The University of New England recently hosted a gathering of experts from the state’s life sciences and biotechnology fields.

More than 175 leaders from Maine’s research universities, medical centers, biotech businesses and research institutions attended the Life Sciences Venture Summit.

The summit explored how to turn bioscience research into successful businesses, the challenges such businesses face in Maine and ways to grow the state’s life sciences industry.

Joshua Hamilton, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, welcomed the attendees to UNE’s Innovation Hall.

Karen Houseknecht, Ph.D., associate provost for Research and Scholarship, took part in a session, titled “Fostering a Culture of Entrepreneurship in Maine’s Research Institutions.”

“Hosting this event was a natural fit for UNE, where entrepreneurism and life sciences meet every day,” said Holly Parker, Ph.D., associate provost for Strategic Initiatives. “Supporting the development of a life sciences business sector here in Maine is good for UNE, for Maine and the region.”

Other sessions included “Growing a Vibrant Biotech Economy,” “Building a Successful Biotech Business in Maine” and “Launching an R&D Intensive Life Sciences Company in Maine.”

The event was sponsored by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs (MCE), an organization that has accelerated the growth of hundreds of businesses and established a mentor network of more than 125 members.

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