The transfer of technology and know-how adds to the universal body of knowledge and is of direct benefit to society. Industry partners profit financially from gaining access to new technologies. Introducing cutting-edge ocean science to the marketplace brings revenue back to the Laboratory, making it possible to continue and expand ongoing research and educational programs.
As a demonstration of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences’ commitment to CATT activities, the Walter & Helen Norton Center for Blue Biotechnology (NCBB) - the first wing of the Ocean Science and Education Campus in East Boothbay, ME - 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 the world’s largest collection of marine algae, bacteria, archaea, and viruses;
- the J. J. MacIsaac Facility for Aquatic Cytometry, a state-of-the-art flow cytometry laboratory;
- The Industrial Collaboration Laboratory.
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.