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Maryland Department of Commerce and Maryland Life Sciences
Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Maryland is blazing a trail in the life sciences. Researchers in the state were the first to map the human genome. The first to develop a rapid test for Ebola. First to create an FDA-approved blood test for colon cancer. Maryland plays an "outsized role in the worldwide hunt for a coronavirus vaccine” and therapeutics.

The momentum continues as Maryland’s biohealh ecosystem pioneers new therapeutic paths in the life sciences. Maryland leads the world in vaccine research and development. In fact, 20% of the world’s top influencers in vaccine development are right here in Maryland. Not only that, healthcare expertise and an innovative culture have made the state a leader in health IT and medical device development.

Maryland is home to one of the largest life sciences clusters in the nation, with 500+ biotech firms, 2,700 life sciences companies, the NIH, the FDA, Johns Hopkins University, and the University System of Maryland.

-Taking a Healthy Lead-

Maryland’s government is a key player in a host of initiatives designed to drive growth in biohealth and life sciences. The state formed the Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board in 2007 to help the state maintain its leadership in the field. Maryland Life Sciences, a trade association, is dedicated to supporting the growth of the state’s biotechnology industry through public policies that promote the development of a strong talent pipeline and improvement of human health through innovation. The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals is a Maryland-based nationwide public-private consortium whose name says it all. And BioHealth Capital Region, a joint effort with Virginia and Washington, DC, drives biohealth innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the region.

-Smart Workforce, Smart Location-

Maryland’s renowned public school system lays the groundwork for a highly educated and diverse population. The state has 57 accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities, many with specialized biotech programs that ensure a savvy biohealth and life sciences workforce. In fact, Maryland is first among states in the concentration of employed doctoral scientists and engineers.

Maryland’s central East Coast location next to the nation’s capital makes it a smart place to be for biohealth and life sciences entrepreneurs and companies. The state is home to dozens of federal agencies responsible for setting standards, approving products for sale, and conducting and funding cutting-edge health research.

In fact, the region continues to climb on GEN’s annual ranking of the nation’s top 10 biopharma clusters, and was ranked fourth in 2021. Biopharma and biodefense. Genomics and therapeutics. Diagnostics and medical devices. Nutraceuticals and vaccines. Personalized and regenerative medicine and health IT. Whatever is on the horizon in biohealth and life sciences, Maryland is leading the way.
As the state's primary economic development agency, we stimulate private investment and create jobs by attracting new businesses, encouraging the expansion and retention of existing companies, and providing workforce training and financial assistance to Maryland companies. The Department also…