Portland medical device startup gets ‘breakthrough’ designation from FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted “Breakthrough Device” designation to a digital therapy being developed by Portland startup MedRhythms Inc. MedRhythms’ medical device solutions use software, music and biosensors to help alleviate walking impairment in patients with neurologic disease or injury. The venture capital-backed company received the FDA designation for a solution treating stroke [...]

2020-06-15T20:29:29+00:00June 15th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

Bangor Teen Wins High Honors in International Science Competition

Bangor Teen Wins High Honors in International Science Competition (Portland) The Bioscience Association of Maine (BioME) is pleased to announce that Ijeoma Obi, a senior at Bangor High School, was recognized with High Honors for her research at the International BioGENEius Challenge, the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research and innovation [...]

2020-06-16T13:19:30+00:00June 15th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

MDI Biological Lab explores use of ‘immortal’ cells in potential new medical treatments

Immortal cells that can generate new tissue and fix damaged organs? Sounds like a sci-fi movie. But researchers at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor are now looking at “germ” cells as a source of potential medical treatments, the lab said Wednesday in a news release. The cells, precursors to human sperm and [...]

2020-05-29T16:24:07+00:00May 29th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

JAX ramps up ‘humanized’ mouse production for pandemic fight

Jackson Laboratory, headquartered in Bar Harbor, is scaling up production of research mice designed to help scientists around the world develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. On a parallel track, the lab is ramping up its test capacity for COVID-19 infection from 550 tests per day to 20,000 tests per day by early July, for residents of Connecticut, [...]

2020-05-29T14:50:58+00:00May 29th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

Abbott Laboratories plans expansion into Westbrook to boost production of virus test kits

Abbott Laboratories, which makes rapid-result COVID-19 test kits in Scarborough, is planning to expand and ramp up production in Westbrook. The company is renovating and expanding a building on Bradley Drive, which had been used as a distribution center for sporting goods retailer Olympia Sports, to convert it into a manufacturing facility for COVID-19 test [...]

2020-05-27T18:45:45+00:00May 27th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

Abbott, JAX officials to discuss coronavirus science in BioME webinar

BioME, the Bioscience Association of Maine, is bringing together representatives of businesses in Maine that have taken the lead in the medical aspect of fighting the COVID-19 virus in free webinar Thursday. “The Science of COVID-19," panel includes Edison Liu, president and CEO of Jackson Laboratory; Norman Moore, director of scientific affairs at Abbott Diagnostics, [...]

2020-05-27T18:42:54+00:00May 27th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

Covetrus sees ‘moderately improving’ trends after net loss widens in Q1

Covetrus Inc. (Nasdaq: CVET), the Portland-based provider of animal-health technology and services, reported that its net loss widened in the first quarter, although the company CEO spoke of "moderately improving" trends ahead. Covetrus also announced a new CFO and two other new leadership team members. The company on Thursday said that its net loss in [...]

2020-05-21T17:45:32+00:00May 21st, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

Idexx-made COVID-19 human test kits get green light from FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued emergency authorization for the use of human COVID-19 test kits produced by a subsidiary of Westbrook-based Idexx Laboratories Inc. The effectiveness of the test kits was previously validated by the Institut Pasteur of France, the company said Thursday in a news release. The test kits are being [...]

2020-05-07T16:49:09+00:00May 7th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

State says ‘game changer’ partnership with IDEXX will triple testing capacity

A new partnership with IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook will triple Maine’s capacity to test for the coronavirus at its state laboratory in Augusta, state health officials and Gov. Janet Mills announced Thursday. The partnership with IDEXX comes on the heels of the federal Food and Drug Administration’s emergency approval of a testing system developed by IDEXX’s Georgia [...]

2020-05-07T16:44:36+00:00May 7th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments

$75.5 million effort in Pittsfield will double coronavirus test swab production

PITTSFIELD — A Guilford company that produces about 20 million coronavirus testing swabs monthly will be able to double that number and hire at least 150 workers as it expands the operation in a building Cianbro Corp. owns in Pittsfield and is retrofitting for that work. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Cianbro Chairman Peter Vigue, and officials [...]

2020-05-04T15:01:56+00:00May 4th, 2020|NEWS|0 Comments