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Old 06-15-2012, 06:08 AM
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Hello. I'm hoping to get some info regarding best New England towns to live in which have a decent number of biotech companies to work for. I will graduate next May with a Masters and will most likely seek positions as a research scientist, QA specialist, etc. (basic bench work for a new grad). I live in the south and would like to live somewhere that can offer me a bit more culture and adventure and has the convenience of a larger city (i.e. a metro). I have read several articles lately which note New England towns as being the site for new and emerging bioclusters (around Boston, Philadelphia, in CT and near DC. Other places outside of NE are mentioned as well such as Ohio, Minn, Missouri).

Here's what I'm looking for: A historic city with many festivals, an appreciation for the arts and easy access to nature (parks, mountains close by, lakes maybe). A place that perhaps looks and feels small until you take the metro into the main city where you can always find new things to do. A bit of a granola or hippy culture (this is probably the least important factor. I just find that I'm attracted to the same places as hippy-ish folks :P). Somewhere with at least a few established biotech companies so that I would have options in my career. GOOD FOOD. I love good food and wine so I need to be within a metro ride of the bigger city for some good eats and night time entertainment. Somewhere walkable and safe-ish. I'm a 25 yo female if that helps.

I appreciate hearing your view points and will be posting in many New England forums.
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Old 06-15-2012, 01:45 PM
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I see that no one has answered, so I'll do my best. I googled "biotech companies" and Vermont, and got a list of what purports to be every biotech company in the state. There are ten. Eight of these are in the immediate Burlington area, two are in St. Albans. I don't believe St. Albans would answer to your other requirements. Burlington would meet some of your requirements, although certainly not all. There's excellent food, night time entertainment, a lively arts scene and plenty of nature. However, "A place that perhaps looks and feels small until you take the metro into the main city where you can always find new things to do. . . " would definitely not describe Burlington. There is no metro and there is no "main city". In fact, people who are accustomed to large cities often don't consider Burlington a city at all. Like Portland, Maine, it's really a largish town. It looks and feels small everywhere you look; there is no "main city" of the kind you have in mind. I don't know if the number of biotech firms in Burlington, which seems a small number to me, would give you the kind of career options you're looking for - I suspect not. Since you're right at the beginning of your career, you might want to go someplace with more opportunities to get yourself established. Here's the list of ten companies - you might want to research their sites and see if they have anything to offer:

List of Biotechnology / Pharmaceutical Companies in Vermont

1-10 of 10 Companies
Bio-Tek Instruments Inc
Winooski - VT, 05404-1356
Bio-Tek is a leading developer and supplier of high-value microplate instrumentation and software solutions. Its instrumentation is used to accelerate the drug discovery process, to advance discoveries in ge...

Burlington Drug
Milton - VT, 05468-3212

Burlington Drug Co
Milton - VT, 05468-3236

Foodscience Corp.
Essex Junction - VT, 05452-2896
Producer of human and animal dietary supplements. Products are sold to the healthcare and veterinary industries. The bulk of revenue is derived from activity in the pharmaceuticals industry.

Green Mountain Antibodies, Inc.
Burlington - VT, 05402-1283
Immunoassay monoclonal antibodies

Hazen JM Frog Co
Alburg - VT, 05440-0000

Med Associates
Saint Albans - VT, 05478-0000

Mylan Technologies, Inc.
Saint Albans - VT, 05478-2287
Manufacturer of medical transdermal patches and related materials such as films, release liners and backing materials. Provider of custom coating, laminating and extrusion services. Products and services are...

Omya Vermont Marble Power Div
Proctor - VT, 05765-1195
Omya is the home of white mountains".It is an international white minerals company supplying high quality calcium carbonates and talcs. The company's major markets include paper, plastics, rubber, coatings, ...

Vermont Organic Reclamation
Richford - VT, 05476-9563
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Old 06-15-2012, 01:45 PM
Location: in a cabin overlooking the mountains
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Sounds to me like you want to draw a line between Hudson NH and Cambridge MA and look at everything between those to endpoints. You'll be 1 hr from Boston and in the heart of the New England biotech area.
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:00 PM
Location: Vermont
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There are some biotech companies in Hanover, NH, just across the river from Norwich, VT. There are one or two in Centerra Park, I believe. There is also Stryker biotech in West Lebanon, and another one in the same area that does medical imaging, but I can't think of the name at the moment. All are based here in the Upper Valley and take advantage of the proximity of Dartmouth, with it's teaching hospital and large research facilities. There is excellent bus service to Boston as well, but the Upper Valley itself is very rural.
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