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Cell and Cell Products Fermentation Facility, Waksman Institute of Microbiology (Busch Campus) (Biotechnology)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

190 Frelinghuysen Road

Piscataway, NJ 08854

United States

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Arvin Cesar Lagda

Last Updated: 06/23/2023

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Research Overview

The Cell and Cell Products Fermentation Facility at Waksman Institute has a multi-client base and produces a wide range of bulk biologics including: antimicrobials, cosmetic substrates, flavors/fragrances, biopesticides/bioherbicides and plasmid-derived proteins, enzymes, growth factors and diagnostics to name just a few. We are equipped to handle most requests with the exceptions: pathogenic or opportunistic organisms and mammalian and insect cell lines. The facility is designated BL2-LS. Our bioreactor volumes range from 15 to 800L maximum operating volumes. All projects are conducted under CDA/NDA agreements, which limit discussion of specific company or projects. We operate as a not-for-profit, fee-for-service, self-supportive lab and receive no direct funding from state or federal sources.


The primary goal has been to provide affordable fermentation services to a highly diverse client base which includes but not limited to the academia, pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The facility welcomes academia, start-up firms, small research operations, and larger companies who find their in-house facilities overtaxed. The facility meets BL2-LS containment requirements, and is comprised of four contiguous operation units:

Material Preparation Laboratory
Fermentation In-Process/Computer Control
Product Recovery
Analytical Services

With the advantage of having the world\\\'s pharmaceutical industry in its backyard and being situated at a University that offers a diverse set of core facilities and equipment for collaborative use, a productive climate of industrial liaison has been the historical legacy of the facility.

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