With more than 60 establishments in Life Sciences, Portland is important across pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and scientific research.

After Boston, there are more Pharma companies in Portland than any other city in New England.

More than 750 employees across the industry, including almost 450 Medical and Clinical Laboratory workers.

Significant savings on labor wages – up to 38% for Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians compared to elsewhere in New England, and over 50% for Medical Scientists.

A defined cluster of employees: the occupations of Biological Technicians, Biomedical Engineers, Microbiologists make up a greater proportion of Portland’s workforce than in any other major New England city.

Based in Portland, the Bioscience Association of Maine (BAM) is a trade organization which promotes the industry’s steady growth, interprets its benefits to the public, and influences pertinent public policy.

Companies with specialisms across the board, including Alere, a global leader in rapid point-of-care diagnostics; plus IDEXX and Putney animal health science firms. Headquartered in Portland, IDEXX employs over 4,700 people in more than 60 locations around the world.

Others include ImmuCell (Biologics, Bovine Technologies), Maine Biotechnology Services (Contract Antibody Manufacturing), ViroStat (Virology Research Products), Envirologix, AlerCHEK, Chemogen and Bio-Rad Laboratories.

Some of these companies are based at the Portland Technology Park, which offers three sites for high tech companies across life sciences and other sectors.

In 2015, the Portland MSA exported $830m> of Chemical Products, which includes Pharmaceuticals (Source: International Trade Administration). At the state level, key export products include composite diagnostic reagents, and vaccines for veterinary medicine, worth a combined $70m in 2016.