PASSIONATE ABOUT PROTEIN
PROTEOS DELIVERS CONTRACT RESEARCH SERVICES TO BIOPHARMA COMPANIES

STORY HEATHER BAKER | IMAGE HANNAH ZIEGELER

COMPANY
Proteos

WEBSITE
proteos.com

LOCATION
4717 Campus Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

REGIONAL FOOTPRINT
8,000 square feet in Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine Innovation Center

YEAR FOUNDED
2003

TWO ENTREPENEURS WITH A DREAM
Two scientists displaced from the Pfizer merger with Pharmacia, Clark W. Smith, PhD and Robert L. Heinrickson, PhD, started a contract research organization (CRO) drawing on their experience in the expression and purification of recombinant proteins. Their desire to remain in the Kalamazoo scientific community gave birth to Proteos, a CRO serving biopharma, biotechnology, and life science companies.

LOCAL EXECUTIVES

  • Mary Shuck, President
  • Lindsey Gottler, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
11

SERVICES

Proteos provides these protein production services:

  • Protein Expression
  • Protein Purification
  • Antibody Production
  • Baculovirus Titering
  • Thermal Shift Analysis

A REFRESHER FROM BIOLOGY CLASS
According to Genetic Home Reference, “Proteins are large, complex molecules that play many critical roles in the body. They do most of the work in cells and are required for the structure, function, and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs. Composed of hundreds or thousands of smaller units called amino acids, proteins are attached to one another in long chains. There are 20 different types of amino acids that can be combined to make a protein. The sequence of amino acids determines each protein’s unique 3-dimensional structure and its specific function.”

WHAT PROTEINS DO
Proteins play one of five important functions in the human body:

  • Antibodies to protect the body from viruses and bacteria.
  • Enzymes which cause chemical reactions within cells and form new molecules by reading genetic code within DNA.
  • Structural components that provide structure and support to cells, meaning they allow the body to move.
  • Messengers that coordinate biological processes between different cells, tissues, and organs.
  • Transporters and storers that bind and carry atoms and molecules within cells and throughout the body.

PROTEIN PRODUCTION
Biopharma companies, life-science companies, and academic labs approach Proteos to provide a variety of services including the production of proteins that will be used to support the research of those specific companies. Proteos utilizes multiple expression systems— bacteria, insect cell, or mammalian cell—for protein expression. In most cases, the protein is then purified prior to delivery to their customer. With every project, Proteos provides a complete technical report detailing the entire project workflow and all associated data.

VALUE PROPOSITION
Proteos is an industry leader in customer-driven project design and implementation. The two most valued assets that Proteos offers customers are project customization and experience. Working closely with customers to develop quotations that contain customized and detailed workflows, Proteos scientists are often consulted and asked to troubleshoot difficult projects due to their experience and expertise. With a current average tenure of over eight years of service, Proteos scientists combine their skill sets to provide customers with decades of experience in protein production. production.

WHO’S EMPLOYEED AT PROTEOS
Scientists with bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees, as well as administrative staff.

CURRENTLY SEEKING A SCIENTISTS
Interested in a career at Proteos? Learn more at proteos.com/careers.

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