Study to investigate use of artificial intelligence for identifying bloodborne bacteria

Fluid Imaging Technologies (Scarborough, ME), and the University of Colorado Boulder (Boulder, CO) have entered into an exclusive agreement to conduct primary laboratory research aimed at determining whether the university's artificial intelligence (AI) software can detect bloodborne bacteria and identify the species from images collected using the company's FlowCam Nano particle imaging and analysis system. Read more

2019-08-13T16:48:07+00:00August 13th, 2019|NEWS|0 Comments

JAX allergy research might lead to new treatments

Bar Harbor-based Jackson Laboratory says it's part of a research team that has discovered the cellular process that creates a “super-antibody” driving severe allergic reactions, a finding that may lead to new biotechnology treatments. The research team was co-led by Adam Williams of the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine and Stephanie C. Eisenbarth of Yale [...]

2019-08-12T18:55:12+00:00August 12th, 2019|NEWS|0 Comments

Marine algae for pet supplements? Startup rolls out commercial product

A Brunswick-based maker of marine plant-based nutritional supplements is now manufacturing and distributing its first commercial product. Field Phyto-Nutrients, based at Brunswick Landing’s TechPlace, is refining a production process that uses algae as raw material. FPN's first commercial algae-based pet health supplement, SmartZYME, is now in commercial production and being sold to natural and holistic [...]

2019-07-29T17:16:06+00:00July 29th, 2019|NEWS|0 Comments

From MRRA: You Can Make It Here

With the former Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB) now being closed for eight years, manufacturing is driving much of the economic development success at the former base properties, now known as Brunswick Landing and the Topsham Commerce Park.  The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA),  working with our private sector partners, have attracted more than 130 companies to the 3,300-acre property.  Nearly 30 percent of them are [...]

2019-07-15T16:24:55+00:00July 15th, 2019|NEWS|0 Comments

The Jackson Laboratory collaborates to help the NIH fight rare diseases

Independent nonprofit biomedical research institute The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) has teamed with Lovelace Biomedical, Exemplar Genetics, Iontox and the University of Pennsylvania to win a new $17M contract with the National Institute of Health’s National Center for the Advancement of Translational Sciences, for the purposes of creating new animal models and performing pharmacology studies to [...]

2019-07-10T15:59:43+00:00July 10th, 2019|NEWS|0 Comments

Startups from Portland and Orono win 2019 Top Gun Showcase competition

Neuright, a biotech spinoff from the University of Maine, and Sticky Sweet, Portland’s first shop featuring plant-based ice cream, are the winners of the 2019 Top Gun Showcase hosted by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs on May 23 at the University of Southern Maine. Ten participants from the Bangor, Lewiston/Auburn, Portland, Rockland and Waterville Top [...]

2019-07-10T15:47:25+00:00July 10th, 2019|NEWS|0 Comments

13-year-old Mainer’s medical invention gains national recognition13-year-old Mainer’s medical invention gains national recognition

HERMON, Maine — Life gave Morgan LaRochelle lemons and boy has she made lemonade! The 13-year-old from Hermon, Maine was devastated when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the fall of 2018. She didn't let it get her down for long though. In recent months, in response to an assignment from her science [...]

2019-06-12T16:46:56+00:00June 12th, 2019|NEWS|0 Comments

An industry with a family tree: Much of Maine’s biotech industry grew out of two firms

Like some of its products, cultivated from the cells, strands and science of living organisms, Maine’s biotechnology industry has grown organically. It dates to the mid-1970s founding of Ventrex Laboratories Inc., a diagnostic testing company in Portland, and the now-defunct Foundation for Blood Research. Those two organizations led to the creation of more than 20 [...]

2019-06-11T19:26:22+00:00June 11th, 2019|NEWS|0 Comments

Feds inject $18 million into biotech research and training in Maine

Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor received an award of nearly $18 million from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, an institute of the National Institutes of Health, for the renewal of a grant to strengthen biomedical research and research training in Maine. The grant will fund the renewal of the 18-year-old Maine INBRE (IDeA [...]

2019-05-21T16:12:30+00:00May 21st, 2019|NEWS|0 Comments