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. View some of our past events below.

Webinar: The Science of COVID-19
May 28, 2020 via Zoom Webinar

On Thursday, May 28, BioME hosted a live webinar session devoted to “The Science of COVID-19”. We gathered Maine’s best epidemiologists, virologists, infectious disease and public health experts to answer questions about COVID-19. The webinar featured Dr. Norman Moore (Abbott), Dr. Edison Liu (Jackson Laboratory), Dr. Melissa Maginnis (University of Maine), Dr. Dora Anne Mills (MaineHealth), and Dr. Douglas Sawyer (MMCRI, moderator). Watch this webinar on-demand now!

BioME Student Showcase
April 15, 2020 via Zoom Virtual Interviews

Our second annual BioME Student Showcase took place on Wednesday, April 15, 202o. The format was a little different this year, but despite obvious difficulties, the Showcase was held virtually and proved to be a success. The BioME Student Showcase started as an initiative in 2019 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. Watch clips from the BioME Student Showcase now!

10 college students and 16 high school students were selected to virtually present their original life sciences-related research to a panel of judges in competition for cash and academic prizes. College students prepared 3 minute oral pitches while high school students presented their original research findings on posters. College winners included: Sarah Holbrook from UMaine (1st place), Anastasia D’Amico from USM (2nd place), and Rachel Cray from USM (3rd place). The high school competition was Maine’s chapter of the international BioGENEius challenge. The winner, Ijeoma Obi from Bangor High School, will represent Maine at the international BioGENEius finals. 2nd place went to Vetri Vel from Bangor High School and 3rd place went to Swetha Palaniappan from Cape Elizabeth High School.

BioME Legislative Reception
January 28, 2020 at Maple Hill Farm Inn,
Hallowell, ME

On January 28, 2020, we hosted our annual BioME Legislative Reception, giving our members and supporters an opportunity to speak with Maine State Legislators about the bioscience industry in Maine and their policy needs. John Konsin, CEO of Prapela, delivered a powerful message about his invention, and why he chose to move his company to Maine. Legislators got an inside perspective of Maine’s life sciences community and left with a copy of our recently published industry report This event was held at the Maple Hill Farm Inn & Conference Center in Hallowell, Maine and sponsored by Amgen, BIO and MTI.

BioME Open House
January 9, 2020 at the BioME Office, Portland, ME

We moved! On January 9th, BioME members and friends came to check out our new board room and office space. During the event, we announced that our members will now have access to our board room to host meetings and presentations. Attendees got a chance to catch up over Portland Pie pizza, Maine craft beer and wine.

BioME Holiday Mixer
December 17, 2019 at Cellardoor Winery at the Point, Portland, ME

Directly following the 2019 BioME Annual Conference, we hosted our annual Holiday Mixer at Cellardoor Winery at the Point. The event was held on December 17th at Cellardoor Winery in Portland, ME. Attendees got the opportunity to check in with the life sciences community of Maine and make new connections. In addition to Cellardoor’s wine collection, the catering team sent around some amazing food

2019 BioME Annual Conference
December 17, 2019 at University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME

The 2019 BioME Annual Conference took place on December 17th at the University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall in Portland. The theme of the conference was “State of the Industry.” The programming was built around the topics and findings from our 2019 BioME Industry report which focused on employment, earnings, establishments, economic impact, investments and other important aspects of this sector.

Our keynote speaker was John Konsin, Co-Founder and CEO of Prapela and our closing speaker was Dr. Jill Becker, CEO of Kebotix. Our first panel discussion was about talent acquisition and retention. The panel was moderated by Nate Wildes (Live & Work in Maine); on the panel we had Jeff D’Italia (Stratacuity), Ann Yolish (Elanco), Kelli Kim (IDEXX), and Robert Austring (Lighthouse Imaging). Our second panel discussion focused on the impact of life sciences on Maine’s economy. The panel was moderated by Peter DelGreco (Maine & Co.); on the panel we had Martha Bentley (Maine Department of Economic Community Development), Dr. Kristy Townsend (University of Maine), and David Eagleson (The Baker Company). Despite adverse weather (on all 3 scheduled dates), the conference was still a success!

Maine Bioscience Day 2019
November 21, 2019, at participating Maine middle schools

On November 21, 2019 we organized our fourth annual ME BioScience Day at 23 middle schools across the state of Maine. ME BioScience Day is a statewide event that started as an initiative in 2016. The objective was to get students excited about science and create awareness that science can apply to countless opportunities available in the life sciences industry in Maine. This year we reached over 3,300 students from 23 schools with 58 volunteers from 26 organizations.

Women in Bioscience
June 12, 2019 at Grace, Portland, ME

On June 12th, BioME hosted a second annual Women in Bioscience at Grace in Portland. Almost 200 attendees celebrated female scientists and entrepreneurs by sharing success stories and challenges along with practical concepts to advance women in the bioscience industry. Our sponsors donated 30 student tickets, in order for high school and college students in Maine. The discussion panel included Dr. Julie Cross (IDEXX), Jean Hoffman (formerly Putney), Dr. Lucy Liaw (MMCRI), Georgia Wraight (Covetrus) and Dr. Kristy Townsend (University of Maine). Moreover, 7 girls from SMART group at Bangor High School presented their award winning science projects. The program concluded with a networking reception with lots of inspiring conversations over delicious cupcakes.

BioME Student Showcase
April 25, 2019 at University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME

Our first annual BioME Student Showcase took place on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at USM’s Hannaford Hall in Portland, ME. The BioME Student Showcase started as an initiative in 2019 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. 11 college students and 13 high school students presented their original biotech research in competition for cash and academic prizes. College students prepared 3 minute oral pitches while high school students presented their original research findings on posters. College winners included: Katalin Gosling from UNE (1st prize), Bethany Fortier from USM (2nd prize) and Rachelle Mendola from USM (3rd prize). The high school competition was Maine’s chapter of the international BioGENEius challenge. The winner, Melissa Tian from Bangor High School, was able to represent Maine at the international BioGENEius finals in Philadelphia in June. 2nd prize went to Abigail McNally from Stearns High School and 3rd prize went to Anthony Caccese from Bangor High School.

UMaine Tour & Spring Networking Reception
March 20, 2019 at University of Maine, Orono, ME

On April 20, 2019, BioME organized a Tour of the University of Maine followed by a Spring Networking Reception at the UMaine Campus in Orono. This tour was a great opportunity for employers, companies, and perspective students to get a peak of what UMaine offers their students. Attendees visited multiple bioengineering facilities on campus and heard presentations by UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy, UMaine staff, biotech companies in Maine and BioME. The Spring Networking Reception followed and it was a great chance for us to connect with members of the bioscience community in the Bangor area over delicious food and drinks.

BIOME Legislative Reception
January 22, 2019 at Maple Hill Farm Inn, Hallowell, ME

On January 22, 2019, we hosted our annual BioME Legislative Reception, giving our members and supporters a chance to speak with Maine State Legislators. Members got to explain what is important to them regarding the bioscience industry and their companies. This event was held at the Maple Hill Farm Inn & Conference Center in Hallowell, Maine. There were over 80 attendees, including members and legislators.

BioME Holiday Mixer
December 10, 2018 at Cellardoor Winery, Portland, ME

Our last event of 2018 was our annual Holiday Mixer, where we got to share our plans for the upcoming year. The event was held on December 10th at Cellardoor Winery in Portland, Maine. In addition to Cellardoor’s wine collection, Maine craft beer was served and the catering team sent around some amazing food.

Maine Bioscience Day 2018
November 7, 2018, at participating Maine middle schools

On November 7, 2018, we hosted our 3rd annual statewide event in middle schools throughout Maine. Maine Bioscience day aims to get middle school students excited about science. We invited professionals in the life science industry to Maine middle schools to share career stories, promote science as a subject, and show students that bioscience companies in Maine can be a great future career option. The next Maine Bioscience day will be held in November of 2019.

BIO International Convention

BIO International Convention 2018
June 4 – 7, 2018, Boston Convention Center, Boston MA

First week of June was busy for BioME staff and Board of Directors, as we organized the Maine Pavilion at BIO International Convention. BIO is one of the largest industry trade shows in the United States and more than 16,000 attended. We were glad to have a number of Maine exhibitors within our Pavilion: The Baker Company, GTCA, RockStep Solutions, Optimum Imaging Diagnostics, FirstPark, MMCRI and UNE. The Association and our exhibitors were able to make many valuable connections and meet with a number of companies and professionals. On Wednesday, June 6, we welcomed the Legislative Delegation who came on a chartered bus all the way from Bangor. The State Legislators had an opportunity to walk the show, as well as attend the Maine State Reception held later that day at Verrill Dana’s Office in Boston. Maine Pavilion and Reception Sponsors included: MTI, MITC, The Jackson Laboratory and Consigli. Thank you!

MDIBL Tour & Spring Networking Reception
April 26, 2018, MDIBL, Bar Harbor ME

On April 26, 2018 BioME organized a Tour of MDI Biological Laboratory followed by Spring Networking Reception at the MDIBL Campus in Bar Harbor. The tour was a great opportunity for our members and guests to familiarize themselves with the amazing biomedical research done everyday at the lab. We stopped by several lab sections and heard from amazing scientists on the advancements in regenerative biology and medicine. We also got to visit some of the interesting animal species used in the research, such as zebra fish and axolotls. Spring Networking Reception followed and it was a great chance for us to connect with members of the bioscience community in the Bar Harbor and Bangor area over delicious food and drinks.

Women in Bioscience
March 29, 2018 at Celladoor Winery, Portland, ME

Our signature event, Women in Bioscience is a celebration of female scientists and entrepreneurs in the life sciences space. The 2018 event took place on March 29 at the Cellardoor Winery in Portland. About 100 guests attended to discuss matters important for Maine women scientists and what can be done to achieve greater gender equality in science. The discussion panel included Dr Kristy Townsend (University of Maine), Dr Ewelina Bolcun-Filas (Jackson Laboratory), Dr Deborah Bronk (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences) and Kristin Gordon (Abbott).

BioME Legislative Reception
January 8, 2018 at Senator Inn & Spa, Augusta, ME

On January 9th, 2018, BioME hosted our BioME Legislative Reception giving our members and supporters a chance to talk to their Maine State Legislative about what is important to the bioscience industry and their companies. This event was held at the Senator Inn & Spa in Augusta, Maine. There was over 70 attendees, including members and legislators.

BioME Holiday Mixer
December 12, 2017 at Verrill Dana, Portland, ME

Our last event for the year of 2017 was our annual Holiday Mixer. Despite the adverse weather conditions, we had a great turn out. This event was held on December 12th at Verrill Dana in Portland, Maine.  Allagash provided us with some craft beer and the catering team sent around some amazing food, all while we got to share our plans for the upcoming year.

Maine Bioscience Day 2017
November 8, 2017, at participating Maine middle schools

On November 8, 2017, we brought life sciences industry employees to middle schools in Maine. Our hope was to inspire future scientists, share career stories, promote science as a subject and show students that the bioscience companies in Maine are cool and a great future workplace. The event took place  in middle school classrooms across Maine. This was the second ME Bioscience Day,  and we hope to continue this event in the future. Next ME Bioscience Day will be in November 2018.

BIOME 2017 Annual Conference
October 6, 2017 at UNE College of Pharmacy, Portland, ME

On October 6th, 2017, we held our annual BioME conference at UNE College of Pharmacy. It was a great turn out with over 100 members, and supporters. Our keynote presenter was Mike Bonney; the Maine Panel was moderated by Norman Moore, PhD of Alere; on the Panel we had: Catherine Kaczorowski, PhD of Jackson Lab, Todd Keiller of MMCRI, Bryan Briggs of Idexx and Stephen Pelsue, PhD of BBI.

Company Tour: Bigelow Laboratory
August 1, 2017 at Bigelow Lab, East Boothbay, ME

On August 2nd, 2017, BioME hosted a walking tour of Bigelow Laboratory. This walking tour was about 90 minutes long, and including a general overview of the organization plus an in-depth look at several of the individual scientists’ work.

Spring Networking Event 2017
May 16, 2017 at United States Custom Home, Portland, ME

On May 16th, 2017, we held our Spring Networking Event at the Customs House in Portland. We celebrated spring with a retro candy bar, wine, and of course networking. This event also included a tour of the Customs House, a city landmark.

BioME Legislative Reception
January 10, 2017 at Senator Inn & Spa, Augusta, ME

The first event of 2017 helped us start the year out with a bang. On January 10th, we held the BioME Legislative Reception at the Senator Inn & Spa in Augusta, Maine. At this event our members and supporters were allowed to come and share their concerns and passion for Maine’s bioscience industry to our legislative. This event was sponsored by BIO, Amgen and AdvaMed.