Governor Welcomes First Students of Graduate School of Biomedical SciencesSeptember 07, 2006 - TRCORONO – Governor John Baldacci today joined University of Maine President Robert A. Kennedy in welcoming the twelve graduate students of the new biomedical program at the University of Maine. The biomedical school is a signature initiative of the Governor. He discussed the plan in his 2005 State of the State Address, and worked with the University to designate over $350,000 in scholarship funds for students in the bio-medical graduate school.The Governor noted that the school integrates two of his goals for growing Maine’s economy: increasing opportunities for higher education and workforce training, and building the capacity in Maine for research and development, technology and innovation to thrive, attracting more good paying jobs to the state.“Building our research and development capacity has been a cornerstone of my economic plan to grow good paying jobs in Maine and moving our economy into the 21st Century,” said the Governor. “By creating this graduate school, we’re better aligning our education system with Maine’s research and development strengths. It’s not enough anymore to have world class research institutions like Jackson Lab. We are driving Maine’s innovation economy by combining cutting edge research with education, training, entrepreneurship, and finance.” The Governor told the students, “We have a system in place that will allow every student in this room today to become a business leader in Maine’s economy. We have solid plans for your future here in Maine.” Nine of the students have Maine roots.The graduate school is a collaborative effort between a number of vibrant research institutions in the state: the University of Maine; the University of Southern Maine; the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine; the Jackson Laboratory; the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory; Maine Medical Center Research Institute; and Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.Currently, research and development activity directly supports more than 11,000 jobs in Maine. The University of Maine’s research activity has tripled in the past decade. In the period from 2003 to 2005 institutional personnel in R&D increased 67% in Maine; institutional R&D space grew 40%; and faculty involved in R&D grew 66%.Read Online: http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?id=23499&topic=Portal+News&v=article-2006NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.