Inspiration

Aldevron's Inspiration: The Honey Bee

Learning from one of nature’s most purposeful engineers

The honeycomb is one of nature’s most compelling forms. Attractive, functional and precise, it supports the honey bee’s role as a crucial facilitator of life. As humans, we rely on these natural engineers for our own survival––pollinating the fruit, vegetables and seed crops that account for much of what we eat. Equally remarkable is their ability to sustain themselves within the beehive, a production facility unlike any other.

Honey bees visit over two million flowers and fly up to 55,000 miles to produce just one pound of honey. Every contribution, no matter how small, is essential. Their ability to organize themselves into engineers, chemists, mathematicians, nurses, guards, and stewards make their performance impressive compared  to their tiny size.

The hexagonal architecture of their honeycomb is strong enough to support twenty times its weight. Cells are constructed simultaneously, back to back, in complete darkness, with unparalleled mathematical precision. Honey bees are also among the world's best navigators. Using the sun as her compass, a honey bee can locate a small patch of flowers miles away from her home and draw the hive’s attention to the newfound opportunity.

These attributes inspired Michael Chambers, Aldevron’s President and CEO, to adopt the same sense of diligence, precision and adaptability to serve as the foundation for the company. Raised in a family whose livelihood was built upon a rich beekeeping tradition spanning generations, Michael observed firsthand how shared objectives, cooperation and ingenuity could combine to accomplish momentous goals.

While recognizing honey bees’ commitment toward these aims, Michael realized a crucial, more human component was needed to take this approach to the next level: Purpose.  Inspired by his faith in God and the values of his upbringing, Michael established the company to serve others and make lives better.

Since its beginnings in 1998 at a small lab at North Dakota State University, Aldevron has grown into a world-class service organization focused on helping others achieve breakthroughs in life science. Specializing in plasmid DNA and protein production technologies, antibody generation and custom development services, Aldevron’s international presence engages a world-wide client base, bringing valuable tools, services and expertise to address a wide range of research, preclinical, clinical, and commercial needs.

For honey bees, expectations are exceeded as a matter of course. Their abilities are as inspiring as they are amazing. At Aldevron, our strong commitment to serving clients comes together with inspiration from these natural engineers to provide a high-value service model we adhere to in everything we do. Diligence, precision, adaptability and efficiency––the trademark of the honey bee––are the trademarks you can count on from Aldevron.