Thank you for your response Rich and PC.
Rich, I will take a look at the posts describing how to network. That is a skill that I lack, and based on your response, it appears to be an important and necessary if I want to make a change.
P.C., I am not averse to continuing in academia. In fact, I have thought of trying to find a position at a larger, more research intensive university with more resources. However, I have only a modest publication and grant record, and even though I worked hard to accomplish what I have in my environment (I even had to build my own lab benches when I arrived), I would think my opportunities within academia are limited (I could probably make a lateral move, but an upward move would be difficult if not impossible). The reason I thought industry would be a good place for me because I could easily fit in with a team and contribute my experience and expertise with receptor cloning, mutagenesis, expression and characterization. I know, a lab associate could do this, but I am really good at it and I enjoy solving problems, creating new assays to characterize responses, etc. Also, I am hard working, goal oriented, like working towards deadlines and enjoy the idea of working with a team. Anyway, I mentally steered away from applying for other university positions because I was worried that I have been so far removed from the types of research that attract RO1 grants that I think it unlikely that I could compete for one and the larger universities are likely not eligible for AREA grants. But, perhaps I am being too hasty. It can’t hurt to try networking in both environments to learn more about the opportunities available. All I know is I want to do more research than I am doing currently.
Thank you both again for your advice. I really appreciate it.