A Vision of Science and Education on Cape Ann

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) was launched in 2013 in the belief that the ocean represents a new source of opportunity. As a not-for-profit whose ambitious mission is “to conduct world-class marine biotechnology research which expands the regional economy,” GMGI is demonstrating that there is vast potential in marine science discovery powered by genomics.

Gloucester, a 400-year-old port, offers the ideal location and maritime infrastructure for situating the world’s first dedicated marine genomics research institute. The proximity of Cape Ann to the biotechnology hub of Cambridge and Boston allows for easy northward expansion of this economic driver.

GMGI will help catalyze a regional biotech hub through a strategy triad that includes:

I. Research Institute

GMGI is establishing a world-class marine biotechnology research facility, with programs powered by genomics. The primary focus is on research that connects with human health. We are also committed to bringing the best science to fishery research.

II. Education/Academy

GMGI has developed a vibrant science learning environment at our facility in Blackburn Center. The Gloucester Biotechnology Academy flagship vocational program educates high school graduates for careers as biotech lab technicians, with a lab-immersion curriculum and paid internships. The Academy is set to offer educational programs and Summer science camps for local middle and high school students.

III. Science Community

GMGI is actively promoting conditions that encourage development of a science hub in and around Gloucester by hosting science conferences and forging collaborative partnerships. The GMGI vision has brought together pioneering scientists, community leaders, successful business people and committed educators --- all dedicated to this thriving organization.

GMGI Board members and staff at the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy ribbon cutting.


Our mission is to conduct world-class marine biotechnology research which expands the regional economy.

Gloucester Marine
Genomics Institute

417 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

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