Culturing Career Success: Career Advice for Biomanufacturing Professionals

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This Expert Exchange session featured a conversation with Kelly Science & Clinical VP of Recruiting, Angela Stewart, and Kelly Science & Clinical Intelligence Director, Emmanuelle Hoarau.

Here’s what you missed:

  • Skills in demand
  • Salary trends
  • Tips for growing your career

Plus, dozens of jobs in biomanufacturing that our team is actively recruiting for. You can explore current openings here.

See below for an insights-packed summarized transcription of this event!

Summarized Transcript

The Biomanufacturing Boom

  • Biomanufacturing is experiencing rapid growth due to the increasing demand for biologics, such as antibodies, peptides, vaccines, and cell and gene therapies.
  • The market size of biologics is expected to reach $520 billion USD by 2030.

Biomanufacturing Skills in Demand

  • The specific skills required will depend on the type of drug and therapeutic area, but some general areas of expertise include cell culture, gene manipulation, viral vector use, CRISPR techniques, and regulatory affairs.
  • Soft skills such as organization, teamwork, clear communication, and resilience are also essential.

Career Growth Opportunities in Biomanufacturing

  • Biomanufacturing careers offer opportunities for growth in various areas, including:
    • Upstream and downstream manufacturing
    • Process development
    • Quality assurance and quality control
    • Regulatory affairs
  • Employees can move into management roles or specialize in a particular therapeutic area.

Staying Competitive in the Job Market

  • Continuous learning is essential in biomanufacturing due to the rapid pace of scientific advancement.
  • There are many resources available for upskilling and reskilling, including certificate programs, training courses offered by professional organizations, and online tools like AI.
  • Skill-based hiring is becoming more common, opening up opportunities for individuals without a science degree or experience in biomanufacturing.

Salary Trends in Biomanufacturing

  • Biomanufacturing salaries have increased significantly in recent years, but the growth is expected to slow down.
  • Many factors influence salary, including seniority, location, company size, company type, and the developmental stage of the company.
  • It is important to research salary ranges for specific roles.

Tips for Building a Biomanufacturing Career

  • Network with others in the field, both online and in person.
  • Stay curious and continue learning new skills.
  • Tailor your resume to highlight transferable skills, even if you are coming from a different industry, such as classical pharma.
  • Be prepared to talk about your skills and experiences during interviews.

Additional Resources

Several resources that can be helpful for those interested in biomanufacturing careers, include the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ISPE, PDA, NIMBLE, The Biotech Primer, and Kelly Science and Clinical Recruiters.

If you’re ready to take your biomanufacturing career to the next level, click here to sign up for a 1:1 with our expert Kelly Science & Clinical recruiting team!

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