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About Us

Battelle is solving the world’s most pressing challenges.

We deliver when others can’t. We conduct research and development, manage laboratories, design and manufacture products, and deliver critical services for our clients – whether you are a multi-national corporation, a small start-up organization or a government agency.

We are valued for our independence and ability to innovate.

Our Vision, Mission & Values

Battelle's vision is to be a major force in science and technology discovery and in the translation of knowledge into innovative applications that have significant societal and economic impacts.

Steel industrialist Gordon Battelle provided for the Battelle Memorial Institute in his 1923 last will and testament after a career devoted to the idea that science and research can solve problems in business and society as a whole. His vision became our mission when we opened our doors six years later.

Translate scientific discovery and technology advances into societal benefits ". . . for the purpose of education in connection with and the encouragement of creative and research work in the making of discoveries and inventions . . . to do the greatest good for humanity . . ."  

- Gordon Battelle's last will and testament

Our Solvers

At Battelle, we consider ourselves very fortunate to have some of the brightest and most creative minds walking our hallways and working in our labs. Our employees – called “Solvers” for the solutions they provide to difficult challenges – are the glue that holds our company together and why we’re still here after 90 years.

Visit the Careers page to see how you can become a Battelle solver.

Photo: Two Battelle staff members, young women, standing together during a Habitat For Humanity Project

In the Community

Giving back to the communities where we live and work is in our company’s DNA. Whether it’s through charitable giving – both from employees and our corporate dollars – or the numerous hours volunteered, Battelle is making a difference.

Charitable Giving

Employee Giving

Diversity, Inclusion & Collaboration

As a research institution, diversity is one of our strongest assets and we celebrate the characteristics that make every individual different. Our culture reflects our employees’ diverse life experiences, educational backgrounds, geographic origins, socioeconomic statuses, communication styles and everything else that makes them unique. 

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diversity and inclusion
Lou Von Thaer

Lou Von Thaer,  Battelle President & CEO


Battelle is governed by a Board of Directors and led by a management team. Together they serve as stewards of the vision of our founder, Gordon Battelle. Our leaders represent a rich blend of expertise gained through years of experience.

Board of Directors

Senior Management

Battelle Innovation: Yesterday & Today

Much has changed in the world in the last 90 years. But what has remained the same since Battelle opened its doors in 1929 is our commitment to solving the world’s most pressing issues with groundbreaking science and technology, and our focus on giving back to the communities where we live and work.

Learn more about our history and 90 years of scientific discovery.

Video: A sixty-second showcase of just a few of Battelle's discoveries over the last ninety years.