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Summer Intern - Plasmid Development & Manufacturing - Summer 2024

Forge Biologics

Forge Biologics

Columbus, OH, USA
Posted on Monday, February 5, 2024

Company Overview:

Our mission at Forge Biologics, is to enable access to life changing gene therapies and help bring them from idea into reality. We partner with innovators in the gene therapy community: scientists, physicians, biotech and pharma companies and patient groups. We bring expertise in gene therapy manufacturing and development to the table, helping champion teams that are navigating the long road from the lab bench to the patient's bedside. With a patient-first approach, we are forging new models for working together to better accelerate these transformative medicines to reach those who need them the most.

Position Overview:

Forge Biologics is seeking a Plasmid Development & Manufacturing Intern to become part of our 2024 Ignite Internship Program. In this role, you will receive comprehensive training in plasmid development techniques under the guidance of industry experts. You will actively participate in various aspects of plasmid development, from upstream to downstream processes, aimed at supporting the production of life-changing gene therapies for human applications.

Who you are:

  • You are a current junior currently enrolled in a full-time bachelor's degree program from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 minimum GPA or equivalent
  • You are studying Microbiology, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, related field
  • You are a self-starter, collaborative, detail-oriented and inquisitive
  • You have enthusiasm to learn, and previous laboratory or research experience

What you'll do:

  • Design, plan, execute, document, and present findings from experiments, with the goal of optimizing the production of plasmid DNA.
  • Perform bacterial cell culture and fermentation, utilizing shake flasks and bioreactors.
  • Support cell harvesting and plasmid purification activities utilizing Tangential flow Filtration, FPLC, or other relevant techniques.

Why you'll love it:

  • You’ll work on meaningful and relevant projects while gaining experience in the biotech industry
  • You will develop professionally through bi-weekly intern programming including networking with Forge leaders, career management workshops, and exclusive intern community events
  • You will be mentored by Forge department leaders and supported through a network of Forge employees (including ERGs, coffee chats, and employee engagement events)

Forge Biologic’s Ignite Internship Program is designed to provide meaningful experiences in a professional environment while giving our interns the experience to network with Senior Leadership and peers through a variety of activities and events. During the Summer Internship Program, you will work on real business issues/projects and learn from industry leaders. Our interns will work onsite at our offices in Grove City, OH (just 15 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio).

Work Environment and Physical Demands

This position works in both a laboratory environment and typical office environment where the physical work demands will vary depending on the specific tasks and duties required of the job. The employee will be stationary (standing/sitting) for extended periods of time. Employees regularly wear personal protective equipment based on the task being performed. Must be able to work in a confined space, such as a clean room or laboratory environment. Ability to identify small details within the field of vision, distinguish between different colors, and accurately identify objects within a specific area.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned.

Forge Biologics is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse workforce. Forge Biologics, provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Life at Forge

We are a team of diverse, driven and passionate people working together to trailblaze a new model for how we make medicines to treat patients with genetic diseases. Our team members use their creativity and talent to invent new solutions, meet new demands, and offer the most effective services in the industry. Forge’s core values lay the foundation for H.O.P.E. It provides us a common purpose that we all understand, work towards and live by.

HARDWORKING - We work hard and smart, making a persistent and determined effort toward success. Working hard, with focus and desire is the key.

OPEN - We strive to be approachable, actively listen and encourage others to contribute and speak up. We positively offer and receive constructive feedback.

PURPOSE DRIVEN - We are passionate about working towards and delivering on our mission to manufacture gene therapies.

ENGAGED - We are fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about our work and take positive action to further Forge’s vision, mission and goals.