Boston Biochem About Us

Boston Biochem, Inc. is the leading global producer of ubiquitin-related research products.  Since 1997, it has been our mission to provide ubiquitin proteasome pathway (UPP) researchers with innovative tools that facilitate and accelerate drug discovery efforts. Boston Biochem specializes in several related product lines for ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like (UBL) proteins (e.g. Apg8, FAT10, ISG15, NEDD8, SUMO, UFM1) and associated enzymes, substrates, inhibitors and kits.

In 2011, Boston Biochem was acquired by R&D Systems, a leading supplier of cell biology reagents with more than 20 years of experience and a unique product manufacturing model that ensures strict quality control and the highest level of consistency and performance in their products.  

With R&D Systems’ expertise in sales, distribution, and logistics in place, Boston Biochem is now exclusively focused on new product development. Extensive expertise in protein purification, characterization, modification, and assay development as well as a close relationship with the UPP research community allows us to continue to offer the most comprehensive product range available.

Our acquisition also gives us the opportunity to co-develop complementary antibodies, ELISAs, and kits from R&D Systems, and complementary inhibitors and substrates from Tocris Bioscience.  All Boston Biochem specialized tools continue to be developed, produced, and characterized in-house with a commitment to affordability and excellence.  

In 2014, Techne became Bio-Techne, joining Boston Biochem with the other core brands of R&D Systems, Tocris, and Novus Biologicals to provide researchers with a broad array of products and services.  The same ubiquitin expertise and quality that you have come to expect from us will be more readily available as we become R&D Systems, powered by Boston Biochem.

The Boston Biochem Advantage

  • The most comprehensive ubiquitin-related product range available
  • Exclusive and dedicated focus on ubiquitin-related research
  • Protein biochemistry research and manufacturing facility
  • Expertise in protein purification, characterization, modification, and assay development
  • Specialized products originate and are developed, produced, and characterized in-house
  • Close collaborative relationship with ubiquitin and ubiquitin-related communities
  • Scientific expertise allows for rapid expansion into new areas of ubiquitin-related discovery and enables superior technical support
  • R&D Systems expertise now handles sales, distribution, and logistics, allowing for 100% focus on new product development
  • R&D Systems complementary antibodies, ELISAs, and kits provide a complete product offering
  • Tocris chemical expertise completes the inhibitor and substrate offering


Join Our Team!
Boston Biochem is a fast-paced, rapidly growing bio-techne brand. with extensive expertise in the disciplines of protein biochemistry. Boston Biochem develops a full range of specialized reagents for the study of the ubiquitin-proteasome and related pathways.

Immediate Opening:

Job Title: Commensurate with Experience
Company: Boston Biochem, Inc.
Position Category: Industry, Scientist
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Company Profile
Boston Biochem is a fast-paced, biotechnology-oriented subsidiary of R&D Systems, Inc. with extensive expertise in the disciplines of protein biochemistry.  The company’s primary function is the development and production of specialized reagents that enable the study of the ubiquitin-proteasome and related signaling pathways, thereby facilitating drug discovery efforts of the international biomedical research community.

Job Description
We seek an experienced protein biochemist who will contribute to the ongoing research and development of products including complex assay systems, post-translationally modified proteins and peptides, and recombinant enzymes.  The successful candidate will have previously purified proteins from bacterial, insect, and/or mammalian expression systems, and will have theoretical knowledge and preferably hands-on experience with isolation of proteins from eukaryotic tissues.

Required Skills
Proven experience in different protein purification methods including affinity, SEC, HIC, and IEX chromatography using common laboratory equipment such as Ӓkta FPLC, HPLC, microfluidizer, etc.  Practical experience in the areas of protein labeling/chemical modifications, enzymology, and assay development will also be required.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential for reporting results to the team and generating documentation including SOP’s.  The candidate must have strong problem solving, analytical, and organizational skills, and be highly motivated and work well in a small-team environment.

Educational Requirements
The position requires a Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences (no PhD’s) with 2-5 years of relevant experience, preferably in an industrial setting.  Experience in the field of ubiquitin or cell signaling processes is a plus.  

Application Information
Boston Biochem offers an exciting flexible work environment with competitive compensation, benefits, and equity participation.  Boston Biochem is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send resume and a cover letter* describing your experience to:

Boston Biochem, Inc.
ATTN: Human Resources
840 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
*resumes submitted without cover letters will not be considered 

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Boston Biochem Inc.
840 Memorial Drive 
Cambridge, MA 02139 
Tel: (617) 576-2210 
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