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Maryland BioHealth Story

Biotech discoveries are in our DNA. From being the first to map the human genome to developing the first rapid test for Ebola, entrepreneurs and companies are thriving in Maryland. The state represents one of the largest life sciences clusters in the U.S. with 500+ biotech firms, 2,000 lifescience companies, the NIH, the FDA, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, and plenty of funding and guidance resources. This healthcare expertise and innovative culture also have made Maryland a leader in Health IT with a number of growing companies focused on leveraging technology to improve health while lowering costs. Our Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board ​is ​full of key leaders ​who support the growth ​of ​the state’s biotechnology and health​ ​​IT industry sectors.


  • First to map human genome; leader in personalized medicine
  • 20% of top influencers worldwide in vaccine development
  • First FDA approved mobile telephone application
  • World’s largest producer of adult stem cells
  • Only FDA approved data center
  • First FDA approved wireless device
  • First rapid test for Ebola to be approved by the FDA, EUA and WHO 
  • Generous (50%) biotechnology investor incentive tax credit
  • Maryland​’s​ Life Sciences Advisory Board supports the state’s biotech and ​h​ealth IT industry sectors. 
  • Numerous incubators, accelerators, tech transfer funding programs, and other resources
Innovation Leaders


  • 1st in the % of professional and technical workers(lab tech certificate through Ph.D.)
  • 4th in concentration of technology jobs (8.6% of private sector workforce)
  • Leading K-12 public school system. 1st in nation in student Advanced Placement – 9 years running
  • 55 accredited 2 & 4-year colleges & universities – many with specialized biotech programs
  • 16 community colleges offering continuing education and workforce training in biotech and related fields
Technology and Innovation


  • One of the nation’s largest life sciences clusters, halfway between Boston and Raleigh/Durham
  • Home to dozens of federal agencies responsible for setting standards, approving products for sale to the U.S. market, conducting and/or fund cutting edge research in human and animal health
  • These include the FDA, the NIH, the Frederick National Lab for Cancer Research, USAMRIID, ECBC, Walter Reed and US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)
  • 80% of the U.S. pharmaceutical industry and more than 2000 life sciences companies are within a two hour drive
  • Three nearby international airports enable travel to the rest of the U.S. market and Europe in six hours or less
Manufacturing Proximity


Maryland BioHealth Companies

Companies working in agriculture and marine bio, biodefense, clean technology, food safety, human and animal health companies all are well-represented in Maryland. Health IT companies here specialize in digital health, mHealth, telemedicine, EHR, bioinformatics, health IT infrastructure and data center services, patient engagement, wellness and related fields. For a full directory of Maryland BioHealth companies, please search or browse the directory.


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FEATURED COMPANY: Harpoon Medical, Inc. 

Harpoon Medical, Inc. is a development stage medical device company commercializing a minimally invasive surgical tool to repair the mitral valve and eliminate mitral valve regurgitation. With the Harpoon device, surgeons can access and repair the mitral valve in a beating heart via a small incision between the ribs without open heart surgery or cardiopulmonary bypass. The Harpoon procedure will reduce the recovery period for mitral valve surgery from weeks to days.

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Funding for life sciences companies in Maryland is available from many sources. Popular incentive programs offered at the Maryland Department of Commerce include the Biotechnology Investor Incentive Tax Credit (BIITC), Research and Development Tax Credit and Job Creation Tax Credit.

Maryland’s Industrial Partnerships Program (MIPS) and the MII program operated by TEDCO are two programs providing resources to support technology transfer and collaboration with the many outstanding research institutions in the State. The Maryland Venture Fund, the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund, TEDCO’s Technology Validation Program and other funds managed by TEDCO also support early stage commercialization activities in Maryland. In addition, federal programs (i.e.SBIR/STTR) are used by a number of Maryland biohealth technology companies to advance their technology development.

For more about the funding options for your business and other resources available in Maryland for your BioHealth company,  please contact our office to schedule an appointment with a team member –


Maryland’s colleges and universities offer dozens of biohealth technology certificate, two and four year and advanced degree, continuing education and specialized training programs in fields ranging from nanotechnology to biomedical engineering, biotechnology manufacturing to clinical trials project management.   A sampling of life sciences related programs are listed below.  For more questions, or specific training needs, please contact the Maryland Department of Commerce’s Office of BioHealth and Life Sciences for more information.

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The continuing growth of Biotechnology companies is dependent upon the level of training and education and skills of their workers. Maryland’s colleges and universities not only offer a wealth of biotechnology education and training programs, but also most will customize training targeted to specific needs.   A number of private and nonprofit organizations also offer training. These programs include:


Training modules developed with industry input from board with large industry representation. In addition to designing training modules based in industry input, BioTRAIN staff work closely with Montgomery College’s other Biotechnology certificate degree and programs to place students.

Biotechnical Institute (BTI)

Free skill-based scientific training provided to qualified adult high school graduates who are unemployed or underemployed to become entry-level biotechnicians/lab techs. BTI partners with Baltimore CC and has a successful placement record.

The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES)

An array of management and leadership development seminars and workshops provided to help the medical science and public health community to advance their professional knowledge. FAES offers 120+ courses in 12 departments.

Maryland Tech Connection (MTC), operated out of Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation

Biotechnology and IT training for long term unemployed “blending industry-led training and work and learn strategies with strong job seeker wrap-around supports.” The program serves 12 counties and the city of Baltimore, and includes 59 partners.


Companies looking to open their first office in Maryland have a wide variety of incubators (with lab space and without wet lab space) to choose from.  Use our incubator search tool to find the right space for you. Several of the incubators are housed in research parks where they have ample room to grow and leverage the park’s resources. Browse through Maryland’s research parks for a snapshot of what is available.


The Maryland Department of Commerce’s Office of BioHealth and Life Sciences provides free access to market research databases for Maryland biohealth entrepreneurs developing business plans and funding applications. These databases include information regarding licensing opportunities, target markets, competition, valuation, FDA approval status, clinical trials, and more.

  • BioMedTracker – provides clinical trial information and analyst reviews—including overall likelihood of FDA approval–in a searchable database. Reports also include commercial potential for drugs with 0-year revenue projections for the U.S., Europe and Japan.
  • Frost and Sullivan – provides market assessment and competitive analysis in healthcare: pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, drug discovery technologies, clinical diagnostics, healthcare IT, medical imaging, and medical devices.
  • MedTrack – provides pipeline, financial, competitive product, mechanism of action, sales, partnering, and patent information which can be sorted by parameters such as disease, competitive products, or clinical trial stage. A clickable list of leading venture finance rounds also is available.
  • Recap – Deloitte Recap provides information regarding alliance formation and lifecycle, deal valuations and contract analyses to assist with the development of partnering strategies and deal terms.

These databases are available only to bona-fide entrepreneurs/faculty innovators based in Maryland (consultants excluded).  To access these databases at the Department of Commerce’s offices in Baltimore or Rockville, please contact us at to schedule an appointment in advance.


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Judy Costello

Judith Costello
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