For the past two years, the Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute’s public profile has been little more than a relatively discreet office space off the beaten path, tucked into the side of Cruiseport Gloucester.
That seems about to change in a substantial way in the coming months.
“We’re establishing a world-leading marine biotech research institute in Gloucester with the idea of strengthening the Gloucester economy by creating a biotech hub on Cape Ann,” said Michele D. May, chairwoman of GMGI’s board of directors.
It is a lofty goal. The idea for such an enterprise has been kicking around the Gloucester waterfront for several years as an economic engine that potentially could fill some of the void created by the unceasing commercial fishing disaster and provide a platform for future innovation and growth.
That is a complex mission with a litany of moving parts.
But the founders of GMGI, a 501c3 non-profit, are confident they have developed an integrated approach to provide economic and scientific benefits through research, innovation, education, job creation and, ultimately, new spinoff companies that will expand the critical mass of Cambridge and Boston biotech companies northward to Cape Ann.
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GDT 2015 11 13 Building Biotech Base