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Battelle Memorial Institute

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Battelle Memorial Institute
Company typePrivate Nonprofit Charitable Trust
IndustryNational Security, Healthcare, Environment
FoundedColumbus, Ohio (1929)
HeadquartersColumbus, Ohio, U.S.
Key people
Lewis Von Thaer, President and CEO
ServicesResearch & Development, Engineering Services
RevenueUS$6.2 billion[1]
Number of employees
Websitewww.battelle.org Edit this at Wikidata
Headquarters in Columbus

Battelle Memorial Institute (or simply Battelle) is a private nonprofit applied science and technology development company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The institute opened in 1929 but traces its origins to the 1923 will of Ohio industrialist Gordon Battelle which provided for its creation and his mother Annie Maude Norton Battelle who left the bulk of the family fortune to the institute after her death in 1925.[2] Originally focusing on contract research and development work in the areas of metals and material science, Battelle is now an international science and technology enterprise that explores emerging areas of science, develops and commercializes technology, and manages laboratories for customers. It has 3,200 employees,[citation needed][when?] and manages another 29,500[citation needed] in ten United States Department of Energy National Laboratories.

Nonprofit status


Battelle is a charitable trust organized as a nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Ohio and is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code because it is organized for charitable, scientific and educational purposes.

From 1969 to 1975, the institute was involved in a lawsuit over whether it was "neglecting its philanthropic promises" as a nonprofit organization. It reached an $80 million settlement in 1975 (equivalent to $452,987,013 in 2023), used to demolish Union Station, build Battelle Hall at the Columbus Convention Center, refurbish the Ohio Theatre and create Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park. The institute lost its nonprofit status in the 1990s, though regained it by 2001.[3][4]



Contract research business


Battelle serves the following:

  • Agribusiness: cannabis research, encapsulation, formulation, environmental fate, spray drift and droplet characterization
  • Ecology and environment: scientific data packages for researchers, air, water and soil analysis, assessment and remediation
  • Health: genomics, life sciences research, medical device development, neurotechnology, public health studies
  • Materials science: analytical chemistry, characterization, coatings, compounds and structures, corrosion studies, nanoparticles and materials
  • National security: aviation and aerospace technologies, chemical and biological defense systems, cyber innovations, ground tactical systems, maritime technologies
  • Research infrastructure: Biosafety Laboratory 3 (BSL3) operations, chemical demilitarization facilities, National Ecological Observatory Network, national laboratory management
  • STEM education: BattelleEd, STEMX, Battelle Arts Grant, STEM Learning Networks

In addition to its Columbus, Ohio headquarters, Battelle has offices in Aberdeen, Maryland; West Jefferson, Ohio; Seattle, Washington; Arlington, Virginia; Norwell, Massachusetts; Charlottesville, Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland; Boulder, Colorado; and Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.[5]

Federal government project management


National laboratories


In addition to operating its own research facilities, as of 2022, Battelle managed or co-managed on behalf of the United States Department of Energy the following national laboratories:

Homeland Security


On behalf of the Department of Homeland Security:

National Science Foundation projects


Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy (OSU/Glenn)


Battelle provides funds for a public policy research center at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs of Ohio State University to focus on scholarly questions associated with science and technology policy. The Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy at Ohio State in July 2011.[8]

Notable projects

View of Columbus facilities from King Avenue

Notable Battelle projects include:

  • Dry copying - In the 1940s, Battelle's Vice-President of Engineering, John Crout made it possible for Battelle researchers, including William Bixby and Paul Andrus, to develop Chester Carlson's concept of dry copying. Carlson had been turned down for funding by more than a dozen agencies including the U.S. Navy. Work led to the first commercial xerographic equipment, and the formation of Xerox corporation.
  • Fiber optics - In 1987 PIRI, a fiber optics venture with Mitsubishi and NTT, was launched, which resulted in a $1.8 billion market.
  • "No-melt" chocolate - In conjunction with Kevin M. Amula, Battelle Geneva developed "No-melt" chocolate in 1988.
  • Medical advances - Including a 1972 breakthrough development of special tubing to prevent blood clots during surgical procedures,[10] and more recently, the development of reusable insulin injection pen, including dose memory, with Eli Lilly and Company
  • Covid rapid test - In April 2020, Battelle Memorial Institute partnered with Ohio State University to distribute rapid tests for Covid-19, with results in less than 5 hours.[14][15]
  • N95 respirator decontamination - On March 29, 2020, Battelle announced that it had received an Emergency Use Authorization to deploy a system to decontaminate N95 respirators for healthcare providers.[16] Battelle received a $400 million contract from the Defense Logistics Agency for the project, known as the Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS).[17] Following the conclusion of the program in May 2021, Battelle invoiced $155 million, with 5 million masks decontaminated and an average cost of $31 per mask.[18]

See also



  1. ^ "Annual Financial Statement" (PDF). Battelle Memorial Institute. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 19, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  2. ^ "Women's History Month 2020: Annie's Impact on Battelle". Inside Battelle. March 9, 2020. Retrieved August 10, 2021.
  3. ^ "Battelle's world: Columbus-based research giant extends its global reach". The Columbus Dispatch.
  4. ^ "Urban Redevelopment and the Structure of Power: The Impact of Private Interests on the Policy-Making Process in Columbus, Ohio" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 16, 2021.
  5. ^ "BATTELLE LOCATIONS". Archived from the original on April 20, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  6. ^ "About the Alliance". allianceforsustainableenergy.org. Archived from the original on July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  7. ^ Mervis, Jeffrey. "NSF picks Battelle to run NEON". Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  8. ^ "Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy". Archived from the original on March 21, 2018. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  9. ^ Battelle Memorial Institute Firsts Archived August 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved July 26, 2009.
  10. ^ St. Louis Commerce Magazine, "A Tale of Four Cities" Archived November 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 26 July 2009.
  11. ^ Bauder, David (September 5, 2003). "VNS Data From '02 Midterm Votes Released". Associated Press. Archived from the original on March 25, 2016. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  12. ^ Morin, Richard (January 14, 2003). "Networks To Dissolve Exit Poll Service". Washington Post. Archived from the original on August 4, 2011.
  13. ^ Rutenberg, Jim (November 5, 2004). "Report Says Problems Led to Skewed Surveying Data". The New York Times.
  14. ^ "Battelle Memorial Institute partners with OSU to create rapid results testing for COVID-19". WEWS. April 6, 2020. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  15. ^ Hancock, Laura; clevel; .com (March 31, 2020). "Columbus-based Battelle is at the forefront of battling the coronavirus: 5 facts about the nonprofit firm". cleveland. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  16. ^ "Battelle deploys decontamination system for reusing N95 masks". Battelle. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  17. ^ "Battelle lands $400M federal contract to decontaminate N95 masks for hospitals in more cities". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  18. ^ "Battelle's federal contract to decontaminate N95 masks has wrapped up – here's final tally". NBC4 WCMH-TV. May 13, 2021. Retrieved July 21, 2021.

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