If you scratch the surface of many of the biotechnology companies in
the Madison area, chances are you will find some connection with Promega
Corp. — scientists who cut their teeth there and went on to found or
lead other biotechs in the market.
For more than 30 years, Promega, led by founder and chief
executive Bill Linton, has grown and flourished in the fields of
Fitchburg, nurturing biotech studies, encouraging worldwide discussion
of biotech ethics issues and serving as a training ground for future
biotech leaders as its own business has developed worldwide.
Selling 2,500 products used by scientists, researchers
and life science and pharmaceutical companies, Promega has 1,200
employees, including nearly 700 here, and topped $300 million in sales
in 2011. One of its machines, the Maxwell 16 purification machine used
for forensic analysis, has been on network TV, on the CBS program "CSI: