AFFILIATIONS: BIOTECHNOLOGY INNOVATION
We are proud to be affiliated with organizations and initiatives that are dedicated to expanding the biosciences in Montana and around the country.
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization, or BIO, is the world’s largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations.
In 2005, we were invited to join BIO’s Council of State BioScience Associations to represent bioscience enterprises in Montana. The council promotes public understanding and advocates for policies that support the responsible development of the bioscience industry.
Through these affiliations, we bring our members current and credible information on the industry including breakthroughs in research, opportunities for business development, tools to more effectively tell our story here in Montana, and Bio Business Solutions, a list of companies offering services with discounts to our members. On the Bio Business Solutions Affiliate Resources page, you’ll find newsletters from some of those companies that provide more information on the value they bring to our members.
BIO also offers easy-to-access communications on a variety of subjects.
Montana Bioscience Cluster Initiative – In 2018, Montana received one of only seven national awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration to enhance our bioscience ecosystem and workforce. The Cluster Initiative is the result of that award and supports, trains, and mentors new and established life science enterprises.
The Montana Innovation Partnership, a program of Montana State University, works with startups across the state. The partnership has allowed Montana to become the most successful state in the nation in securing small business innovation grants from the National Institutes of Health.