World Leaders in Research and Diagnostics
Why InSphero Chose Maine
“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.
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. The strength of the sector is most readily appreciated by the diversity of the membership of BioME, the state’s industry association.
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, 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.
Proximity without the Cost
Boston’s world-renowned life sciences ecosystem is only an hour’s drive from Maine’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.