During the day, you'll find a deep culture of innovation, discover, and novel research, and development in cutting-edge organizations such as AstraZeneca's biologics manufacturing facility, the Leidos/Frederick National Lab's FFRDC, and Lonza's headquarters for the bio-science division producing more than 3000 products and services to the biotechnology, clinical, pharmaceutical and research communities.
After the lab coats are hung up for the day, those same smart minds meld into the diverse cultural experiences for which Frederick is nationally-renowned. From the foodie scene of downtown Frederick, a thriving craft beverage industry with award-winning wineries, breweries and distilleries, and amazing outdoor recreational opportunities throughout the mountains, valleys and rivers that surround the community, Frederick County offers a quality of life that supports both the attraction and retention of top talent.
Business Friendly Environment
Frederick, the Northern anchor of the 270 Technology Corridor, is home to more than 80 life science companies focused on bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing, bio-defense research and discovery, cell therapy product development, and development of medical devices, diagnostics and research tools. The bio-science industry enjoys Frederick’s low tax structure, no business personal property tax, fast track permitting assistance and lower development costs.
Strategic Location and Access
Frederick's location within the Mid-Atlantic region enables access to 2/3 of the U.S. population within a day's drive. Frederick's proximity to both Washington D.C. and Baltimore, MD (1 hour) offers direct access to federal agencies, and world-renowned research institutions such as John Hopkins University. Businesses enjoy easy access to a comprehensive transportation network including highway, 3 international airports (BWI, Reagan National, and Dulles International), rail and port resources.
Skilled Workforce and Educational System
Frederick is home to an educated and skilled workforce. Frederick County Public Schools receive national recognition, with innovative programs such as Biomedical Sciences, Pre-Engineering Academy, and the International Baccalaureate Academy embedded in high schools. Frederick is also home to several higher education institutions offering Associate, Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Bio-processing, Biomedical Science, Environmental Biology, Chemistry & Biology, and Pre-Med Studies.
From Incubation to Acceleration
The Frederick Innovative Technology Center Inc. (FITCI) named one of the largest incubators and accelerators by the Baltimore Business Journal in 2017, offers biotech and life science entrepreneurs over 20,000 SF of space with 35 offices, 16 wet labs and state-of-the-art services geared towards accelerating biotech entrepreneurs.
When it comes to attracting and retaining top talent, bio-science companies benefit immensely from the desirable local quality of life. Downtown Frederick boasts a uniquely vibrant, living & breathing historic district with a thriving arts & entertainment scene and a wide-range of award-winning, independent restaurants. In recent years, prompted by the success of Flying Dog Brewery, the local craft beverage community has gained national recognition. The urban center boasts close proximity to nationally-known outdoor destinations and recreation sites - including the Appalachian Trail, C&O Canal, and the Potomac River. This unique combination of amenities has earned Frederick County numerous national accolades, which, in turn, continues to fuel the many growth opportunities for businesses.