Day in the Life: Entry-Level Scientist in Biotech

Source: FirstHand

What are your responsibilities?

In my job, I investigate the solid form of a compound or active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) to see the way its molecules are arranged. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are two such APIs. The compounds come from Big Pharma companies we collaborate with and are usually in the pre-clinical stage of development. We use both high-throughput technology (100-1,000 analyses for a given compound using information technology) as well as bench-top chemistry to run our investigations. We typically run several screens – e.g., Polymorph screens, salt screens and crystallization screens.

By Ariel Ackermann
Ariel Ackermann Prehealth & Career Advisor