At its simplest, biotechnology is technology based on biology that harnesses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that help in improving our lives and health of our planet. This program emphasizes the development of skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to biotechnology industry and provides a knowledge of a wider range of modern biotechnology; commercialization of products and marketing, including business planning and project management and an understanding of the ways in which research and development are undertaken.
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Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as Sr. Associate Scientist, Research Biochemist, Sr. Regulatory Affairs Associate, Biotechnology Researcher, Associate Engineer, Quality Controller and Regional Manager and in industries such as Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Biotechnology, Research Organizations, and FMCG besides colleges and universities as teachers.
Organizations such as Abbott Laboratories, Baxter, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Biocon, IFGL, Bioceramics Limited, Orbees medical, Invitrogen, GlaxoSmithKline, Reliance life sciences, CTS life sciences, Dr. Reddy’s labs, Cipla, Jubilant life sciences, Wockhardt, Torrent Pharma, Cadila healthcare and Ranbaxy and Pfizer etc. hire M. Sc. Biotechnology postgraduates.
In India, successful postgraduates of the course are hired in fields of Medical Biotechnology and Agricultural Biotechnology. Medical Biotechnology is an emerging sector in India, and accounts for nearly 70% of the total revenue of the biotech sectors. The companies that populate this sector could be divided into three broad categories- small startup companies that have indigenously developed biotech products, e.g., Shantha Biotech and Bharat Biotech, large pharmaceutical firms such as Dr. Reddy Laboratory (DRL), Ranbaxy Laboratories and Wockhardt Ltd., and start-ups, which are all set to emerge as Contract Research Organizations (CROs), mainly working for transnational corporations.