BIOTECHNOLOGY

Biotechnology is human ingenuity at its best; it’s humanity’s highest art form.

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Photo by CDC on Unsplash

The study of human psychology offers many explanations for why human beings take the time to make art. It allows for one to express deep emotions, make a record of important moments, and even build bridges that span political, language, and cultural barriers. At its core, art allows us to connect with and reflect on some of the most universally shared life experiences and the most important qualities that make us human.

One of these shared life experiences that span generations across the centuries is our interaction with, and in, the natural world around us. …


ART

It’s a non-negotiable fact that the biotechnology being created today will affect all of our lives- whether we understand it or not

Human beings have been bringing innate curiosity and creativity to our interactions with nature since before our written history. This partnership with the world around us results in biotechnology; technology that is built from or harnesses the biological world around us. But scientists are only one element of this partnership. The other foundational members are artists.

It is a non-negotiable fact that the biotechnology being created today will affect all of our lives- whether we understand it or not

This means that while not everyone will be involved in the collaborative process of biotech creation, we should all be a part of the conversation around the ethical and moral ramifications of this technology. Making transparency a priority, at every step of discovery, will cultivate trust as we work to build a more equitable society. Artists play the essential role of increasing participation in this conversation. …


VIRUSES

Bacteriophages, commonly referred to as phages, are viruses that infect bacteria.

SARS-CoV-2 has been wreaking havoc as a global pandemic since March 2020. Over the past seven months, scientists around the world have grappled with this virus that has infected 38.3 million people and claimed over 1 million lives. Unfortunately, in the midst of all the chaos, other types of infection and disease haven’t gone away. And while this virus has been particularly deadly, the destructive nature of other viruses is being harnessed to save lives.

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Artistic interpretation of one phage structure from Servier Medical Art

Bacteriophages, commonly referred to as phages, are viruses that infect bacteria. Discovered by two scientists, Frederick Twort and Felix d’Herelle, these viruses are the most prolific organisms on earth. Some estimate that there are so many phages in the world that for each grain of sand on the planet there are approximately a trillion phages. Due to the sheer number of phages that exist, they can be found pretty much everywhere, from the ocean to our gut microbiome. Bacteriophages are an interesting vehicle for treating bacterial infections because they only attack bacteria, not human cells. …


BUSINESS

Can small businesses take the lead in the fight against both cancer and COVID-19?

Most people have been affected in some way by cancer. Scientists around the globe are diligently working to try and find new solutions to this disease. But what if the solution was actually found in innovating a known drug not currently effective enough for treatment regimes?

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Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

SciTech Development is a company built in response to the National Cancer Institute’s call to solve a problem with the already available oncology drug fenretinide considered ineffective in comparison to other drugs. …


CAREERS

A special highlight speaking with Matthias Berninger, Head of Public Affairs, Science, and Sustainability at Bayer.

Translating my love of science and business into a meaningful career does not have an intuitive roadmap. So to build one, I focused on finding business mavericks to learn about how they built careers of impact. A special highlight of this experience has been speaking with Matthias Berninger, Head of Public Affairs, Science, and Sustainability at Bayer.

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Matthias has certainly crafted a bold, unconventional, and innovative career. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Kassel, he was elected four times to the German Parliament as a member of the Green Party. After leaving politics, he moved to Mars working in several positions including the Global Chocolate Management Team to challenge the corporate strategy status quo in sustainability and communication. Since joining Bayer in 2019, he has led the development of the company’s global sustainability strategy. Under his leadership, Bayer is working to reduce its operational emissions by 42% in 2030. …


CAREERS

A doctoral degree has been the gold standard metric when it comes to predicting the potential for the impact an individual has in contributing to the bioeconomy.

Bioeconomy.XYZ writers have been leading dialogue around a particularly important topic — the importance of the Ph.D.

Alexander Titus’s article “PhD not required” has certainly made waves as he challenges the limitations of this gold standard as he presents the novel thought that impact within this space is not constrained to possessing a certain type of educational background. Joseph Buccina picks up the metaphorical baton as he answers the question “If a PhD is not required … then what is?” He gives tangible insights for how to grow within the bioeconomy without a doctorate. …


CAREERS

Can we talk about your professional journey? Mine is off to a unique start.

For those of us looking to take the first steps in our careers right now — wow — what a time to be alive. Attempting to secure employment during stay-at-home orders, hiring freezes and large scale layoffs is a frustrating endeavor. I don’t even want to think about the number of hours I spent trying to write compelling cover letters about why companies should want to hire me when the world felt like it was falling apart. For me personally, finding a career that combined my love of science and business was a challenge. …


AUTHORS

Biochemistry emphasizes how interconnected humanity is to the natural world around us. Our ability to live vibrantly is dependent on our appreciation for this bond.

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Hello everyone! My name is Kathryn Hamilton. I am very excited to contribute to this blog and talk about some of the most fantastic biotechnology being created around the world. My interest in biotechnology is deeply tied to my journey with science.

In my opinion, biochemistry is the most elegant of the sciences. Biochemistry is the subject that allows us to understand how the world works at its most fundamental level. Chemistry is used to evaluate and understand the world of biology. It takes two impressive disciplines and unites them to give you a much clearer and nuanced image of the molecular world. Biochemistry emphasizes how interconnected humanity is to the natural world around us. Our ability to live vibrantly is dependent on our appreciation for this bond. …

About

Kathryn Hamilton

Integrating Business with the Developing Bioeconomy // Making the Complex Uncomplicated // Perpetual Student // Professional

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