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Life Sciences


Life sciences companies need a robust scientific and technical community behind them. Here in Maryland, we call that community our innovation ecosystem, and it's unlike anything else you’ll find in the U.S. What makes our ecosystem so special? Maryland is home to two times more federal labs than any other state, renowned universities, a prepared scientific workforce, and initiatives designed to bolster innovation and success in life sciences.

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Facts & Figures

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Programs & Opportunities

4 Ways Maryland Supports Life Science Innovation

Being in Maryland makes a difference for up-and-coming life science companies.

Across the state, a growing network of incubators  and accelerators  offer facilities and programs to support entrepreneurs and early-stage startups.

With NIH and FDA located in Maryland and many more agencies here and in neighboring D.C., being in Maryland gives life science companies a leg up on federal contracting opportunities . Additionally, given our proximity to key federal agencies, Maryland is home to experts in navigating clinical research and regulatory requirements.

Maryland helps power local life sciences companies by offering programs like the Biotechnology Investment Incentive Tax Credit  and the Innovation Investment Tax Credit . These initiatives help spur investment within life sciences companies. See more funding opportunities here .

In addition to state-led funding opportunities, a variety of partners offer R&D funding directly and indirectly. The Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund  and the Maryland Innovation Initiative  are just two programs helping bring innovations from lab to market.

Investment

All eyes on us

More and more investors are turning their eyes (and dollars) to Maryland life sciences startups.

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All eyes on us

More and more investors are turning their eyes (and dollars) to Maryland life sciences startups.

Industry Innovators

Meet CEOs from our life science companies hear how they're innovating in Maryland.

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Who's Here  

YOU’RE IN GOOD COMPANY.

Maryland is home to some of the biggest names in life sciences, along with up-and-coming industry innovators and the sector's most influential federal institutions.

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We look forward to building the foundation for Ellume’s long-term vision in the U.S. and recruiting the highly skilled talent in Maryland.

-  Jeff Boyle, PhD, Ellume U.S. president

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Novavax is proud to be part of Maryland's bioinnovation ecosystem.

-  Stanley C. Erck, president and chief executive officer of Novavax

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We are at the epicenter of the gene and cell therapy technological explosion... It’s all about the resources. They are starting to hit a critical mass here.

-  Jeff Galvin, CEO, American Gene Technologies

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For biotech, there's no better place to be than in Maryland.

-  Helen Sabzevari, PhD, CEO and President, Precigen

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NIH, the nation's medical research agency, is in the heart of a busting life sciences corridor in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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Making surgeon’s lives easier through assistive technology in the operating room.

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It’s an environment that’s rich with technology and talent. That was a real driver for selecting Maryland for our headquarters.

-  Dan Abdun-Nabi, Former President/CEO, Emergent BioSolutions

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In 2021, BioNTech joined Montgomery County’s growing list of life science companies in Maryland.

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We look forward to building the foundation for Ellume’s long-term vision in the U.S. and recruiting the highly skilled talent in Maryland.

-  Jeff Boyle, PhD, Ellume U.S. president

Read Expansion Story

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Novavax is proud to be part of Maryland's bioinnovation ecosystem.

-  Stanley C. Erck, president and chief executive officer of Novavax

Read Expansion Story

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We are at the epicenter of the gene and cell therapy technological explosion... It’s all about the resources. They are starting to hit a critical mass here.

-  Jeff Galvin, CEO, American Gene Technologies

Read Success Story

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For biotech, there's no better place to be than in Maryland.

-  Helen Sabzevari, PhD, CEO and President, Precigen

View Success Story

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NIH, the nation's medical research agency, is in the heart of a busting life sciences corridor in Montgomery County, Maryland.

logo grid

Making surgeon’s lives easier through assistive technology in the operating room.

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It’s an environment that’s rich with technology and talent. That was a real driver for selecting Maryland for our headquarters.

-  Dan Abdun-Nabi, Former President/CEO, Emergent BioSolutions

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In 2021, BioNTech joined Montgomery County’s growing list of life science companies in Maryland.

Read Expansion Story

Maryland has a strong pipeline of talent, access to patients, and an opportunity to collaborate with leading companies, emerging startups and renowned institutions, such as the NIH.

– Helen Sabzevari, PhD, CEO and President, Precigen
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Contact Us 

Ulyana Desiderio, PhD

Director, Office of Life Sciences, Maryland Department of Commerce

  443-835-9038   Ulyana.Desiderio@maryland.gov