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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

Biotechnology Resource Center Upgraded

To properly support faculty research and provide valuable outreach services to industry it is essential to operate a state-of-the-art fermentation facility. By 2000, it was clear that the era 1986 BRC was in need of technological updating and improvement of the physical plant. From 2000-2007, the facility was modernized with over $1 million invested for physical upgrades, new biorectors, with full instrumentation for teaching and research and a 500 litre Biolafitte reactor to incorporate the latest sanitary design and data acquisition capability.

The Incubator Labs/University Enterprise Laboratories

To demonstrate the need for incubator laboratory space for emerging biotechnology companies, the BTI converted 5,000 square feet of outmoded lab space to a suite of incubator labs. In close proximity to Biodale, occupants could readily access essential technical services, and more interaction was created between the biotechnology industry and BTI faculty.

From the opening in January 2001 until the opening of the University Enterprise Laboratories in 2005, the BTI incubator labs were fully utilized with a waiting list for future occupancy. The opening of the University Enterprise Laboratories built on the legacy of the incubator labs to offer a unique combination of affordable biotechnology-friendly lab space and in-house business counsel.


  • Research collaboration workshop with NAIST.

  • Assoc. Prof. Romas Kazlauskas hired as joint appointment: BTI and Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics.

  • The Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics opened on the St. Paul campus.