Biotechnology Clusters

Clusters are geographic concentrations of entrepreneurship and innovation. Clustering has been a prominent feature of the growth of biotechnology, as biotech companies emerged in areas with outstanding molecular-biology expertise combined with substantial opportunities for commercializing innovative research. Biotechnology innovation has generally occurred in certain geographic locations. A conference, “Building Biotechnology: The Past, Present, and Future of Biotechnology Clusters,” was hosted by the Center at CHF in April 2007 to address the question, what are the technical, business, and governmental policy factors that contribute to this phenomenon?

Staff: Ted Everson

Sensing Change

See your environment with fresh eyes through this online exhibit.

Hear It Firsthand

CHF’s Center for Oral History captures and preserves the stories of notable figures in chemistry and related fields. Many of the oral histories in the collection belong to winners of CHF’s awards, including

  • Arnold Beckman, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000)
  • Robert Allington, winner of the Pittcon Heritage Award (2005)
  • Carl Djerassi, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000), the AIC Gold Medal (2004), and the Ullyot Public Affairs Lecturer (1995)
  • Gordon Cain, winner of the Petrochemical Heritage Award (1997)

Listen to their extraordinary stories today!