This year Safety Partners celebrates 21 years of business. Twenty-one years! Do you remember what working in a lab meant 20 or even 30 years ago?
When I started as a scientist, protein biochemistry was common in the academic laboratory. In situ hybridization and monoclonal antibodies were really cool and novel techniques. Working with radioactive materials to trace proteins was common and labs were mostly biology with a bit of chemistry. It was a really exciting day when we did our very first RNA experiment!
There have been incredible changes over the last few decades in what it means to work in a lab. Cell biology is still important but lab techniques and equipment are much different today compared to labs of the early 80s. Today, using radiation isn’t often necessary in experiments. A typical lab is, well, hard to imagine; there is no “typical” — you can walk into a lab with a machine shop, an organic chemistry lab synthesizing biosimilars, or find a lab with a 200-liter bioreactor for the development of new therapeutics.
My time in the lab ultimately led to lab management, then to lab safety, and then to founding Safety Partners in 1992. Our professional EHS hands-on service business grew out of the burgeoning One Kendall Square life science cluster; a product of long hours, hard work, and being surrounded by the best people. We have been so fortunate!
Safety Partners has evolved alongside the changing landscape of the life science industry. To represent the Safety Partners of today, we have hatched a new website. (Click around and check us out!) We are a really cool company because we hire really great people, and we all work incredibly hard to deliver best-in-class services to our clients. We’ve helped nearly 300 science and technology clients do important science safely.
On the cusp of our 22nd year in business, and as a fellow scientist who believes deeply in the importance of the life science industry in Greater Cambridge (yes, Boston too!), I want to say: Thank You to the network of like-minded, passionate professionals who Safety Partners employees bump into every day; Thank You to Safety Partners employees, past and present, who built Safety Partners hand-in-hand with me; and Thank You to our clients, for your trust and allowing us to do what we do best.
We are grateful to be a part of such an inspired community. I look forward to the next 20 years!