Norton Center for Blue Biotechnology
Photo by Graham Shimmield.
The first science wing to be completed on Bigelow Laboratory's Ocean Science and Education Campus in East Boothbay, Maine, the Walter & Helen Norton Center for Blue Biotechnology (NCBB) provides facilities for research that applies molecular biology and microbial ecology to the viruses, bacteria, archaea, and algae living in diverse environments throughout the world’s oceans in order to understand their evolution, genetic and chemical make-up, and their culture and industrial application. NCBB scientists work with the vast reservoir of microbial organisms in the natural environment and those preserved in cultures.
The NCBB houses the Single Cell Genomics Center, the world’s first microbial single cell genomics facility; the Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota, containing one the world’s first combined collections of marine algae, bacteria, archaea, and viruses; the J. J. MacIsaac Facility for Aquatic Cytometry, a state-of-the-art flow cytometry laboratory; a bioreactor facility; and the Geomicrobiology Laboratory.
With the leadership of the Laboratory’s Director of Corporate Alliances and Technology Transfer, the NCBB makes it possible for the Laboratory to harness the potential of the ocean’s microbial ecosystems to benefit society and open a commercialization pipeline for new discoveries.
Construction of the Norton Center for Blue Biotechnology was made possible by the Maine Technology Asset Fund and the people of Maine who voted to pass the Research and Development Bond in 2007, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Maine Technology Institute, The First and the generous contributions of the Laboratory’s friends and supporters.