BioME & MCE 2021 Life Sciences Summit

Join us on October 19-20 for the BioME & MCE 2021 Life Sciences Summit!

The Maine Life Sciences Summit aims to increase awareness of the technology transfer and commercialization efforts underway at our world-class research institutions and highlight the success of Startup businesses in Maine. We will also explore topics such as how to run a life science business/organization throughout the pandemic, what the industry might look like post-pandemic, life sciences’ training programs available in Maine, how academic institutions communicate with the industry, workforce development and workforce trends.

Summit Details & Agenda – Day One

October 19th from 9-11:30AM

Join us for a virtual fireside chat with key players in Maine’s technology transfer network to hear about the latest resources, funding opportunities and success stories. This will be followed by five bioscience business Founders who will showcase their emerging technology businesses through an array of business resources unique to Maine.

9:00AM-9:10AM – Welcome Remarks: Agnieszka Carpenter(BioME) and Tom Rainey(MCE)

9:30AM-10:10AM – Fireside Chat – Maine Technology Leaders: Panelists: Susan Ahern(MaineHealth Innovations), Renee Kelly(University of Maine), Judy Sproule(Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory), Gregory Fryer(Verrill Dana, moderator)

10:10AM-10:20AM – Break

10:20AM-11:20AM – BioStartup Showcase: Speakers: Cem Giray(Salmonics, Inc.), Jason Hine, MD(HaloMed, Inc.), Ariel Shevenell(Signal Insights), Jerry Collins(Treadwell, Inc.), Kristy Townsend(Neuright), Paul Fitzpatrick(Maine Center for Entrepreneurs, moderator)

11:20AM-11:30AM – Concluding Remarks

Summit Details & Agenda – Day Two

October 20th from 9-11:30AM

Day two of the Summit will feature the visionary bioscience thought leader Juan Enriquez – businessman, investor, science author, TedTalk star, and New Englander. The keynote speaker will be followed by a panel of business leaders from leading bioscience organizations in Maine.

9:00AM-9:10AM – Welcome Remarks: Agnieszka Carpenter(BioME) and Tom Rainey(MCE)

9:10AM-9:30AM – BioME Updates

9:30AM-10:10AM – Keynote Address: Juan Enriquez, Bestselling Author, TED All-Star, Managing Director, Excel Venture Management

10:10AM-10:20AM – BREAK

10:20AM-11:20AM – Panel Discussion: Navigating Life Science Business and Workforce in 2021 – Panelists: Catherine Longley, JD(Jackson Laboratory), Julie Cross, PhD(IDEXX), Aileen Huang-Saad, PhD(Roux Institute), Dan Belyea (Maine Community College System), Toby Ahrens(FocusMaine, moderator)

11:20AM-11:30AM – Concluding Remarks

For Speaker Bios please visit the BioME event page



Seafood & Aquaculture Sales Channel Webinar Series

Join MCE’s Fall Webinar Series designed specifically for Maine seafood & aquaculture companies. This 3-part series will explore requirements, opportunities & best practices to successfully sell seafood products in Food Service, Direct to Consumer and Retail sales channels.

Webinar 1: Building a Strong Food Service Network

Thursday, October 21st  2-3:30 PM


  • Food Service Sales Channel Overview
  • Food Service seafood market trends featuring NPD Group
  • Seafood Regulatory
  • Food Service panel discussion including Q&A with industry experts:
    • Briana Warner, Atlantic Sea Farms
    • Will Sullivan, Inland Seafood
    • Kurt Chapin, Sysco


Webinar 2:  Selling Seafood Direct to Consumer

Thursday, November 4th  2-3:30 PM

Topics Include:

  • E-commerce sales channel opportunities
  • E-commerce seafood market trends
  • Direct to Consumer panel discussion and Q&A with industry experts:
    • Mark Murrell, Get Maine Lobster
    • Luke’s Lobster
    • Amber-Jean Nickel, Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company
    • Patricia Hinds, Food Safety & Audit Solutions of Maine


Webinar 3:  Preparing to Sell Seafood at Retail

Wednesday, November 17th  2-3:30 PM

Topics Include:

  • The Retail landscape and advantages of selling to Retail
  • Retail seafood market trends featuring NielsenIQ
  • Retail panel discussion and Q&A with industry experts:
    • Jim Budroe, Duck Trap
    • Irene Moon, Bristol Seafood
    • Retailer – TBD
    • Patricia Hinds, Food Safety & Audit Solutions of Maine


Thank you to our Partner FocusMaine and Sponsor Pierce Atwood