With headquarters in Westbrook, IDEXX Laboratories is a leader in pet healthcare innovation. IDEXX provides diagnostic and IT-based products and services to veterinarians worldwide. (Photo: Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald)

Maine Fosters Innovation

Primary sectors are biotechnology, diagnostics, in-vitro diagnostics and solutions for animal health. Subsectors include:


  • Agricultural feedstock and chemicals
  • Bioscience-related distributors
  • Medical devices and equipment
  • Research, testing and medical laboratories

World Leaders in Research and Diagnostics

Why InSphero Chose Maine

InSphero lab image“Proximity to talent, both new to the workforce and experienced; proximity to customers; and proximity to Switzerland, in terms of travel and time zones.”

– Jan Lichtenberg, Ph.D., CEO/Co-founder, InSphero

Based in Zurich, Switzerland, InSphero opened its doors at TechPlace on Brunswick Landing in 2015. The company is a life science technology provider and the world’s leading supplier of organotypic 3D microtissues for drug safety and efficacy testing.   InSphero’s customers include the world’s largest government institutions, as well as pharmaceutical, chemical, and cosmetics companies.

The Maine Attraction

Home to a dynamic life sciences sector and known for its quality of life, the state is a ‘vacationland’ for many of its residents.  To see what Maine has to offer, click on the image below to watch the video.

Industry in Focus

Maine is home to global leaders in life sciences such as IDEXX and The Jackson Laboratory, however, the vast majority of the state’s sector is comprised of small to medium R&D and manufacturing companies with highly-specialized niches.  The strength of the sector is most readily appreciated by the diversity of the membership of BioME, the state’s industry association.

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Biological safety cabinet at BioWorks

A key advantage in Maine is the availability of private and shared wet laboratory space available for lease at competitive rates such as BioWorks at TechPlace in Brunswick Landing.   This shared facility is equipped for cell culture work with bench space available for rent on a monthly basis.  Instruments and equipment include incubators,  a biological safety cabinet with independent vacuum system, reverse osmosis water supply, cold storage to -80 C, an autoclave and an inverted phase contrast microscope.

Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
MDI Biological Laboratory is an independent, non-profit biomedical research institution near Bar Harbor working on cell and tissue repair and regeneration and the connection to disease and aging.  MDI Biological Laboratory is also an institution where students at all levels learn problem-solving and communication skills, and where out-of-the-box thinking, entrepreneurship, and partnership-building are encouraged.

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Proximity Without the Cost

Boston’s world-renowned life sciences ecosystem is only an hour’s drive from MaMaine mapine’s southern border.  Access to its resources without the expense of a metropolitan area’s inherently higher costs can be a key factor in selecting Maine as an ideal location.