Activites in the biotechnology and biomedical industries include the manufacturing of devices and supplies, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and bioinformatics. Bio-tech companies may benefit from the state's financial incentives and the numerous partnership possibilities with our two national laboratories and abundant research facilities. In 2008 New Mexico ranked 16th on Milken's State Technology and Science Index, a measure of technology and science assets that can be leveraged to promote economic development. Many of the bioscience-based companies participate in the New Mexico Biotechnology and Biomedical Association.
Technology organizations and special partnerships create a unique competitive advantage for industries located in New Mexico. Commercialization programs between Metro New Mexico's national labs and private industry facilitate tech transfer projects. In addition, research parks and incubators help bio-based companies compete in a global economy.
An ideal resource for creating these types of partnerships is the New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program, which per their website:
"...allows New Mexico small businesses facing a technical challenge to access the unique expertise and capabilities of Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories. At no cost to the business, small businesses with a technical challenge can seek assistance from lab scientists or engineers for projects that require testing, design consultation and access to special equipment or facilities."
Check out the "2010 Flying 40 Awards" for a current list of "gazelle" companies based in the Metro New Mexico region. A few of the companies that made the list include:
- Star Cryoelectronics - Manufactures sensors used in biomedical imaging.
- Health Xnet - Streamlinging health information exchange.
- Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
Bio-Based Top Employers
- Accent Alternatives, Inc. - Development and manufacturing of biotherapeutics.
- Azano Pharmaceuticals - developing technology to provide relief to lupus patients with severe kidney inflammation.
- B.A.S.I.C Dental Implant Systems, Inc. - Produces several products that ease dental implants for both dentists and patients.
- Biomoda, Inc. - Products that will be used for early diagnosis of cancer, and aid in the imaging and treatment of cancer.
- Ethicon Endo-Surgery - A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary; endoscopic and surgical devices.
- Exagen Diagnostics, Inc - Spinoff from Quasar International. Genetic tests to predict the course of breast cancer and hepatitis C. Recent $5.4 million investment by three venture capital firms. Use of genomic data will shorten product development by five years.
- InLight Solutions - Tech transfer from Sandia and UNM. Noninvasive glucose monitor and alcohol monitor.
- IntelliCyt - Develops and markets cell screening solutions.
- Kestrel Corp - Advanced imaging, remote sensing, adaptive optics and wavefront sensing systems for commercial, bio-medical and government research applications.
- Lumidigm - Biometrics design and manufacturing.
- Marpac, Inc. - Provider of tube securement devices for Respiratory Therapists and Critical Care Nurses.
- Miox Corp. - Water purification technology. Exporting award from the U.S. Commerce Department in 2002. U.S. Marines in Afghanistan carry Miox water purifier.
- Monitech, Inc. - Distributor of biomedical equipment and services.
- NanoMR - Developsdiagnostic products based on theirminiature NMR technology.
- Oco Biomedical - The next generation in implant technology.
- OSO BioPharmaceuticals Manufacturing- Manufacturing of sterile liquid, suspended and lyophilized biologic and pharmaceutical products.
- Outcomes, Inc. - Healthcare Data Auditing and Analytics Services
- PhDx Systems - Web-based software applications and data collection for health-care organizations.
- Prime Therapeutics - Mail Service Pharmacy
- Protalex, Inc. - Committed to dramatically improving the lives of people with autoimmune disorders.
- ProteaSure - Development of non-invasive, proteomic diagnostics and screening for the early detection of endometrial pathologies.
- Sandia Biotech- Develop and manufacture test kits effective in monitoring protein expression and configuration. Rapid HIV-detection kit.
- Senior Scientific - Develops technology for the early detection of disease and for image-guided therapy of the disease.
- TecMed, Inc. - Medical technology company.
- Tricore Laboratories - Not-for-profit corporation that is the result of a regional laboratory consolidation effort. Sponsors include University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
- VeraLight - Medical device company focused on diabetes and pre-diabetes.
- Biomimetic Products, Inc. - Manufactures biomedical instruments.
- Amerisource Bergen (formerly Bergen Brunswig Drug Company) - Pharmaceutical distribution company.
- U.S. Cotton - Health, pharmaceutical and industrial cotton products.
- Genzyme Genetics - A dynamic leader in diagnostic testing.
- Mesa Analytics & Computing - Creates custom data mining solutions and software for companies with problems in knowledge discovery.
- Metallicum, LLC - Focused on the development and commercialization of nanostructured metals and alloys.
- National Center for Genome Resources - Non-profit research institution for improving health through collaborative research at the intersection of bioscience, computing and mathematics.
- OpenEye Scientific Software - Provides software to the pharmaceutical industry for molecular modeling and cheminformatics.
- QTL Biosystems - Medical sensor to quickly test a saliva or urine sample for diseases and devices to detect anthrax exposure.
- Southwest Sciences, Inc - Performs research and develops technology in combustion, atmospheric chemistry, imaging, and optical sciences.
- Center for Advanced Studies - State-funded center for excellence housed within the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Research focus is on tiny scales, intense fields, and complex systems.
- Center for Micro-Engineered Materials - Hosts the National Science Foundation's Ceramic and Composite Materials Center. Research objectives are to understand and use molecular and near-molecular processes to synthesize improved ceramic materials with controlled composite structures at nano- to micro-length scales.
- Los Alamos National Lab
- Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute is the nation's only private, basic science, biomedical research organization dedicated to respiratory disease research.
- The National Center for Genome Resources - Develops software to help scientists understand biological data.
- New Mexico Genome Sequencing Center- A non-profit research institution dedicated to improving human health, nutrition and the environment.
- Sandia Science & Technology Park- A research and industrial park near Sandia National Lab, whose tenants includeEMCOREand Ktech Corporation.
- The Santa Fe Business Incubator- A 30,000 square feet facility that has nurtured 33 companies and generated nearly 200 jobs.
- The Santa Fe Institute- Known for its work on complexity and complex adaptive systems.
- Science & Technology Corporation @ UNM - Facilitates transfer of university inventions to the commercial market place.
- Technology Ventures Corporation - Helps startup companies that are developing technology with, and for, the national laboratories.
- The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center - Has a unique repository of data on entire populations of patients, and has one of few high-performance parallel computers among universities.
- WESST Corp Enterprise Center - Designed to house 18-30 businesses targeted to artisan manufacturing, digital media production and "green" enterprise.
- NM Biotechnology and Biomedical Association - Albuquerque; With over 40 participants in Albuquerque, the Association provides community for the industry, pursues commercialization of life science ideas, and provides a focal point for identifying resources necessary to promote the growth of bioscience businesses.