The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry produces drugs and other products that help people and animals live healthier lives, recover from injuries, and fight illnesses. From its humble origins in local pharmacies and apothecaries that prepared “home remedies” during the Middle Ages, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology (or pharma/biotech) industry has grown into one of the leading industries in the world. In the U.S., it’s the third most profitable industry in terms of percentage of revenues. It’s also home to cutting-edge biological and chemical research, and offers numerous and various career opportunities.

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