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Bar Harbor biomedical lab plans to be 50 percent larger by 2030

A Bar Harbor biomedical research laboratory that studies how some creatures can regrow organs is looking to significantly expand its workforce in the next half-dozen years.

Despite being founded in the late 1890s, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory functioned for decades as strictly a seasonal enterprise and, even a century after its creation, had only nine employees.

This century, the lab has pursued a growth strategy that, while aiming to remain small compared to other biomedical research labs, saw its workforce grow to roughly 50 a decade ago, and to more than 100 now.

And it plans to expand further in the next six years, but without expanding its existing footprint in the local village of Salisbury Cove, lab officials said Wednesday. The lab has a goal of boosting the number of its research groups from 10 to 15 in the next five to seven years, with each research group consisting of 10 researchers for a projected total of roughly 150 people.

“Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory has come a long way,” said Hermann Haller, the lab’s president. “That’s what we are aiming for.”

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By Bill Trotter

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