Thousands of minds, one mission.
Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries.
Battelle is the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, with over 22,000 employees at more than 60 locations globally. A 501(c)(3) charitable trust, Battelle was founded on industrialist Gordon Battelle’s vision that business and scientific interests can go hand-in-hand as forces for positive change.
Today, Battelle manages the world’s leading national laboratories and maintains a contract research portfolio spanning consumer and industrial, energy and environment, health and pharmaceutical and national security. We are valued for our independence and ability to innovate within virtually any business or research climate. From large government agencies and multi-national corporations to small start-ups and incubator projects, Battelle provides the resources, brainpower and flexibility to fulfill our clients’ needs.
Battelle’s own mission includes a strong charitable commitment to community development and education. That’s why we support staff volunteer efforts; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs; and philanthropic projects in the communities we serve.
Our leaders represent a rich blend of personal expertise gained through years of practical experience in our current markets—from scientific discovery, to product development, to the front lines of deployed operations. They know our clients and their challenges, and are a key reason we enjoy such strong customer loyalty.
Steel industrialist Gordon Battelle provided for the Battelle Memorial Institute in his 1923 last will and testament after a career devoted to the idea that science and research can solve problems in business and society as a whole. His vision became the Institute’s mission when it opened its doors six years later.
Today, Battelle’s shared values are founded on the belief that superior business performance and high ethical and community standards can go hand-in-hand.
Battelle maintains more than 60 locations worldwide, putting our resources where our clients need them most. Our facilities serve a wide spectrum of research, manufacturing and innovation interests for both scientific and commercial advantage. Our facilities include manufacturing centers; software and technology offices; and analytical, chemical, biological and material science laboratories. A network of strategic partnerships further extends our reach into government labs, academic institutions, and corporate research centers.
Battelle has created a global network of subsidiaries that specialize in targeted research and development on issues ranging from renewable energy resources to medical diagnostics to bio-terrorism. Each subsidiary is strategically placed, with world-class facilities and scientific experts who work collaboratively with their counterparts at national laboratories, universities and commercial enterprises. Teaming the best minds with best practices, our subsidiaries help expand Battelle’s reach in addressing the challenges that matter most in security, health, energy and education. In the process, we also advance our mission of using science and technology as a positive force for change.
Battelle is guided by our mission to reinvest our profits for greater purpose. This was the vision of our founder, Gordon Battelle, and it is his words that guide our philanthropic efforts to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Through our efforts, we aim to inspire the next generation of leaders, whose contributions will advance our community and the public good. Solving what matters most for our clients and communities is what makes Battelle who we are and inspires us all in that we do.
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