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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

ISBP 2006

BTI Sponsors ISBP 2006

The 10th International Symposium on Biological Polyesters was held August 27-30 with Prof. Friedrich Srienc as Chair. The latest in a 20-year old series of biannual conferences, ISBP 2006 drew an international crowd of over 130 researchers. It featured 49 oral presentations, 59 poster contributions and included updates on major industrial initiatives in the field, including Archer Daniel Midland's planned Metabolix Natural Plastics biorefinery in Clinton, Iowa.

Davis reception

Davis Appointed BTI Director

After an extensive search, H. Ted Davis was appointed BTI director effective Jan. 7, 2008. A faculty member in the university's Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science since 1963, Davis served as department head for 15 years. He was named Regents Professor and is a member of the National Academy of Engineers. In 1995, he was named dean of the Institute of Technology and served nine years before leaving the post in 2004 to return to the faculty. In his new role as director of the BTI, Davis will lead efforts to boost interdisciplinary research for new and innovative sources of renewable energy.


  • BTI hosts ISBP 2006

  • Assoc. Prof. Michael Travisano hired as joint appointment: BTI and Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior.

  • 2007 Collaborative Research Symposium with NAIST.

  • Ping Wang, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, joins BTI.

  • H. Ted Davis becomes BTI Director. Ken Valentas becomes BTI Assoc. Director.

  • Assoc. Prof. Yiannis Kaznessis, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, joins BTI.

  • New 500L Biolafitte reactor in BRC.

  • Ass't. Prof. Burckhard Seelig hired as joint appointment: BTI and Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics.