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Community Touch

Building and sustaining long-term relationships worldwide by engaging local communities and supporting education, science and the arts.


The BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTC Institute)

This not-for-profit organization founded by Promega in 1993 provides educational, scientific and cultural enrichment experiences. Educational programs focus on the life sciences for a wide range of learners including upper elementary students, career scientists in academia and industry, and the general public. Often this learning is offered in partnership with other community organizations such as the Dane County School Consortium, Madison College and University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW-Madison). For instance, middle and high school teachers are served through several stipend-supported summer courses designed to help them effectively incorporate biotechnology into their curricula.

Six graduate level courses for UW-Madison, including all three Molecular Technologies courses for the Masters in Biotechnology Program, are offered through the BTC Institute. During the 2016–2017 academic year, approximately 3,250 middle and high school students from Wisconsin and Illinois visited BTC Institute labs for hands-on, molecular biology-based field trips. An “on the road” program that brings BTC Institute teachers and lab activities directly to classrooms reached 510 students in 2016–2017.

Annually, the BTC Institute hosts the International Forum on Consciousness, bringing together the worlds of natural and social sciences, and the Wisconsin Stem Cell Symposium in partnership with the UW-Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center.

Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders

For 25 years, Promega has been a substantial supporter of Woods Hollow Children’s Center. This nonprofit child care center is located on the main corporate campus in Wisconsin, and is open to Promega employees as well as families in the surrounding community. Woods Hollow provides early childhood education and care for children 6 weeks to 10 years old, and is fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The center promotes parent involvement in all center activities and appropriate teacher compensation. Thanks to the dedication and expertise of a committed staff, Woods Hollow operates within NAEYC guidelines, the highest accreditation standards in the U.S. Learn more at: woodshollow.org

Cool Science Image Contest

Is it science? Is it art? Yes. Images from microscopes, satellites, telescopes and other technologies are informative, but they can also be true works of art. The annual Cool Science Image Contest, sponsored by Promega, challenges students, staff and faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison to capture and share compelling science images. Winning images are showcased at Promega headquarters and at the Wisconsin Science Festival, and are also featured on UW-Madison web sites and other communications. 

Coordinating Events to Raise Money for Local Charities

The Community Action Team (CAT) at Promega Biosciences in San Luis Obispo, CA, regularly organizes engaging fundraising events for employees and their families to support the needs of local charitable organizations. In 2017, the CAT team gave funds to 17 different organizations including local elementary schools, Woods Humane Society and the Prado Day Center homeless shelter. A holiday cookie exchange raised funds for victims of the Thomas Fire in Ventura, CA. Employees are also actively involved in their community, hosting blood drives, picking up trash along an adopted local stretch of highway and preparing lunches at two local homeless shelters. Last year, they served more than 100 hot meals.