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What is your company’s mission?
As a member of the Bio-Techne family of brands, our mission at R&D Systems is to empower researchers in life science by providing high-quality reagents, instruments, custom manufacturing and genome engineering services.
What products and services do you offer?
R&D Systems is the industry leader for premium reagents and technical support. For over 35 years, researchers have trusted our recombinant proteins, immunoassays, antibodies and cell culture components.
Our Custom Services Team develops and delivers reagents, assays and genome engineering services to meet customers’ requirements. We provide dedicated project managers, access to our extensive ISO-certified development and testing capabilities, regular project updates and confidentiality. Our custom-generated projects are delivered by the same expert scientists who create our catalog products and are governed by the same stringent quality systems that support all our businesses.
What problems does your organization solve? 
We solve the need for consistent, high-quality reagents and consultative, personalized services. Our exceptional quality standards mean that our products will perform as intended every time, saving our customers time and resources. Our standards ensure outstanding product reproducibility and reliability as well as fewer delays due to reagent performance. Work performed within our FDA-regulated facility means that customers can move seamlessly into regulatory agency submissions with Bio-Techne’s regulatory affairs team as a partner.
What are the most innovative tools and technologies that you offer?
GMP ProDots™ Proteins: pre-aliquoted, lyophilized and instantly dissolvable spheres of animal-free GMP cytokines or growth factors that are conveniently packaged into single-use bags for easy incorporation into closed-system manufacturing workflows.
Custom Services: from antibodies to proteins, assays to media formulations or converting an RUO product into a GMP-qualified version, R&D Systems will partner with you to help you meet your goals.
TcBuster™: a next-generation non-viral genetic modification system with the potential to deliver therapeutic payloads to various cell types to address a broad range of therapeutic applications.
What are your competitive advantages? 
R&D Systems has been recognized as the most trusted supplier of premium research reagents for over 35 years. Our quality philosophy is supported by the high-level scientists that we employ, the stringent production standards and control testing performed on our products, the prestigious research articles that feature our products and the thriving biomedical research environment that surrounds us.
Success rates on our service projects are >95%. We take on difficult projects that others may not be willing to assist with. Ultimately, this saves our customers precious time, and funding.
As a brand within Bio-Techne, R&D Systems can leverage our family of brands, which cover small molecules, analytical instrumentation, RNA ISH assays, clinical diagnostics and testing services.
Who are your clients? 
Our customers are at the cutting edge of academic research, translating basic discoveries to therapeutic leads and developing life-saving cell therapies. We support customers in all branches of life sciences.
What new products and services are you developing in 2020? 
Among the many products we developed in 2020, a standout for us has been a focused effort to develop multiple coronavirus proteins and antibodies as well as our COVID-SeroIndex quantitative immunoassay for SARS-CoV-2 IgG kits.
Another exciting development was the addition of our Genome Engineering Services capabilities. We now offer genome engineering with multiple platforms, including our TcBuster™ gene delivery system, GMP process development and cell manufacturing services.
In 2021, we look forward to many exciting product launches including our first GMP-grade T cell media for immune cell therapy manufacturing.
Where are your laboratories and offices located? 
R&D Systems is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with other Bio-Techne offices and laboratories located around the globe.
How has Scientist.com helped your business? 
Scientist.com has helped us connect with and serve some of the world’s most recognized biotech and pharmaceutical companies. We are grateful to Scientist.com for facilitating these opportunities through a secure, easy-to-use platform.