Industrial Biotechnology: A Future Source of Biomedical Engineering Jobs?

The chemical industry is interested in the application of biotechnology as a substitute for the energy intensive and environmentally unfriendly traditional chemical processes used to create bulk chemicals. This interest if translated to production would likely dwarf the pharmaceutical industry in terms of product volume. The reason for the interest is the efficient manner that the enzyme systems within the microorganisms go about their work. Since enzymes systems are optimized to their cellular environment it would seem likely that early applications of this technology would follow the path taken by the pharmaceutical firms and use bioreactors to grow the appropriate microorganism. Given the quantities of product needed there would likely be a very strong interest in engineers and engineering graduates that can design and optimize bioreactors in the future. More Biomedical Engineering programs should keep an eye on this area.  Students interested in Biomedical Engineering may also wish to research this area.  Some programs have seen the light and already have specialties, or track that address this area.

See Producing Bio-Based Bulk Chemicals Using Industrial Biotechnology Saves Energy and Combats Climate Change

See Industrial Biotechnology Journal


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2 thoughts on “Industrial Biotechnology: A Future Source of Biomedical Engineering Jobs?

  1. It is unlikely that you would “assist” the surgeon as a student. A student might be able to get an assignment in the surgical suite to watch if their internship or co-op experience allows it. The chances are probably not very good because surgeons in the U.S. are very careful about who they allow in the surgery suite during a surgery. There are legal issues if something goes wrong. There is no harm in asking of course.

    You might assist a surgeon as part of your job as a Product Development Engineer if they are using the equipment for the first time or in a clinical trial.

    You would assist a surgeon if you were a surgical assistant or nurse with training in the use of laser technology but that is a medical career not engineering career.

    As a BMET you could potentially help install and maintain the surgical equipment. The only other time you would see it during surgery is when it stops working. Then you get some adrenalin drenched time in the surgical suite to either replace it or try to fix it in place while the entire surgical team watches. If you like moments of intense pressure attempting fix or replace precise equipment sporadically mixed in to your job, a BMET position might be for you.

    Since you appear interested in surgery you might also want to look into the area of robotic surgical technology if you have a strong mechanical engineering background.

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  2. Does BME student can explore avenues in clinical side,like assisting surgeon in theatres where Laser technology used in surgeries?

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