Funds for Technology Growth in Maine 

Four Maine partner organizations have been given a grant of 1.2 million dollars to fund research and economic development.”28 projects that, like this one, involve excellent science, involve collaboration, often between non-profit organizations, the universities in Maine as well as private companies.” says Betsy Biemann, President of the Maine Institute for Technology.The Maine Institute For Human Genetics and Health, Trillium Diagnostics, Dahl-Chase Pathology Associates, and The University of Maine are working together as part of the Maine Regional Flow Cytometry Collaborative.”The gift of flow, cytometry, is very quick to build a diagnostic on this particular technology and take it into the clinic.”Flow Cytometry can help diagnose some cancers as well as heart disease. Having this technology in Maine will allow the area to become a leader in rural healthcare.”Most patients who are going to require these kind of tests have to go down to Boston or they fly to Chicago or New York and they’re going to be able to have the tests in Maine.”The money will go toward funding a biotechnology cluster in the Bangor area. In addition to advancing technology, the project will create new jobs.”And these are specialty jobs that require training. They bring in higher income, considerably higher income than the average wage.””I think our dream, the dream of the partners is to sort of see in five years that we generated new companies, spin off companies, and we’ve created value through intellectual property generation.””I think it will help to inspire young people in Maine because they will be able to see that you can have a terrific job in Maine in technology and science.”