Outreach is a fundamental tenet of the BioTechnology Institute's mission as part of a land grant university. The BTI provides a nurturing environment where ideas can grow into new biotechnology businesses. The resources provided by the institute include highly qualified research scientists and state-of-the-art equipment. These are utilized by faculty and companies alike to scale-up ideas from the discovery stage to a level permitting assessment of technological feasibility and potential for commercialization. In addition, our students benefit from hands-on training in fermentation, separation, purification and molecular biology techniques.
The BTI has invested significantly in providing equipment that is properly instrumented to provide data to the researcher as well as adequate quantities of product to support subsequent research and development efforts. One result has been the collective resource known as Biodale.
Biotechnology Resource Center
Biodale's anchor tenant, the Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC) has a full-time staff of scientists, engineers, and technicians to support customer projects in fermentation, recombinant protein expression, protein purification, and molecular biology. The BRC's 13 bioreactors, ranging from 6 to 300L in size, are equipped with the latest analytical and control capabilities providing an ideal environment for process development and optimization. The fermentation capacity is matched by a corresponding range of downstream processing equipment, from centrifuges to chromatography. In addition, the BRC offers special growth capabilities for microalgae and phototrophic bacteria.
The Imaging Center (IC) is a state-of-the-art facility for imaging of biological specimens utilizing light microscopy, electron microscopy, and digital image analysis related to research, documentation and presentation. Imaging Center users have access to image processing, analysis, deconvolution, 3D reconstruction and presentation softwares on IC computer workstations. Technical assistance and consulting is available.
Mass Spectrometry Consortium