Maine’s biological sciences industry is growing at a much faster rate than the state’s economy as a whole, bringing high-paying jobs to Mainers across the spectrum of education levels.

The industry’s accelerating growth is among the findings of a report issued Thursday by the Bioscience Association of Maine, or BioME, a Portland-based trade association devoted to promoting the growth and development of Maine’s bioscience industry and advocating for its members.

Bioscience industry job growth in Maine over the past five years has been 14 percent, compared with only 4 percent job growth for all industries combined, the report says. While the industry only provides about 1 percent of all jobs in Maine, its growth has accelerated over the past few years with the success of large employers such as Idexx Laboratories Inc. of Westbrook, which offers veterinary diagnostic testing products and services, and The Jackson Laboratory of Bar Harbor, a nonprofit biomedical research institution, it says. Read more