By Julie Crowley
The pharmaceutical business has been an ever-growing entity with the support of everyone who lives in an illness prone society and most of the major pharmaceutical businesses of today have been growing since the 19th and 20th century. As the industry matured, legislation was put in place to clearly identify the effects and differences in each drug available, at such a time as key discoveries like insulin and penicillin became mass-manufactured in the 1920’s and 1930’s. What this leaves us with now is a plethora of skill-based jobs within a highly competitive industry.
What are the Benefits of Working within a Smaller Pharmaceutical Business?
Over recent years the development and findings of new drugs to cure yet incurable diseases and ailments have slowed down, due largely to the fact that more easily discoverable medications have already been found. This has led to larger businesses scaling down and losing patents to more advantageous drugs
This has given the smaller pharmaceutical businesses a chance to absorb some of the responsibility and work from the larger companies and take on the riskier development of new drugs. This means they are seeking out new developers and researchers to fill their ranks with the growing workload, which is where many recently graduated students are finding work. In addition to the hiring of students that are arriving with fresh and innovative ideas fresh out of university, smaller pharmaceutical businesses are looking to take on more experienced employees that have a knowledge garnered only from seniority in the industry to take positions of supervision over the development and production of the various drugs being produced now.
With the wave of change that has crashed into the pharmaceutical industry that has forced a mass scaling down, ignoring big companies is not the only cause for action. Even the big companies within the industry have started to scale their ranks into smaller divisions.
What is there left to Achieve in the Pharmaceutical Industry?
In a world where there is medication and treatments for most any disease or ailment ranging from diabetes to blocked noses, from the common cold to chemotherapy, biochemists are still searching for cures in attempt to get closer to eradicating illness.
In many cases medication or surgery is the only option, for example with epilepsy. Epilepsy cannot be cured and even with medication 30% of patients still cannot control their seizures; in this case surgery is often the only option. Through genome projects experts are trying to garner a better understanding of epilepsy by studying DNA and finding out whether any genetic deficiencies cause the neurological disorder.
This is alongside extensive research into therapies that may help epileptic patients to control their disorder. This is a massive portion of the pharmaceutical, biotechnological and clinical healthcare work force that requires knowledgeable applicants to challenge themselves with a neurological disorder that has heavy implications on both the patient and the society the sufferer lives within.
With epilepsy and many other disorders stands an opportunity for skilled biochemists and geneticists to put a stamp on their career by aiding a cause that can positively affect thousands of individuals. It can be seen as a challenge and step closer to living in a better future.
What is the Evolution of Pharmaceutical Drugs looking like?
As previously mentioned, deficiencies within genes are being examined to find individual problems that belong to individual patients. The pharmaceutical industry is starting to find that a drug cannot necessarily fit a population as a whole, so are beginning to look for treatments that suit each patient. With this opens up another world of work as it becomes more difficult to examine a wider group of participants in any therapeutic case study, or pharmaceutical endeavour. With this approach there is a requirement for a wider force to secure the best results.
With this understanding it becomes clear that there is a plethora of jobs and prospects out there for a skilled veterans in the pharmaceutical industry to either move their career forward or try their hand at something different all together. Either way, working in the pharmaceutical industry must remain a job that aims to help people past their ailing illnesses, diseases and disorders. The pharmaceutical industry is a chance to do something moral and noble.
Julie Crowley is an author and contributor to BioTechPharmJobs since 2013.