Welcome back to #WeAreGreenKey, where we shine a spotlight on our powerhouse recruiting team. 

We met up with Reilly Hickey, who was recently promoted to Recruiting Manager on the Professional Support team. Reilly graduated from Pace University in 2018 with a degree in Arts & Entertainment Management. She worked in casting for a few years before making the switch to recruiting. Reilly let us in on how she aligned her casting skills and used them to succeed in her staffing career, all within the past year. 

How did you first get your start in recruiting? 

I have a bit of a non-traditional background. I came from the world of television casting, which I was in for a few years post-college. I wanted to switch to something a little more sustainable with a better work-life balance. When the pandemic hit, I st arted looking for new opportunities. A lot of people I knew in casting had made the switch to recruiting. The industry has a similar hustle as casting. You’re still placing people in jobs and roles, so the skills are very much aligned. Around that time, I found a posting for Green Key on LinkedIn and I started in May of 2021.   

What do you love about recruiting for Professional Support/Human Resources? 

I love that people can come out of different industries and use those skillsets somewhere else. For the most part, they already have the applicable background, but they’re looking to get into something a little more stable. Coming from a nontraditional background myself, being able to help people like that is really rewarding.  

What keeps you coming back to recruiting every day? 

Recruiting can be a lot of back and forth. But when you find a great match, and everyone is happy and satisfied, there’s no better feeling. Placing someone in a new job can be life changing for them. It might seem trivial in the day to day, but you make a big impact in people’s lives.  

How does your team work together and maintain communication? 

One of my favorite things about working at Green Key is my team. We’ve gone through a lot of changes, but everyone is so supportive and welcoming. We touch base in the morning, but chat throughout the day. We make it a priority to stay in touch with each other and know what’s going on, despite not always being in the office.  

What are your new goals now that you’ve been promoted? 

I’m really looking forward to being more involved with the team. I want them to know that I’m a safe space they can come to for any sort of issue or question. I really hope to be that sounding board for them. 

What sets Green Key apart from other staffing agencies? 

It’s the people. Everyone I’ve been in contact with here has been so supportive and willing to help. Even from the top, they’re eager to help and have one-on-one communication with you. No one is above taking time out of their day to help you with something.  

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Apr 16, 2024

Biotech vs. Techbio: A Nexus of Biology and Tech

In the dynamic world of scientific innovation, two terms have emerged as guiding lights: Biotech and Techbio. These terms encapsulate distinct yet complementary approaches to leveraging technology for advancements in the realm of biology. Let’s delve into the nuances of each and explore their shared mission at the intersection of science and technology.

Biotech vs Techbio

According to Bioindustry.org, “Biotech, short for biotechnology, is a broad field that encompasses living organisms or parts of living organisms to make products, improve plants or animals, or develop new processes for various industries.” While Techbio is, “…‘tech bio’ is the exciting new field focused on leveraging data and technology to improve, enhance, and accelerate life science processes,” as stated by Forbes.

Medium.com goes further to explain techbio stating, “TechBio is the direct application of engineering to biology. While the portion of biology that we understand is still severely limited in scope, applying an engineering mindset to solving biological problems means we can still work with limited information. We see TechBio as being concerned with four main components:

  • Reading bio — understanding genetic information (DNA, RNA, proteins, etc.) ex: next-gen sequencing
  • Writing bio — synthesizing DNA, RNA, and protein constructs. ex: creating custom DNA oligonucleotides
  • Programming bio — manipulating genetic information or small molecules for therapeutic purposes. ex: designing complex antibody drugs to treat metastatic cancer
  • Delivering bio — routing biological information to the correct tissues and cells. ex: delivering RNA drugs to organ of interest

Simply put, techbio focuses on leveraging computational tools and techniques to analyze, model, and understand biological data. With the exponential growth of data generated by genomics, proteomics, and other ‘omics disciplines, techbio plays a crucial role in decoding the complexities of living systems. Through algorithms, machine learning, and data visualization, techbio enables researchers to unravel biological mysteries, predict disease outcomes, and design novel therapeutics with unprecedented precision.

Bridging the Gap

While biotech and techbio represent distinct approaches, the boundaries between the two are increasingly blurred as interdisciplinary collaborations flourish. These collaborations are evidence and projects ranging from personalized medicine initiatives to the development of sustainable biomanufacturing processes. These collaborations leverage the strengths of both the disciplines, resulting in transformative advancements in real-world impact.

Whether it’s engineering microbes for biofuel production or using machine learning to predict protein structures, the convergence of biotech and tech bio holds immense promise for addressing pressing global challenges.

The convergence of biotech and tech bio marks an exciting era of discovery and innovation at the Nexus of biology and technology. Their collaborative synergy holds immense promise for addressing the complex challenges facing humanity from advancing healthcare to enhancing food security and environmental sustainability.

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