At its simplest, biotechnology is technology based on biology - biotechnology harnesses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet. We have used the biological processes of micro-organisms for more than 6,000 years to make useful food products, such as bread and cheese, and to preserve dairy products.
Modern biotechnology provides breakthrough products and technologies to combat debilitating and rare diseases, reduce our environmental footprint, feed the hungry, use less and cleaner energy, and have safer, cleaner and more efficient industrial manufacturing processes.
Currently, there are more than 250 biotechnology health care products and vaccines available to patients, many for previously untreatable diseases. More than 13.3 million farmers around the world use agricultural biotechnology to increase yields, prevent damage from insects and pests and reduce farming's impact on the environment. And more than 50 bio refineries are being built across North America to test and refine technologies to produce biofuels and chemicals from renewable biomass, which can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Recent advances in biotechnology are helping us prepare for and meet society’s most pressing challenges.
Biotech is helping to heal the world by harnessing nature's own toolbox and using our own genetic makeup to heal and guide lines of research by:
Biotech uses biological processes such as fermentation and harnesses biocatalysts such as enzymes, yeast, and other microbes to become microscopic manufacturing plants. Biotech is helping to fuel the world by:
Biotech improves crop insect resistance, enhances crop herbicide tolerance and facilitates the use of more environmentally sustainable farming practices. Biotech is helping to feed the world by:
Biotechnology is a rapidly developing sector. Advancements are being made at good pace in this sector. Big firms are pouring in big money into it and new business opportunities are developing in this sector. These things have led to huge increase in job openings in this sector. In short, Biotechnology graduates are in huge demand these days. Finding a good job after graduation is not a tough task.
There are many attractive prospects of availability of lucrative scholarships in Australia, Canada, USA, Europe for post graduates. Many students opt to study for the M.Sc. Biotechnology in Sri Lanka too. In Peradeniya or Colombo University. Following are some fields you can venture into, depending on your future career interests.
|M.Sc Biotechnology||M.Sc. in Plant Biotechnology|
|M.Sc in Pharmacovigilance and Clinical Data Management||M.Sc. in Bioinformatics & Biostatistics|
|M.Sc in Clinical Research||M.Sc. of Veterinary Science in Veterinary Biotechnology|
|Masters in Health Administration||M. Pharma|
|M.Sc in Applied Biotechnology||M. Tech in Biomedical Engineering / Biotechnology|
|M.Sc in Zoology (Animal Biotechnology)||M. Phil in Biotechnology|
|M.Sc in Industrial Biotechnology||M.Tech in Biotechnology|
|M.Sc in Marine Biotechnology||Post M.Sc (Agriculture) Biotechnology|
|M.Sc in Medical Biotechnology||PhD in Biotechnology / PhD in Biological Science|
Today, Biotechnology companies are looking for graduates who are bilinguistic, means who can understand the scientific as well as management issues at the same time. There are some universities in UK and USA where you can opt for; MBA in Biotechnology.
However this is a blended course and can shape your career on a management role. But the better advice is to go for an M.Sc in a related science field and after working for about 3 – 4 years do an MBA. Then you can seek a Management role in the firm you are working. Europe is quite strong in Biotechnology.
An MBA immediately after your B.Sc Biotechnology will move you away from your technical stream and very rarely can you find jobs related to Biotechnology after an immediate MBA.
There are many MBA’s you can opt for depending on your developed career, such as ; MBA in Pharma Marketing & Management
The burning question is ….. Are you ready? Similar initiatives are cropping up all over the globe.
Our personal behaviors must change, and education is the way forward.
Educating the future generation increase achievement in applying innovative technology and master skills for life work and citizenship in the 21st Century.
We are involved in Educating Sri Lankan and Maldivian Advanced Level qualified students, in Indian Universities : This programme “AMASA STUDY ABROAD” is run by the esteem Sri Lankan institution AMASA INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES, in Association with GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH EDUCATION FOUNDATION’’ since 1991.
We do highly recommend you to study in an India Government University and increase the standard and quality of life as an internationally qualified university graduate and become a valuable asset to the country. There are many other benefits for you and the country in studying in India – visit the site www.education.amasa.lk