Bioscience is one of the fastest growing sectors in our economy.


Economic Impact of Regional Biosciences Sector

The Greater Fargo-Moorhead region’s Bioscience industry may seem like an unlikely success story, far away from the venture capital and concentration of pharmaceutical and biotech powerhouses on the coasts. However, a unique blend of entrepreneurship, technical expertise and plenty of hard work has culminated in business, education and innovation that attracts bioscience and medical device innovators across the nation.

With wide expanses of land, abundant talent, low taxes, and accessibility to state and local lawmakers, companies can thrive.

The Fargo region has enticed many businesses to start in or move to the Red River Valley, including globally recognized companies: Aldevron, Agathos Biologics and CorVent Medical.

Subsectors Include

Formed in 2010, the Bioscience Association of North Dakota (BioND) supports the development of bio companies through startup and expansion of bio-based ventures in life sciences, bio-ag, bio-materials, bio-fuels and related entities.

BioND participates in state and national forums and supports efforts to commercialize, grow and sustain globally competitive bioscience companies leading to job creation in North Dakota. 

CLIMB Program

CLIMB is a need-based program made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide scholarships and career preparation for incoming students interested in biotechnology.

The objectives of CLIMB are to:

  • Recruit talented students with financial need and an interest in biotechnology.
  • Support these students both academically and socially to foster their development.
  • Mentor these students by connecting them to a network of experienced professionals.
  • Prepare these students for successful careers in biotechnology by collaborating with local industry partners.

The BME program combines North Dakota’s big research universities –North Dakota State University (NDSU) and University of North Dakota (UND).

The program’s objective is to establish jointly sponsored, interdisciplinary graduate programs to:

  • Meet the needs of regional students interested in biomedical engineering.
  • Attract women and under-represented minorities into a developing field.
  • Educate and train students through courses and research focused on biomedical research and device development.
  • Through biomedical research and device development, develop intellectual property to generate company spin-offs, attract new companies, and subsequent economic development.

Industry Impact

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Talent Data of Key Occupations

Talent data of key occupations (biomedical engineers, electrical engineers, biological scientists, chemists, etc.) – from EMSI, university degree completions, etc.

Bioscience Industry profile in Fargo,ND-MN

FM Metro is home to 868 bioscience jobs paying paying an average of $90,846 per job. FM metro growth in bioscience jobs has increased at an impressive 24.6%, far exceeding the national growth of 13.4%.

Bioscience Education Pipeline

Bioscience Earnings

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Started in 1998 on NDSU’s campus and recently acquired for $9.6 billion by Danaher, Aldevron provides high-quality plasmid DNA, proteins, enzymes, antibodies, and other biologicals to support its clients’ objectives.

Education, Incentives and Information

There’s plenty talent to support your long-term success. From a  strong K-12 pipeline to diverse classes that graduate plenty of talent. 

The region also offers great incentives and capital resources to support our growing primary-sector businesses. 

Ecosystem Overview

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*Data Source: Lightcast

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Ryan Aasheim

Chief Business Development Officer