Institute of Biotechnology History

Still located in the Biotechnology Building, on Cornell's Ithaca campus

  • 1983 : The Cornell Biotechnology Program was established to promote the new discipline of modern biotechnology. It housed one of the first seven Centers for Advanced Technology in New York State, in Biotechnology.
  • 1999 : A revised charter and new name were adopted; the Institute for Biotechnology and Life Sciences Technologies reflected the evolution of the program to embrace education, training and research in advanced technologies and their application to societal needs, using basic principles in physics, chemistry and engineering.
  • 2003 : The Center for Life Science Enterprise was redesignated. A major role is to promote the education and training of biologists, engineers, agricultural personnel, and medical scientists. The Institute serves as a focal point for bringing together university scientists conducting research in the biological and physical sciences.
  • 2012 : To simplify, the Institute of Biotechnology name was adopted along with a streamlined website.

The Institute umbrella administratively supports the Center for Life Science Enterprise (CAT), the Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC), and the McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences, a state-of-the-art on-campus business incubator.

The Institute of Biotechnology is funded by Cornell University, the State of New York, industrial partners, and the National Science Foundation.

See the YouTube video for an overview. Listen to the Real People, Real Jobs radio spot: Commercializing Cornell’s Biotechnology.