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Sunday, June 8, 2008


Biotech Jobs in Cleveland

Many people want to get in on the next big thing. For Cleveland, that thing seems to be biotechnology. Those professionals searching for jobs in Cleveland may be surprised at the abundance of opportunities and initiatives taking place.

Biotechnology is usually referred to as genetic engineering technology, but also encompasses procedures used to modify biological organisms according to the needs of humanity. In 1998, Cleveland ranked 18th in the nation with 16,025 biotechnology jobs.

Biotechnology shows promise in the medicine field with pharmaceutical and genetic testing, gene therapy and cloning. It also shows promise in agriculture with improved crop yield and other factors.

According to Cleveland State University, "The biotechnology industry has been identified as one of the fastest growing industries in northeastern Ohio. This industry growth demands a trained workforce with a unique skills set. The specific skills identified as being required by these employers include basic engineering, quality control, laboratory, biochemistry and computer skills."

Apart from the major hospitals in the area that are researching and implementing biotechnology, there are a few well-known biotechnology companies in the area.

Cleveland is home to BioEnterprise, a business formation, recruitment and acceleration initiative designed to grow health care companies and commercialize bioscience technologies. The founders of the company include The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University.

Employees also may be impressed with Cleveland Biotech. Established in 1993, the company provides innovative natural solutions to the growing problems of pollution, particularly those dealing with the discharge of effluents and wastes into the environment. The company is a leader of biomass engineering and currently provides solutions to pollution control problems in the US, UK, Europe, South America, middle and far east and the pacific region.

For those looking ahead to career options, Case Western Reserve University offers an entrepreneurial biotechnology master's degree, which takes 18 months to complete, and is completed through the biology department and Case School of Medicine. The Case School of Medicine is a biomedical research center that currently ranks 12th among the nation's 122 medical schools in research funding. A goldmine for recruiting.

Cleveland State University also offers a business biotechnology certificate.



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