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    Peter: Algae are amazing microscopic organisms.

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    They’re a tenth the size of a human hair, there’s 300,000 species on the planet, and

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    they can make virtually any product we need.

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    Algae has the potential for industrial applications covering three areas, so that’s agricultural

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    biotech, industrial biotech and medical biotech.

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    These three industries together are worth about $350 billion in the US.

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    The Australian opportunity here is massive and this is what we here at UTS are moving

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    into.

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    Samantha: Studying biotechnology at UTS is very different from what I expected.

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    Coming into the subject, I had no idea there were so many diverse applications of algae.

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    We study things like bioinformatics, and intricate circuits that had to do with biosensors.

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    They were challenging, but to be honest, I thought that they were impossible before I

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    did this subject, because a lot of my fellow students and I felt like we weren’t capable

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    of doing those things, that we weren’t capable of writing codes or working with circuits,

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    and that was a really eye-opening thing.

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    The lecturers and subject coordinators at UTS, they’re really engaging in biotechnology

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    now, and they’re teaching us about it now, so I think having that insight into technology

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    that’s only just emerging is really equipping me for the future.

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    Peter: The jobs that are emerging in the algal biotech space will involve engineers to optimise

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    the production of that.

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    Designers, molecular engineers to modify the algae.

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    Strain optimisation specialists.

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    So, all of these biological but also engineering-type opportunities are where they industry’s

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    going to need trained technicians and also experimental scientists to take their industry

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    forward.

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    Instead of just training the students and hoping they get a job at the end, we work

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    with them throughout their postgraduate degree program where we meet with industry partners

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    on a monthly basis, and our students are industry facing, so they’re ready at the end of their

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    PhDs to work straight into an industry position.

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    These jobs are the jobs of the future, and UTS is able to train these students in this space.

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