50 years of NEB

NEB Overview

Founded in the mid-1970s as a collective of scientists committed to developing innovative products for the life sciences industry, New England Biolabs is proud to be a world leader in the discovery and production of enzymes for molecular biology applications.

New England Biolabs – celebrating 50 years of passion for science

Created by scientists for scientists, NEB prioritizes the advancement of science, stewardship of the environment, and giving back to the world around us in everything we do. Since our establishment in 1974, we have remained committed to developing high quality, innovative products that not only empower your research but also our own. Our profits have always funded an extensive research program, which we believe is critical for staying connected to our customers and helping to drive scientific breakthroughs. From our founding principles to our unique corporate culture, NEB’s philosophy can be distilled down to three core values: passion, humility and being genuine.

NEB offers the largest selection of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research. While restriction enzymes remain part of our core product portfolio, our ever-expanding catalog also includes products related to PCR, gene expression, sample preparation for next generation sequencing, synthetic biology, glycobiology, epigenetics and RNA analysis. Additionally, we are also focused on strengthening alliances that enable new technologies to reach key market sectors, including molecular diagnostics development and nucleic acid vaccines.

As we reflect on the last 50 years and look toward the future, we are excited to support your research and help you address the complex challenges facing the world today. We hope that by working together we can shape the science of tomorrow.

Help us celebrate 50 years!

Throughout the year, we will be hosting a series of events to celebrate our customers. Check back regularly to find out what we are up to!

50 Years World Tour 

50-stop World Tour 
 Where in the world is NEB? We are setting out on a 50-stop world tour and want you to join us!

50 year specials and offers 

New Products and Special Offers
Learn more about our latest products and special offers and be sure to request your product samples

Passion in Science

2024 Passion in Science Awards
Help us celebrate those within the scientific community working to solve many of today’s challenges.

Basic Science
Basic Science

We believe that basic research and the cultivation of scientific knowledge is critical for us to stay connected with our customers and to drive scientific breakthroughs. At NEB, over 30 labs participate in research projects, which are aided by post-doctoral fellows and students in Masters and Ph.D. programs. NEB researchers have authored or co-authored over 1,450 publications to date, the vast majority of which are in peer-reviewed journals. With a dual focus on basic and applied research, NEB’s culture is both collaborative and academic –  Our scientists actively participate in collaborations with their peers and share their research through speaking engagements and poster presentations.

Technical Support

We have always made it a goal to provide the highest quality products, tools and expertise. This philosophy has led to many longstanding relationships with fellow scientists. Our commitment to scientists is the same regardless of whether they have purchased products from NEB; their ongoing research is supported by our catalog, website and technical staff. Our technical support model is unique as it utilizes most of our scientists –  inquiries are directed to one of our experts in the product or its application. This can be one of our designated technical support scientists who are focused on specific applications, product managers who manufacture the product, development scientists who are responsible for optimization, or a researcher who uses the product daily. It is our goal to get you the best support possible.

Social Responsibility & Sustainability
Environmental Focus

While our passion for science helps us to drive discovery, we continue to be guided by our responsibility to each other and our community, both locally and globally. We continuously strive to promote ecologically sound practices and environmental sustainability in order to protect our natural resources. We also recognize that we must work together to build a more equitable society and improve diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplace.

To learn about our commitment to practicing ethical science, Read NEB’s Ethics Statement.

To learn about the appropriate level of conduct NEB expects from suppliers, in addition to our commitment to conducting business with integrity and in accordance with sustainability considerations, read NEB’s Supplier Code of Conduct.

Good Citizen Programs

Making the world a better place is a cornerstone of NEB’s mission. Being a good neighbor, locally and globally, is just one way that NEB ensures the betterment of the people it touches. For example, NEB contributes to the community through the New England Biolabs Foundation, which supports environmental awareness, education, health and the arts. By funding grants and programs to encourage engagement in the community, as with the Creative Action Institute, NEB is able to reach out and change lives. In combination with the Ocean Genome Legacy Center, NEBF is an example of NEB’s enduring promise to improve the communities that it influences.

* The New England Biolabs Foundation is a private independent foundation whose mission is to foster community-based conservation of landscapes and seascapes, and the bio-cultural diversity found in these places.

* The Creative Action Institute (formerly known as ArtCorps) works at the intersection of creativity and social change. They work to build the capacity of leaders and organizations for innovation, collaboration and resilience to advance conservation, health and human rights globally.

*The Ocean Genome Legacy Center of New England Biolabs is a non-profit research center dedicated to conservation of marine genome diversity and maintaining a repository of genomic DNA from marine organisms around the world.

International Network

The international distribution of NEB’s products is achieved through a worldwide network of distributors, affiliates and NEB owned subsidiaries, all committed to providing quality, value and excellent service. For international contact information please go to our International Support page. For customers from countries not listed on our web site please contact intorder@neb.com for additional information.