Signature events and networking for the life sciences community in Maine

BioME hosts an array of events throughout the year on a variety of topics, made possible by our generous sponsors, knowledgable speakers, members and attendees. Our events support, connect, educate, and advocate for Maine’s life sciences industry. Our events are open to all, providing a unique opportunity to meet new contacts, service providers and customers. View some of our annual events below.

BioME Annual Conference

BioME Annual Conferences are open to all and provide the community with an opportunity to learn about the life sciences industry in Maine, and connect with industry professionals, academia, research institutions and government. Attendees hear from executives and thought leaders from some of New England’s most innovative organizations and take part in dynamic panel discussions. BioME Annual Conference brings together nearly 300 professionals to discuss our industry’s importance within the state, partnerships and collaborations, and the latest in scientific breakthroughs.

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BioME Legislative Reception

BioME Legislative Receptions provide our members and supporters with an opportunity to speak directly with Maine State Legislators about their policy needs. Individuals are able to represent their company, and advocate for laws that benefit their sector. The event features a keynote speaker to address current topics of interest and concerns within the industry and Maine. Legislators gain a newfound perspective of life sciences as a whole, how certain policies can support the continual success within these sectors, and how this industry affects Maine’s economy.

BioME Student Showcase

BioME Student Showcase is an exciting opportunity for aspirational scientists in Maine. High school and college students show off their passion for life sciences and present their research in competition for cash and academic prizes.

At the Showcase, high school students participate in the BioGENEius Challenge, a prestigious international biotech competition for grades 9-12. The high school student that places 1st automatically qualifies to compete against international students in the BioGENEius Challenge finals during the BIO International Convention.

The goal of this event is 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.

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ME Bioscience Day

ME Bioscience Day is a statewide event that started as an initiative in 2016. The objective is to get students excited about science and raise awareness of career opportunities in the life sciences sector in Maine. Traditionally, scientists and life science professionals volunteer to visit local middle school classrooms to talk with students about their career in science, their daily tasks, perform a hands-on activity, and inspire Maine’s youth to pursue a career in the field.

In 2020, ME Bioscience Day shifted to a unique virtual format through video presentations, live Q&A sessions, and hands-on activities. Hosting the event virtually expanded our reach to rural school districts. ME Bioscience Day will grow as a hybrid event in years to come.

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Women in Bioscience

Women in Bioscience is a celebration of female scientists and entrepreneurs. The event features a moderated panel discussion of acclaimed female scientists and entrepreneurs focusing on success stories, career advantages and obstacles, along with practical concepts to advance women in the bioscience industry. We aim to inspire a younger audience to pursue a career in this industry by highlighting the numerous career options, companies throughout Maine, and providing a number of free student tickets.

Company Tours & Networking Reception

BioME Company Tours provide a great opportunity for our members and guests to network, visit, and learn about some of Maine’s most innovative life science companies and institutions. The tours give attendees an in-depth view of the organization, their facility, and some of the daily operations that are performed. Company Tours are followed by a networking reception, providing attendees an opportunity to advance through connections, and keep the life sciences community in Maine united. Additionally, we have combined these elements to organize virtual tours and networking opportunities via Zoom, giving our community a chance to explore these facilities from the safety of their own home.

BioME Holiday Mixer

BioME Holiday Mixer is a 2-hour networking event for the life sciences community in Maine to come together and make new connections. BioME and attendees discuss successes from the year behind them, and share goals and plans for the upcoming year. The Holiday Mixer features catering with hors d’oeuvres, themed cocktails, and a great deal of Holiday cheer!

BioME Virtual Coffee Hour Series

BioME Virtual Coffee Hour series was designed as a casual “learn and connect” for the community to network and share throughout the pandemic. Each month, life science entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers and faculty discuss the impressive work they are doing within the state with BioME and attendees. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A, giving the audience a chance to connect with speakers and each other.

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