UAB School of Health Professions Current News
- Created on February 17, 2012
Have a science background but need to learn the business side to get a product from the bench to the market? The UAB Biotechnology program prepares you for the knowledge and unique skills required for a career in this exciting industry. And students get the opportunity to work on real projects with the UAB Research Foundation as well as biotechnology companies during the three semesters of course work.
“These students develop technology and products that are marketable,” said Kathy Nugent, Ph.D., director of the Biotechnology program in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. “Many researchers are great at doing research or inventing products, but they don’t have the business sense. Our students have to know how to get the product from the bench to the market.”
Biotechnology is in growing demand in the workforce for this type of training.
“The time it takes to transition from a product from the bench to the market is on average 20 years,” said Nugent. “Today’s biotechnology companies have matured to the point that there is a growing demand in the workplace for employees specifically trained for this industry.”
Recent graduates have received jobs at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Ala., Omega Biotech, Inc. in Atlanta, Russo Partners, LLC in New York and Alpha Tec Systems in Vancouver, Wash.