Weekend takeaway: A biological, technological revolution

29 Sep 2017

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Everything you ever wanted to know about biotech but never thought to ask is here in this stellar line-up of sci-tech reading.

 1. 6 top companies hiring in biotech right now

Looking for your dream job in the biotech sector? Look no further, these companies are looking for people like you right now.

2. What is biotech anyway?

It’s European Biotech Week – but what does that mean? Here’s your guide to biotech, its history and its modern-day significance.

3. Irish cancer biotech reaches a vital inflection point

Inflection Biosciences is on the cusp of delivering groundbreaking treatments for the global battle against cancer.

4. From riches to bust: How antibiotic resistance developed in the modern world

We went from a flurry of new antibiotics in the mid-20th century, to almost none in the 21st century. So what happened?

5. Industry X.0 in biotech: Personalised medicine and the ‘batch of you’

As the biopharmaceutical industry moves towards hyper-personalised treatments for diseases, Barry Heavey asks what this means for manufacturing.

6. How IBM Research is using AI to help healthcare professionals

Not all AI will be bad for future jobs. At IBM, researchers are looking at how it can have a positive societal impact.

7. Meet the Cork start-up building the Raspberry Pi for synthetic biology

The biology revolution will be synthesised, with help from companies such as Cell-Free Tech building the ‘Raspberry Pi’ for synthetic biology.

8. SFI’s Beacon centre aims to shake up Ireland’s bioeconomy in a big way

With Prof Kevin O’Connor at the helm, the new SFI Beacon research centre is aiming to take Ireland’s bioeconomy and turn it into a well-oiled, profitable machine.

9. UL’s Dr Denise Croker on the biggest challenge in biopharma research

What is the biggest challenge facing biopharma researchers in Ireland today? Dr Denise Croker from UL has a few ideas.

10. BMS bioprocess associate: ‘It might sound cliché, but I truly enjoy my job’

Want to know what it’s like to work in the biotech industry? Hearing some first-hand experience is often the best way to know.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years