The Natural Resources Research Institute is one of the University of Minnesota Duluth’s shining stars, and after 30 years, continues to shine even brighter. NRRI, which conducts environmental research and partners with local businesses to create jobs in eco-friendly industries, is featured in this month’s Minnesota Business Magazine.
In the past five years, NRRI has worked with more than 400 companies and entrepreneurs and, since inception in 1983, has helped to secure more than 75 patents. Its areas of expertise are varied ranging from wood, chemicals, minerals and metals to medical and aeronautical devices, making the Institute a valuable resource for small and mid-sized companies throughout the region who don’t have research departments.
One of NRRI’s newest partners, The Actives Factory, is a U of M startup that uses chemicals derived from birch bark to manufacture pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial products and nutritional supplements.