GMGI is actively promoting conditions that encourage development of a science community in and around Gloucester

GMGI’s state-of-the art genomics lab on the Gloucester waterfront

“The North Shore of Boston Ecosystem”

HOME TO 38 BIOTECHS with 12–750 employees
WITHIN 17 MILES of the GMGI lab
AVERAGE 14 MINUTE commute for GMGI scientists
COST/SF 80% LOWER than Boston or Cambridge
35 MILES from Kendall
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GMGI Science Community Survey

2024 GMGI SCIENCE FORUM: October 24, 2024

Details to come

Why Gloucester?


Gloucester is just 35 miles from Kendall Square.

Strategic Resource

At GMGI we’ve found that the local “North Shore of Boston ecosystem” of 38 biotechs with 12 –750 employees within 17 miles of our lab has been a key strategic resource.


Gloucester Biotechnology Academy is a workforce training program with a well-deserved national reputation that prepares young adults for successful careers as life sciences lab technicians. The seventh class graduated in June of 2023 after seven months of hands-on training in the lab, including a new curriculum focused exclusively on training students for entry level work in biomanufacturing, and a three-month, paid industry internship.


The build-out cost $176 per sq ft and the lease for the space is $13 per sq ft –or $3,440 per month–significantly lower than the price in Boston or Cambridge.

MassBio Platinum Status

Gloucester has been awarded a biotech platinum status from MassBio as a location with the highest level of readiness for new construction or for the renovation of existing real estate. In addition, there is a science workforce of over 48,000 within a 1-hour drive.

Established Infrastructure

Gloucester’s readiness for biomanufacturing activity is currently supported by 10 industrial buildings with immediate availabilities ranging in size from 10,000 –30,000 sf and 5 properties that each offer 5-10 acres of development opportunity.

GMGI’s state of the art genomics lab on Gloucester waterfront

18th Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards Video

What’s happening now?

Job Creation

GMGI has created 19 new staff and marine genomics research jobs (and counting).

Biotech Growth

In 2013, there were no biotechs in the Cape Ann region, today there are four (and counting).

Creation of Biotech Cluster

MassBio / MassEcon have praised GMGI’s efforts to advance a biotech cluster in Gloucester.

GMGI’s Annual Science Forum

Since 2014, over 300 leading scientists from all over the world have travelled to Cape Ann to attend annual GMGI Science Forums.

Innovation Economy Growth

Life sciences workforce development thought leaders recently convened in Gloucester at GMGI’s invitation for a conference to identify innovative opportunities to educate the workforce for an innovation economy.

Scientific Community Presentations

In 2020 and 2021 our Science Hour presentations attracted over 1,400 viewings.

Since 2014, over 300 leading scientists from all over the world have travelled to Cape Ann to attend annual GMGI Science Forums

What’s Next?

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Urban Revitalization

To attract life science and STEM-related companies to our harbor and remake Gloucester as an emblem of urban revitalization GMGI needs a team of dedicated staff skilled in the art of collaboration.


Global Communication

To use our convening power to bring global leaders, leading scientists and workforce development experts to Gloucester, GMGI needs a communications and events infrastructure capable of putting the best of GMGI and Gloucester on the world’s stage.

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Genomics Innovation

To commercialize our discoveries and bring genomics innovation to bear on global challenges, GMGI scientists need access to the resources and business community networks.