Vault Career Guide to Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, Second Edition

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by Andrew Morkes; Introduction by Jennifer Leeds
Publication Date: 2017

Worldwide, more than 2,700 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies comprise a trillion-dollar industry, with many of the top companies—and one of the largest markets for their products—based in the United States. These companies produce over-the-counter and prescription drugs, diagnostics and biologics essential to identifying and treating disease. But the stakes are high, with research and development costs sometimes running into the millions of dollars and approval by the Food and Drug Administration taking years to earn. Today challenges also come from generic drug producers and the need to make life-saving drugs available in developing nations. Still, few industries offer the opportunities found in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, where groundbreaking next-generation research and sophisticated marketing and sales efforts are essential to success.

The Vault Career Guide to Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, Second Edition provides an insider's perspective on what's happening in the industry, what it takes to break in and how to advance your career. Whether you hope to help discover a new miracle drug or simply sell one to millions of people whose lives it will improve, this guide will help you master every step of your job search.

Vault Career Guides offer an industry insider's view of what it takes to land a job in your chosen profession. Each volume provides a comprehensive overview of the industry and expert advice and tips for uncovering job opportunities, networking, preparing your cover letter and resume, interviewing and keeping current on industry news and trends. Interviews and case studies offer behind-the-scenes glimpses of what hiring managers look for in a candidate and how others have succeeded in landing their jobs or advancing their careers. Day in the Life profiles place you in the shoes of an established professional for one day, and an extensive glossary and resource list put all the industry knowledge you need to succeed at your fingertips.

Each Vault Career Guide includes:

  • The Scoop: Everything you need to know about what your industry does, its history, who works in it and where it's going.
  • Getting Hired: Practical information on researching potential employers, networking, interviewing and getting in the door.
  • On the Job: A look at life on the job and the industry culture.
  • Talk Like a Pro: A glossary of industry jargon and key terms.
  • Resources: Associations, organizations, websites and other resources to help you plan and advance your career.


Andrew Morkes is a freelance writer and editor in Chicago, Illinois, who has been writing about college- and career-related topics for more than 20 years. He is the owner of College & Career Press, the editorial director of the CAM Report and College Spotlight, and the author of The Morkes Report: College and Career Planning Trends blog. Andrew has written and edited many books for Ferguson's including the Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance, the Vault Career Guide to Accounting, and many volumes in the Careers in Focus, Discovering Careers, and Career Skills Library series. He is also the author of They Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 100 Interesting College Majors and Programs, which was selected as "A Perfect Ten" by the library journal Voice of Youth Advocates, and Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men: More Than 30 Great Jobs for Women and Men With Apprenticeships Through PhDs. His poetry has appeared in Cadence, Wisconsin Review, Poetry Motel, Strong Coffee, and Mid-America Review.

Dr. Jennifer Leeds was born and raised in northern New Jersey. She earned a B.S. in microbiology from Cornell University in 1991 and her Ph.D. in medical microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1996. Jennifer joined the laboratory of Harvard Medical School professor and National Academy member Jon Beckwith, where she trained as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow. She studied, in collaboration with biophysicists at Yale University, the genetic and biophysical characterization of integral membrane protein structure and assembly. Dr. Leeds joined Dyax Corp. (Cambridge, Mass.) in 2001 as a senior scientist in the new technologies group. Using her expertise in bacterial physiology and genetics, she engineered novel low- and automated high-throughput cloning, expression, and purification systems to increase yield, quality, and throughput of pre-clinical reagents; these advanced molecular tools were important in several projects undertaken as part of co-development agreements.

Jennifer joined the Infectious Diseases area of the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) shortly after its commencement in March of 2003 as a research investigator I and was instrumental in the build-up of the department. Following several interim promotions, in April of 2010 Jennifer was appointed head of ID Antibacterial Discovery at NIBR and is currently an executive director and member of the Infectious Diseases Leadership Team and the Disease Area Decision Board. As a laboratory leader, she directed a group of experienced scientists in target discovery, mechanism of action, and mechanism of resistance studies. As a project team leader she led cross-functional international teams and successfully advanced a novel antibacterial compound from inception to clinical development. In her current role, she sets the strategy and leads a large team of scientists in antibacterial discovery at the NIBR site in Emeryville, California. Dr. Leeds lives in Walnut Creek, California, with her husband, two sons, a Glen of Imaal terrier, and a red rat corn snake.

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