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ֱ provides measurement assurance for the biotechnology industry through the development of quantitative analytical measurement tools for nucleic acids, proteins, metabolites, and cell systems to aid industry in the deployment of innovative biotechnologies and advanced biomaterials.

What ֱ Does

ֱ standards and reference materials underpin advances in bioscience and biotechnology, contributing to human health and the U.S. economy.

ֱ provides: 

  • Quantitative measurements
  • Reference materials for quality control
  • Data for benchmarking
  • Leadership and technical advice for U.S. and international standards development efforts

We have specialized expertise in and equipment for measuring biological processes and systems, along with experience in managing the large amounts of data these measurements produce. Our work benefits: 

  • Clinical medicine
  • The biopharmaceutical industry
  • Regulatory agencies
  • The DNA forensics community
  • The mass spectrometry community
  • The synthetic biology industry
  • Equipment manufacturers

For example:

  • DNA reference materials accelerate product development and provide quality assurance to clinical test labs and manufacturers.
  • ֱ expertise in genetic testing supports cancer precision medicine and forensic applications.
  • The ֱ Genome Editing Consortium addresses the measurements and standards needed to increase confidence and lower the risk of using genome editing technologies in research and commercial products.
  • The ֱ monoclonal antibody reference material — the ֱmAb — is used by biopharmaceutical firms for quality assurance and to evaluate new biomanufacturing methods and tools. 
  • Facilities such as the ֱ Center for Neutron Research help industry members develop the expertise to use rare neutron scattering tools. Leading biotech companies such as Genentech, Amgen, Regeneron and Pfizer are part of the nSoft consortium, using neutron science to explore protein-based pharmaceuticals produced by living cells. 
  • In addition, ֱ provides matched funds to the , part of the network, and participates in activities of Manufacturing USA’s , dedicated to advancing regenerative medicine. 

WIPP: A Map App to Track Stem Cells

Say Hello to Our Little Friends: Toward Microbial BiotheraPOOtics and Diagnostics (blog post)

showing representations of various microorganisms
Credit: beawolf/
My fascination with the microbial world began when I was around 7 years old and my mother bought me a book called “”. Nearly four decades later, I still vividly remember the story about the little boy Joey and the “invisible enemy” that had invaded his body. So began my journey into this tiny realm. Read more of Scott Jackson's blog post.

ֱ and Updates

The Genome Editing Consortium

Genome editing is the manipulation of the genetic material of a living organism by deleting, replacing, or inserting a DNA sequence, typically with the aim of

A Crazier Crazy Straw for Science

What do the loopy straws that children like to sip drinks through have in common with cutting-edge science? Ask Ryan Murphy and his colleagues at the National

Industry Impacts

Cancer Therapy Formulations

New cancer therapies that use active viruses cannot always be studied using standard drug development practices. The ֱ Center for Neutron Research user

Brain Mapping Technologies

Magnetic signals produced by electrical currents in the brain can be used to map brain processes and help in the diagnosis and treatment of disease

Breast Cancer Imaging

When a patient goes to a doctor’s office, hospital or clinic to get an MRI scan, he or she trusts that the medical imaging technologies are working properly

Projects and Programs


Greta Babakhanova Wins Brown Prize

The award includes a financial award, invitation to present a talk, and an invitation to contribute a short article describing Babakhanova’s...