Cost Savings Program
BioME members are eligible for significant cost savings through the BIO Business Solutions BioME Group Purchasing Program, which provides money-saving and enhanced-service contracts for our members’ purchases. BioME members obtain discounts and benefits usually reserved for the largest national accounts with such providers as VWR/Avantor (lab supplies), UPS (shipping services), ODP Business Solutions (office supplies), Chubb (insurance), UniFirst/UniClean (lab apparel), Brex (life sciences credit card) and many others. Additionally, BioME offers exclusive savings on energy costs through our partnership with Manufacturers Association of Maine. BioME members will also receive discounted tickets at BioME events for all employees.
Members receive a broad range of networking opportunities through our annual events and programs, including frequent networking receptions. BioME yearly events include, but are not limited to: the Legislative Reception during the legislative session in January in Augusta, Spring/Summer Networking Events/Company Tours, Women in Bioscience in June, BioME Annual Conference in the fall, ME BioScience Day in November (connecting industry leaders and employees with Maine middle schools), as well as our Holiday Mixer in December. Our events are open to all and give our members a unique opportunity to meet new contacts, service providers and customers.
Marketing & Communications
Maine Members receive increased visibility through BioME communications channels. These include a free listing in BioME’s Membership Directory with a logo and direct link to member company’s website, a logo on the Bioscience Map of Maine, free event postings on the BioME event page, job postings on BioME’s Job Board, and opportunities to present at various BioME meetings, including the Annual Conference and Legislative Reception. We also help promote our members’ accomplishments and job openings on our social media channels.
BioME members and supporters can receive an even broader range of brand exposure through our Annual Sponsorship Packages, which includes waived membership fees, logo recognition at our events and quarterly newsletters, complimentary event tickets, free expo tables, multiple speaking opportunities and more.
Education & Community
BioME works closely with colleges and educational institutions to support the best possible educational opportunities for future life science workforce in Maine. BioME offers a wide range of educational opportunities including ME Bioscience Day, BioME Student Showcase and BioME Scholarship Program.
Members receive a unique chance to participate in ME Bioscience Day – an annual event that brings together life science companies and middle school students in Maine. Through this initiative members can give back to community, and increase the awareness of their company and the industry.
Our annual BioME Student Showcase provides Maine high school and college students with an exciting opportunity to show off their passion for life science and present their research for a chance to win cash and academic prizes. Through this event, members are able to help to support innovation and commercialization of student ideas in Maine, as well as connect current students with potential future employers and entrepreneurial resources in the state.
The BioME Scholarship Program offers an opportunity for high school graduates, undergraduates, and graduate students majoring in the life sciences to realize and accomplish their academic goals. This program was designed to help advance Maine students’ academic and professional careers in the field of bioscience, as well as enhance workforce development within Maine’s life sciences industry.
Public Policy & Advocacy
BioME works in a non-partisan manner with our members, policy members, partners and the public to:
- Monitor current state legislation that affects our members and the life science community in Maine.
- Educate policy makers and government agencies on state economy, needs, challenges and legislative priorities.
- Inform our membership and the general public on current legislation that may affect the life science industry in Maine.
- Collaborate with partners, policymakers and other organizations for positive life science advocacy outcomes.
BioME actively advocates for statewide development and investment in Maine’s bioscience industry, including advocacy activities that build support for the industry with state, local and federal governments and influence key legislation. BioME’s annual Legislative Reception brings together life sciences executives from Portland to Presque Isle to collectively educate and inform State legislators on issues of critical importance to the industry.
BioME is also the officially designated state affiliate to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) in Washington DC. Through this relationship, BioME has a voice in federal policy that will shape the current and future biotechnology industry.
Access to our Board Room
BioME members are now able to host meetings & presentations in our board room. To check availability and book the room please contact us at least 48 hours before your desired meeting time to reserve space.
Members receive business development opportunities through our partnering resources and contact directory, making introductions and fostering discussion between scientist-entrepreneurs and companies, investors and business development professionals in our biotech and medical device community.