At Promega we like to celebrate the good things, little and big, from the publication of a peer-reviewed paper from a customer or one of our scientists, to the completion of a dissertation defense, to the launch of an exciting new technology. Today we celebrate, along with our local Madison and our global scientific communities, the public opening of our new cGMP manufacturing facility, dedicated to serving customers who need molecular biology reagents for IVD assays.
We could not have asked for a more beautiful fall day for the events. We’ll be live blogging from the opening to share a little bit of the celebration with our Promega Connections community as well.
Promega employees and Wisconsin community members gather for opening ceremonies
Even Mother Nature seems to be celebrating today.
The lobby of the Research and Development Center seems to be the staging area for something mysterious…stay tuned.
Promega CEO, Bill Linton, speaks to the visitors and introduces his friend and colleague, Jeanette Roberts, Dean School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, who will officially dedicate the building…with a bang…
Forget the ribbon cutting, we have fireworks and dragons dancing and playing with the crowd.
Cycropia Arial Dance performers grace the rafters of the new building.
Containing over 40 plant species, native and tropical, the 7,000 plantings in the Living Wall will grow and bloom year-round.
Visitors to the opening donned lab coats and safety glasses for hands-on science experiments.
The Crossroads area of the new manufacturing center features a Catalyst lab, a place devoted to new ideas.
This new cGMP facility was built to have the least effect on the natural environment as possible–surrounded by rain gardens and native plantings, using grey water for flushing toilets–sustainable growth was the goal.
We are not just celebrating a building; we are celebrating the spirit that drives us to dream big and do grand things. We are celebrating the spirit that causes us to want beautiful places to work, places that preserve the natural environment but still allow us to grow intellectually–as people and corporations. We are celebrating community and the desire to make the world a little better place to be by our having been in it.
As I walked back to my desk , the beat of drums and the voices of the crowds faded and mixed with the rustling leaves of the prairie. It’s a beautiful building, but I am still humbled by the beauty of late afternoon sun reflecting off turning leaves.
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Michele earned her B.A. in biology at Wesleyan College
in Macon, GA, and her PhD through the BCDB Program at Emory University
in Atlanta, GA. Michele manages the Promega Connections blog. She enjoys leisure reading, writing creative nonfiction and knitting, and the occasional cross-country skiing jaunt.