The Center provides space, resources and expertise for local biotech firms.
A corporate partnership with Nexcelom, a local biotechnology company, was established in 2010. Scientists from Nexcelom are using the tissue culture facilities in the Center to perform experiments to test their state-of-the-art automated cell counter, the Cellometer (R). The funds they donated to the Center were used to establish summer stipends for two undergraduate fellows. Nexcelom is also providing internship experience for Merrimack undergraduates.
The Center facilities include a fully equipped modern molecular biology laboratory, including Applied Biosciences real-time PCR Light Cycler, Shimadzu UV-1800 and BioSpec-nano spectrophotometers, Li-Cor DNA sequence analyzer; a cell culture facility; and an imaging suite. The Center also includes analytical chemistry capacity, a greenhouse, a variety of field equipment and soil analysis capability. Faculty associated with the Center are prepared to assist corporate partners in the use of the equipment, experimental design and qualified undergraduates can be recruited to assist in the execution of experiments as interns.