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Celebrating our Founder, Don Comb. 1927-2020

Updated: Nov 5, 2021

A passionate scientist and committed environmentalist, Don was a visionary who leaves a legacy spanning scientific research in molecular biology and conservation of the planet’s marine and terrestrial biodiversity.

In 1974 he established New England Biolabs, Inc. as a cooperative of scientists dedicated to providing research tools for molecular biologists, shaping the company as a leader in the discovery and production of recombinant enzymes for molecular biology applications.

Don’s deep love of the natural world and fascination with the arts and diverse cultures led him to create the New England Biolabs Foundation almost four decades ago.

His belief in the value of investing in small and grassroots organizations working to protect their landscapes, livelihoods and biodiversity shaped the approach of the foundation early on, and remains its touchstone to this day.

His commitment to the environment led him to engage actively with a wide range of environmental and marine conservation organizations, internationally and domestically. Don’s passion for the diversity of nature and culture on our fragile planet burned bright in him all his life, and that light will continue to guide us as we advance the mission of the New England Biolabs Foundation.

For more about Don’s extraordinary life and legacy, please see also the announcement by NEB, Inc, and the obituary published in The Boston Globe.

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