University of Minnesota’s Microbiology Research Facility Now opened!

Written By: Kevin Theis
The new University of Minnesota’s Microbiology Research facility, home to the Department of Microbiology, is an 80,000 sq. ft. building which includes labs and office space for the study of infectious diseases, and will support the ­development of new drugs and vaccines. DAI’s own Kathy Mannie worked closely with Principle Investigators to secure an order for 33 biological safety cabinets from The Baker Company.  The university chose Baker’s Sterilgard SG504 and SG604 models for the quality of construction, the ergonomic features and the energy savings these models provide.  Due to the pathogens that researchers would be working they felt the peace of mind of a quality product was worth more than a low price from another brand. Kathy’s in-depth knowledge on The Baker Company product line ensured that no questions were left unanswered. Congratulations to Kathy, Baker, and the University of Minnesota for a perfect partnership.
President, DAI Scientific

Kevin is the owner, president and a sales rep for DAI Scientific. He brings over 25 years of experience working with customers in academic, clinical, industrial and bio/pharma laboratories. Kevin plays an important role in DAI’s direction and strategy, and he regularly works with architects, engineers and lab planners to ensure that products work with their designs and fit their intended application. He also prides himself on being up to date with industry developments and advancements; he frequently attends seminars to educate himself to better serve his clients.

Kevin enjoys his secondary role as a sales rep for DAI because it keeps him in touch with customer needs and helps inform future requirements of the industry. Under Kevin’s direction, DAI achieved the 16 Million Dollar Club award in 2019 and received Lancer’s “Outstanding Sales Performance” award in 2017, 2015 and 2012.

Kevin’s background includes a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Awards received:
2012, 2015, 2017 from Lancer for “Outstanding Sales Performance”
2025 Elitech for “#1 in Instrument Sales”
PHC (Formally Panasonic and Sanyo) Has given us several awards as we passed certain milestones.
16 Million Dollar Club 2019
11 million Dollar Club 2018
10 million dollar club 2015
5 million dollar club 2011