Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Ocean Life, Planet Health


Building a bridge between discovery science
and commercialization partners...

The ocean’s scientific frontiers hold significant promise for commercialization of new technologies in multiple large markets, including energy, medicine, nutraceuticals, and food. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, renowned as a pioneering ocean sciences research institution, has established the Office of Corporate Alliances and Technology Transfer (CATT) to work with the Senior Research Scientists to establish relationships with private sector partners to commercialize marketable technologies and discoveries, and to encourage the use of Services offered at the Laboratory.
We are currently developing a range of initiatives that use advances in microbial oceanography in single-cell genomic analysis, bioinformatics, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, and algae-based biofuels. See our current list of Industry Partnerships and Agreements, or learn more about our Corporate Affiliate Program (CAP) or the Industrial Collaboration Laboratory.

If you are interested in partnering with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, please contact the scientists directly, or contact the Director of the CATT program.

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

 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.