companies developed enzymes that removed stains from clothing better than phosphates, thus enabling replacement of a polluting material with a non-polluting biobased additive while improving the performance of the end product. This innovation dramatically reduced phosphate-related algal blooms in surface waters around the globe, and simultaneously enabled consumers to get their clothes cleaner with lower wash water temperatures and concomitant energy savings.
Biotechnology is essential to our modern world. According to the Biotechnology Industry Organization, it is responsible for providing the products and technologies necessary to combat disease, protect environmental resources, and feed and fuel civilizations. This includes more than 250 biotechnology healthcare products and vaccines as well as the agricultural biotechnology used by more than 13.3 million farmers around the world. Within the industry, STEM professionals find a wide variety of employment opportunities. The following are among the highest paying according to recent data from a major pay-aggregating website.
The actual annual salary for any biotechnology job will vary based on a number of factors. These include industry (pharmaceutical or manufacturing, for example), company size, geographic location, and the professional’s experience and educational level. However, the last salary report released by BioSpace stated that earnings are rising throughout the biotechnology sector. Reported salaries for all positions in the BioSpace candidate pool increased an average of 8 percent from 2010 to 2012. Continued economic improvements have likely already led to additional salary increases.
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