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About the BRC

Since 1986, the Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC) has successfully completed hundreds of fermentation and protein expression projects executed under professionally managed contract agreements that insure confidentiality and intellectual property protection.


A team of highly dedicated scientists and engineers can guide and answer the challenges of your project. Each team member has advanced training in molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, or biochemical engineering, plus extensive hands-on experience across a broad range of industrial and academic settings.


The BRC is located in Gortner Laboratory on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus and is designed to accommodate a broad range of projects simultaneously with state-of-the-art equipment that is well maintained and updated.

Highlights and Events

Utilize the BRC network

As part of a top public research universitiy, the Biotechnology Resource Center can draw on a wide range of University of Minnesota resources to address even the most challenging projects. Through faculty consulting arrangements, we bring the expertise of the University's leading faculty members into your team.

Protein purification advances

Funding recently acquired through the UM/Mayo partnership has allowed the BRC to upgrade its protein purification capabilities.

BRC open house

An open house is being planned for Fall of 2010 to showcase the BRC's new 500-liter fermenter and renovated space featuring the chiller system and centrifuge. Check back for more details about this upcoming event.

Meet BRC Director Tom Douville


As Assistant Director of the University of Minnesota BioTechnology Institute, Tom Douville also oversees operation of the Biotechnology Resource Center. Douville is a biochemical engineer with a Masters degree in Microbial Engineering and 30 years of industry experience at biopharmaceutical and medical device companies.