A Scientific Discovery

Frederick County is a leading biotechnology and life sciences community –  home to Fort Detrick, the leading medical research laboratory for the U.S. Biological Defense Research Program, the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and global vaccine giants like AstraZeneca/MedImmune’s biologics manufacturing facility – this expertise has helped make Frederick County a highly-desired location for biotechnology innovation.

Already home to more than 80 cutting edge bioscience companies, Frederick County now has the second largest cluster of bioscience companies in Maryland.  As part of the research triangle of the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins Hospital and NCI-Frederick, this location gives companies unparalleled access to some of the most cited researchers and top influencers in the world. Frederick County is also part of the BioHealth Capital Region Initiative to be a Top 3 Biotech Hub by 2023.

Bioscience Workforce & Higher Education

Access to four quality higher education facilities ensures that an available biotechnology and life science workforce remains top-notch. The County’s higher education institutions – Mount Saint Mary’s University, Hood College, and Frederick Community College (FCC) have supported the growing need for higher education in biotechnology fields. Mount Saint Mary’s offers a Master of Science in Biotechnology and Management graduate program and Hood offers a Biomedical Science Masters program. FCC also offers a transfer option in STEM with concentrations in biology, chemistry or engineering and enrollment numbers continue to increase.

The Frederick Center for Research and Education in Science and Technology (CREST)  is a new initiative aimed at hosting masters programs in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology programs from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters of Chemical and Life Sciences program from the University of Maryland in 2017 CREST is a Maryland-approved regional higher education center whose mission is to provide a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based research hub in Frederick to meet the needs of regional employers.

Business Incubator with Wet Labs

The Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc (FITCI) offers biotech and life science entrepreneurs over 20,000 SF of space with 35 offices, 16 wet labs and state-of-the-art services geared towards accelerating biotech entrepreneurs. Since FITCI opened its doors in 2004, several clients have graduated thriving bioscience companies who have remained in Frederick County.

Bioscience Stats

  • 2nd largest cluster of bioscience companies in Maryland
  • 23.6% growth in biotech companies from 2001-2013
  • #1 Maryland’s ranking in the U.S. for number of professional & technical workers 

Bioscience Incentives

Frederick County, the City of Frederick and the state of Maryland may offer customized incentives for the biotechnology and life sciences industries. Please contact our office to learn more.

Additional Bioscience Partners