Cost Savings Programs
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 (lab supplies), UPS (shipping services), Office Depot (office supplies), Chubb (insurance), UniFirst/UniClean (lab apparel), Brex (life sciences credit card) and many others. 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 and Communications
Maine Members receive increased visibility through BIOME communications channels. These include 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 promoting 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.
Public Policy and Advocacy
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 Industry Organization in Washington DC. Through this relationship, BIOME has a voice in federal policy that will shape the current and future biotechnology industry. BIOME participates at the annual BIO Fly-In, a program that brings over 1,000 leaders of the national biotech industry to lobby congress.
Education & Community
BioME works closely with colleges and educational institutions to support the best possible educational opportunities for future life science workforce in Maine. Members receive assistance in finding intern candidates within these institutions.
Moreover, 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, increase the awareness of their company and the industry, and give back to the community.
Additionally, 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.
Members receive business development opportunities through our partnering resources and contact directory, making introductions and fostering discussion between scientist-entrepreneurs and companies, financers and business development professionals in our biotech and medical device community.