Alphabet Soup: Abbreviations and Acronyms of Interest

Scott Sutton, Ph.D.


One of the more challenging aspects of that first job, or starting a new job in a new company, is in learning the corporate culture.   The abbreviations and acronyms to which we all are addicted do not make this process any easier.    I often wondered why there wasn’t a standard listing of abbreviations issued to all new hires upon joining a company.

The Microbiology Network has prepared a list of commonly used abbreviations in pharma, biotech, personal care products and management jargon that might be of assistance.  The listing of abbreviations can be found at


Please let us know if there are other abbreviations that would be helpful – we will add them to the list at the earliest opportunity.   Feel free to copy and distribute this list, citing the source.


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