Today, DNA-based medicine and biotech industrialization are driving the 21st century economy. In Massachusetts alone, more than 500 biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies have been established by a unique concentration of universities and investors.
The Gloucester economy has not been as fortunate, with its proud fishing industry threatened by diminished fish stocks and dramatically reduced catch limits.
But the proximity of Cape Ann to the centralized biotechnology hub of Boston and Cambridge can allow easy northward expansion of this economic driver. The Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute is seizing the opportunity to encourage this expansion, and in so doing, stimulate the redevelopment of Gloucester’s harbor economy.
The GMGI mission is to become a world-class marine biotechnology research Institute, built on the rich heritage of Gloucester’s maritime history, catalyzing a biotechnology hub that will sustain Gloucester and the Cape Ann economy for the 21st century and beyond.
Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute’s work is defined by three distinct strategies:
- Perform biotechnology research focused on marine and fisheries applications
- Launch Gloucester Biotechnology Academy, a program that will prepare recent local high school graduates for professional lab technician jobs in the biotechnology and life sciences industries
- Establish Gloucester as an international science hub
The GMGI vision has attracted groundbreaking scientists, community leaders, successful business people and committed educators – all dedicated to Gloucester’s bright future. There is every reason to believe that the GMGI mission will be fully realized.