Beckman Institute at Caltech
About the Institute
As one of Dr. Arnold Beckman's alma maters, Caltech became a natural choice to develop an interdisciplinary Institute. Working closely with Dr. Harry Gray, the plan for the Institute to become an instrumentation and innovation hub was developed.
The mission of the Beckman Institute is to invent methods, instrumentation and materials that will open new avenues for fundamental research in the chemical and biological sciences, and to provide technological support for these efforts. The Beckman Institute strives to provide the kind of environment and support that will foster the initiation and early development of research thrusts too innovative, or too "high-risk", for the regular sources of research support in government and industry. Activities within the Beckman Institute are characterized by their promise of significant technological advances in fundamental fields of biology, chemistry and related sciences.
Most of the scientific activity in the Beckman Institute is organized into three types of major programs: Resource Centers, Facilities and Pilot Projects.