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. Inventions in the state received 242 patents since 2012, no doubt fueled by increased funding by the National Institutes of Health and Prevention to $84 million in 2015.


Active 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 customer base includes the world’s largest government institutions, as well as pharmaceutical, chemical, and cosmetics companies.

The Maine Attraction

Home to a dynamic life sciences sector, Maine also offers majestic beauty, fine dining, arts and culture. Here, you can have it all. To see what Maine has to offer, watch the video.

Industry in Focus

Maine is home to global leaders in life sciences such as IDEXX and Jackson Laboratory, the vast majority of the state’s sector is comprised of small to medium R&D and manufacturing companies with highly-specialized niches. Between 2012 and 2015, 81 of the more than 200 patents awarded between 2012 and 2015 were in the medical devices and equipment sector.

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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Wet Laboratory Facilities
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 and MDI Biological Laboratory near Bar Harbor.

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