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Presque Isle plant is making equipment used on COVID-19 patients around the world

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Acme Monaco’s Presque Isle plant has long produced catheter guidewires used to treat heart issues in hospitals across the United States and around the world. But never has their mission seemed so crucial. Production on the wires has gone up 55 percent since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as hospitals [...]

2020-08-24T14:36:02+00:00August 24th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

Can designer mice save us from COVID-19?

Imagine, for a moment, a time when the coronavirus is eradicated. There are therapies and a vaccine. Lives are spared. People will ask, How did we get here? The answer may turn on a decision, made early this year, to send sixteen vials of mouse sperm to Mount Desert Island, Maine. Much of the island [...]

2020-08-17T14:41:14+00:00August 17th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

Maine coronavirus testing swab maker awarded $51.2 million to ramp up production

A Guilford company that makes swabs needed for coronavirus testing has received another $51.2 million from the federal government to ramp up its production. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, said Friday that the money, awarded as part of the CARES Act, will enable Puritan Medical Products to expand production by 50 million swabs a [...]

2020-08-17T14:03:48+00:00August 17th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

After previous losses, Covetrus reports $54M earnings for Q2

Portland-based Covetrus Inc. (Nasdaq: CVET) appears to be turning around recent financial performance, reporting an uptick in second-quarter revenue and earnings Tuesday. The animal-health technology and services company, which struggled last year amid leadership changes and recorded a widening net loss earlier this year, recorded net sales of $1.03 billion, an increase of 2% year-over-year for the [...]

2020-08-17T14:02:28+00:00August 17th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

Jackson Lab wins $493K grant for aging research

While the Jackson Laboratory has received much attention recently for work in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Bar Harbor-based biomedical research institution has just been awarded nearly a half million dollars for investigations in another field — aging. The National Institute on Aging has awarded the lab a $492,639 grant to support research on [...]

2020-08-11T17:09:00+00:00August 11th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

Research focuses on detection of COVID-19 airborne droplets using bioengineered membrane

Detection and analysis of airborne coronavirus droplets using a bioengineered membrane is the focus of exploratory research at the University of Maine and University of Massachusetts Amherst, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Their inspiration comes from nature -- the pitcher plant, with its liquid membrane that traps insects. The project, led by UMaine [...]

2020-08-11T17:06:50+00:00August 11th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

Novel antibody tests reveal complexity of the immune response to SARS-CoV-2

The interaction of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus causing the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the human immune system is the focus of intensive research. The ability of antibodies to target SARS-CoV-2, particularly the spike protein essential for viral entry into cells, may help determine disease susceptibility and progression in patients. Leveraging expertise developed from his extensive [...]

2020-08-11T17:04:13+00:00August 11th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

The Jackson Laboratory appoints new Vice President for Advancement

The Jackson Laboratory, a nonprofit biomedical research institution, has announced the appointment of Bryan Robinson, Ph.D. as vice president for advancement. Robinson will lead the Laboratory’s advancement team and will be responsible for the philanthropic efforts in support of the JAX mission, which is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community [...]

2020-08-11T17:02:06+00:00August 11th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

Maine’s biotech industry comes into its own

Biotechnology is often rooted in business “clusters” around major metropolitan areas, but Maine has become a cluster in its own right. The state is now home to more than 200 bioscience businesses and organizations. They range from Maine’s second-largest public company by revenue, Westbrook-based IDEXX Laboratories Inc. (Nasdaq: IDXX), to one of the smallest, ImmuCell [...]

2020-08-11T16:59:39+00:00August 11th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

How WEX stepped in to make room for the Roux Institute

Northeastern University’s plans to open a technology education site in Portland — the Roux Institute — coincided with WEX Inc.’s abundance of new office space. The Roux Institute has sublet 20,000 square feet, or one floor, at 100 Fore St., a new building that is expected to be completed in early fall. The institute expects [...]

2020-08-03T17:23:25+00:00August 3rd, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments