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Bill Linton founds Biotec, later named Promega

His vision was to create a place where biotechnology would lead to the cure and prevention of disease; a dynamic environment for the individual to be individual, and a path of discovery that would change the way researchers did their work.



Biotec moves into new facility

The 900 sq. ft. building gives employees more space to innovate and grow.



RNasin® is introduced

Analysis of RNA allows researchers to ask questions about which genes are expressed during development or in a particular cell type or tumor. RNasin has become the laboratory standard.



Biotec becomes Promega Biotec

Riboprobe® System launched



pGEM® Cloning Vectors created

1st issue of Promega Notes published



Taq DNA Polymerase is introduced

Promega Technical Services department established

This department is a resource for customers to contact when they challenging research questions arise. Technical Services is there to support you for all your research needs.


Research and Development Center opens in Madison

Madison campus expands with new headquarters and labs (6400 sq. meters)

First US Field Application Specialists employed

First Protocols and Apps Guide published

Forensic professionals gather at the first International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI)

ISHI remains the largest conference on DNA analysis for human identification, enabling experts to learn about emerging forensic DNA practices.

Promega opens in the United Kingdom



Luciferase biosensor technology is obtained

Bioluminescence allows scientists to study undetected activity in living cells, and is an alternative to radioactivity.



The BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTC Institute) forms

The institute offers thousands of students the opportunity to learn about molecular biology through hands-on experiences in a laboratory.

First STR multiplex system introduced


First luciferase patent granted

The patent was issued on Feb 1, 1994.

TNT® SP6 Coupled Reticulocyte Lysate System is named Top 100 Product by R&D Magazine

Biopharmaceutical Technology Center (BTC) manufacturing facility opens and adds 19,000 sq. meters to Madison campus

The BTC building houses manufacturing, the BTC Institute, quarterly art exhibits open to the public and spaces for rent to the community.


Promega opens in Japan

Scientific Training Team is established to provide technical-product training for both employees and customers

pGEM® T-Vectors introduced

www.promega.com is launched


CellTiter®96 Cell Viability Assay offered

Dual-Luciferase® Assay System launched

The Scientific Applications Team explores customer ideas on new applications for existing products



First Profiles in DNA published


Promega registers for Class 1 medical devices made available in the US

Molecular biology tools continue to play a role in supporting faster and more precise methods in human care and diagnosis.

Quality System certified to ISO 9001

CellTiter-Glo® Cell Viability Assay launched



RFID-enabled on-site stocking introduced. “Promega Express” is the only “intelligent” on-site service in the industry

The 900 sq. ft. building gives employees more space to innovate and grow.



Caspase-Glo® 3/7 Assay created


DNA IQ™ and AluQuant™ Human DNA Quantitation Systems are named Top 100 Technologies by R&D Magazine

Protein production facility opens in Madison


The P450-Glo™ CYPP450 Assay System is featured in the Top 100 Most Technologically Significant New Products by R&D Magazine


Terso Solutions, Inc. opens in Madison, Wisconsin

HaloTag® Technology is introduced



Quality System certified to ISO 13485

ISO 13485 represents the requirements for a comprehensive quality management system for the design and manufacture of medical devices.

Trypsin Gold launched

GloMax® 96 Luminometer for sale


Maxwell® 16 instrument and reagents for benchtop purification first offered


First Promega iPhone® App

Online chat available for Technical Support

Promega BioSystems Sunnyvale, Inc. Joins the company

Field support scientists provide on-site support of protocol development for HT instrument/reagent systems


Promega joins the United Nationals Global Compact

An initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation (our annual Corporate Responsibility Report).

R&D begins offering Custom Assay Services.


Direct amplification compatible STR multiplex system launched

Crime labs can now eliminate DNA purification and amplify samples directly from buccal or blood samples, saving hours of time in data-basing workflow.


Field Support Scientists begin to troubleshoot at customer labs

Nanoluc™ luciferase technology launched

Nanoluc™ named Top 10 Innovation by The Scientist

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Feynman Center, state-of-the-art cGMP manufacturing facility, opens in Madison

“Capitalist with a Soul” article is published

Bill’s 100-year vision for Promega is highlighted in the Isthmus Magazine feature article.


Kepler Center, Promega global processing center opens

Designed for efficient operations and incorporating the latest technology in cold storage material handling, the center will assure a continued high level of customer service.


ESI Initiative Takes Shape (Emotional and Social Intelligence)

ESI Core Principles and programs foster employee growth and support a strong future.


Promega is first to achieve third-party certification of published ISO 18385 manufacturing standard.

ESI Core Principles and programs foster employee growth and support a strong future.