5 Reasons the Biosciences Thrive in Frederick, Maryland
Located less than an hour from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Frederick plays a key role within Maryland's bioscience cluster and has much to offer new and expanding biotech businesses.
Below are some of the top reasons the biosciences thrive in Frederick, Maryland.
1. Location, Location, Location
Frederick is the northern anchor of the I-270 Technology Corridor in Maryland, which is one of the largest bioscience clusters in the U.S. Frederick is home to Fort Detrick, the Frederick National Laboratory, 9,000+ businesses, and 80 bioscience companies. Less than an hour from both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, it also offers close proximity to federal regulatory agencies.
2. Opportunity & Collaboration
Businesses enjoy strong biotechnology transfer opportunities from the federal labs at Fort Detrick and the National Cancer Institute. Start-ups can thrive in Frederick's local biotech incubator with state-of-the-art wet labs and offices available. The community is supported with partners offering local networking opportunities and workshops.
3. Educated Workforce & Great Schools
Ranked among the 2nd smartest cities by Forbes.com, 36% of the workforce holds a bachelor's degree or higher and 13.3% have earned a Masters degree or Ph.D. Local public school achievement exceeds Maryland averages with scores that consistently surpass state and national averages on measures such as the College Board SAT.
Two-thirds of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive of Frederick, and the location provides convenient access to all major markets on the eastern seaboard. It is within 50 miles of three international airports (BWI, Dulles and Reagan National). Two commuter rail stations serve Frederick, offering daily weekday service to Washington, D.C.
5. Award-Winning Place to Live
Frederick was named one of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” in the U.S. by Livability.com. It was also named one of the "10 Best Places Near Washington, D.C. For Young Professionals" and Frederick County was named among the “Top 10 Counties in America.” Downtown Frederick is bustling with independently owned shops and restaurants, while close to area hiking, biking, wineries, and historic sites. Frederick offers the ability for residents to “live, work, and play” and experience an excellent quality of life.
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(Carroll Creek and Cycling Photo Credit: Visit Frederick)