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    BioTechnology Institute
    University of Minnesota
    140 Gortner Labs
    1479 Gortner Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55108-6106

    612-625-5780 FAX

BTI History

1983-84   1985-86   1987-88   1989-90   1991-92   1993-94  
1995-96   1997-99   2000-01   2002-03   2004-05   2006-09

BTI logo

BPTI becomes "The BioTechnology Institute" and adopts a new logo.

Biodale Opens

Opened in 2001, Biodale is a consortium of University of Minnesota research service facilities that offer state-of-the-art instrumentation and user-friendly, walk-in service and training. Members of the business community, as well as the University community, are invited to use Biodale services and equipment. Each facility is staffed by specialized scientists and technicians.

The Biotechnology Resource Center provides capabilities to grow a wide range of microorganisms from shake-flask to 500L fermenter scale and to recover the cells and/or metabolites. A particular area of expertise is the expression and purification of recombinant proteins.

The Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics provides support, equipment, and expertise for analyzing complex protein mixtures. The affiliated Proteome Analysis Core Facility has special equipment for comparing and differentiating samples.

The BioMedical Genomics Center provides a variety of genetic sequencing and analysis services for researchers.

The High Throughput Screening and Analysis Facility uses robots to screen large numbers of microbes, biological compounds, and chemical libraries to identify those with useful biological activity.

The Computational Biology Centers -- Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics is a structure designed to foster research in all aspects of biology and medicine.

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.

Cargill Building Construction Begins

In 2001, construction began on the Microbial and Plant Genomics Building, specifically dedicated to genome research. The Cargill Corporation donated $10 million for its construction.


  • BPTI hosts Bioinformatics Conference.

  • Major renovation of pilot plant begins.

  • NAIST/BPTI Symposium in Japan.

  • Biodale opens.

  • Groundbreaking for Cargill Building.

  • Swiss exchange program established.

  • Assistant Prof. Arkady Khodursky joins as joint appointment: BPTI and Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics.

  • BPTI hosts Biomaterials Conference / Industry Networking Event.

  • Name changed to BioTechnology Institute (BTI).

  • Incubator labs opened.