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Searching for Biomedical Engineering Career Opportunities Jay Bhatt Brendan Johnson
Career Services Library Assistant • Services: • Guidance and instruction to career resources • Where: http://www.library.drexel.edu/careers • What: • Chat • Careers blog • Contact info • Workshop PowerPoint • Vault Career Insider • Biomedical Engineering research guide
Career Exploration: Books and E-Books • Career development in bioengineering and biotechnology • Career opportunities in biotechnology and drug development • Opportunities in Biotechnology Careers
Vault Career Insider • Researchcompanies, industries, and professions • Download full PDFs of Vault Career Guides • Get career advice, sample resumes and cover letters, and much more!!
Job Search Strategies Identifying and researching companies Networking Finding posted positions
Identify and research companies • ES&P archives in DrexelOne • Company directories and databases • FDA drug approvals • FDA device approvals • Patent searching
D&B Million Dollar Database Find companies only located where you are looking Find companies in specific industries using SIC or NAICS industry codes Find the contact information for these companies in your results.
UNIWORLD • Search for American companies abroad, or Foreign countries in the US • Search by industry code, keyword, and location • Create an Excel spreadsheet of your results with domestic and international contact information
HOOVERS Research the companies you find Read a company description Look at how the company is making news, and what they’re making Check out other similar competitors Look up contacts in HR or Engineers in the R&D departments
Networking Networking is the art of building and sustaining mutually beneficial relationships (before you need them!) “Schmoozing is noticing people, connecting with them, keeping in touch with them- and benefiting from relationships with them.” Vault Guide to Schmoozing
Networking Build your network Sustain your network Professional Associations LinkedIn
Finding posted positions: BME • Professional associations • Other industry-specific job listings Tip: Visit the Biomedical Engineering Career Guide for Biomed-Specific job sites
What is FDA? What does FDA regulate? How would it help me search for companies? http://www.fda.gov/RegulatoryInformation/RulesRegulations/default.htm “FDAis the federal agency responsible for ensuring that foods are safe, wholesome and sanitary; human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices are safe and effective; cosmetics are safe; and electronic products that emit radiation are safe.”
Drug Approval Reports: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/drugsatfda/index.cfm?fuseaction=Reports.ReportsMenu FDA-approved brand name and generic prescription and over-the-counter human drugs and biological therapeutic products. Drugs@FDAincludes most of the drug products approved since 1939
Find names of companies whose drugs have been recently approved by FDA. http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/drugsatfda/index.cfm?fuseaction=Reports.MonthlyApprovalsAll Example from March 2011 Drug Approval Report. Find relevant information about the companies that you are interested in using various databases available from Our Library’s web site http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/drexelcareerlib/about-2/
Where do we find information on FDA’s approval of medical devices? http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/englibrary/2011/11/08/patents-fda-approved-medical-devices-and-intellectual-property/ Each product listing contains information about what medical uses the device is approved for, when it can be used, and when it should not be used. See an example in the next slide.
How would this help in finding companies whose devices were approved? The products listed include some of the newest medical technology available. Each product listing contains information about what medical uses the device is approved for, when it can be used, and when it should not be used. Find relevant information about the companies that you are interested in using various databases available from http://www.library.drexel.edu/guides/careers/biomedical-engineering
How do I find out whether the companies that I found have received any patents or not? Find whether companies whose drugs or medical devices were approved, have received any patents. Learning more about their inventions may help in making informed decisions on whether you want to consider working for them. In the previous example, we saw OraSure Technologies got its device approved. Let us see if OraSure has received any patents or not. Go to http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/englibrary/2011/11/08/patents-fda-approved-medical-devices-and-intellectual-property/
Finding patents Search for patents issued to Medtronic in US Patent office database http://patft.uspto.gov/ Try ‘OraSure Technologies’ in ‘Assignee Name’ field. See: AN/Orasure and AN/Technologies Use the Patent number in http://pat2pdf.org to find the full text patent in the PDF form. Google Patents
How do I keep current with new information available from FDA? http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/NewsEvents/default.htm Medical Devices News and Events For example, Recalls & Alerts List of RecallsSafety CommunicationsMedical Device Reporting (MDR)
Example of a Device Recall – Name of the company? Can we get some more about the company? Use databases.
Now What? • Research the company • Company website • Library databases like Hoover’s See Interviewing research guide for more tips • Identify the preferred way to contact the company • Submit resume/cover letter through website • Contact leads in your network • Cold calls • Make sure to check out our Calling a Company Phone Script!
Questions? • Jay Bhatt email@example.comHagerty Library, Room 132 http://www.library.drexel.edu/engineering • Brendan Johnson215.firstname.lastname@example.orgHagerty Library, Room 136http://www.library.drexel.edu/careers