During Maine Startup and Create 2017, Lori Valigra spoke with Kevin Strange, Ph.D., president of the MDI Biological Laboratory, and Isaiah Mansour, a summer fellow in the Strange laboratory, on fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Maine that creates quality jobs for Maine STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students.
Growing the state’s capacity to compete in research and development in biological sciences is part of the next step. Voters should make a point of getting to their polling station and saying “yes” to an important investment in the future.
There is one statewide question on the June 13 ballot. It asks voters whether they support $50 million in state borrowing with $45 million going to the technology asset fund. The other $5 million would replenish the Small Enterprise Growth Fund at the Finance Authority of Maine, which uses the mon…
This letter of support for the approval of Question 1 on the June 13 referendum was written by MDI Biological Laboratory research assistant Jesse Rochester. Maine voters have a chance to say “yes” to an investment in our state that will create quality jobs, foster innovation and help the state transition to a knowledge-based economy.