A good understanding of the origins of biotechnology and its development helps people to have an appreciation of the explosive growth of this new field and the wide array of occupations that are emerging because of it. The biotech drug industry was born in 1976 when Herbert Boyer (biochemist) and Robert Swanson (entrepreneur) decided to form a company that would take advantage of the inner workings of living cells to produce medicines for human use. The biotech industry now has several hundred companies in the US. Most biotech companies are viewed as valuable members of the community because of its real and perceived passion for helping people and passion for innovation. Biotech is a very technical and heavily regulated industry, thus companies typically look for people with advanced degrees, continuing education/certifications, and familiarity with FDA regulations. Once hired, demonstrate a passion for accuracy and product quality. Demonstrate a sincere desire to contribute and improve.