Dr. Joseph A. Stern formed The Bionetics Corporation
in 1969 to support the Viking Project, NASA’s first mission to Mars.
The five-man California-based company offered consulting services
in planetary quarantine through spacecraft sterilization, contamination
control, and microbial analysis. Dr. Stern reincorporated Bionetics
as a Virginia Corporation and moved the company’s operations to
Hampton, Virginia in late 1969 to be close to our first customer,
NASA's Langley Research Center.
During the 1970s, Bionetics continued to grow. Superior contract performance
was rewarded with multiple technical services and administrative support contracts
from Government and commercial customers. Through Dr. Stern’s leadership, this
carefully controlled expansion allowed Bionetics to offer an even more diversified
array of services to its growing customer base, while retaining a commitment
to uncompromising quality and superior performance. In the early 1980’s, Bionetics
embarked upon a strategic growth plan that included acquisitions to strengthen
and broaden our capability areas.
Mercury Consolidated, Inc. of Tustin, CA became part of Bionetics in 1984.
Mercury added capabilities in facilities operation and maintenance, computer
maintenance and air traffic control. The Mercury acquisition brought Bionetics
into large business status. In late 1988, Bionetics purchased Management Services
Incorporated (MSI) to broaden Bionetics’ aviation services capabilities. In
1992, Bionetics acquired certain assets of Ketron, Inc. to build market presence
in the U.S. Navy and Transportation markets, and to strengthen the company’s
operations research and analytical capabilities.
Throughout our history, our commitment to customer service and satisfaction
has remained constant. Bionetics has built a solid foundation that will allow
us to move forward as a company with a consistent, integrated set of products
and services. A company built upon a heritage of customer service and integrity
across our diverse customer base. And, a company that remembers where we came
from as we build for the future.