Dr. Bill Church founded GMAb following 11 years at the University of Vermont in the Department of Biochemistry as a research faculty member. He licensed a unique monoclonal antibody to the coagulation protein factor IX to SmithKline Beecham (later GSK) in 1995 and used this opportunity to start Green Mountain Antibodies. On April 1, 1996 the Company opened in 600 sq. ft of space in the Chace Mill — an old woolen mill from the 1900s on the banks of the Winooski River.
The GMAb team approaches antibody production using a broad range of backgrounds and expertise in chemistry, biochemistry, protein science, molecular biology, immunology, medical sciences, cell biology, and genetics. Team members take pride in being part of a company that serves its customers, employees, community, and the greater world. With over twenty years in business, hundreds of satisfied customers and a commitment to delivering real value; our Vermont principles of work hard, be smart, and help one another, sets the stage for another period of growth and greater success.
The vast majority of companies in the biotechnology industry are located in large cities. For some, living in the city is not preferable. Many people are looking for a smaller community to put down roots, have a shorter commute and simpler life. When looking for a location that offers an interesting career in the biotechnology industry, without compromising lifestyle priorities; Burlington, VT ranks at the top of these locations. Professionally, Burlington offers a robust and evolving technical market full of entrepreneurs and start-ups looking to create innovation. Vermont is home to great universities with programs in science, engineering, entrepreneurship, media, finance and medicine. The quality of life has consistently led to Burlington being ranked as on the of the “Best Places to Live” in a variety of national surveys.
The Chace Mill – Our Home
A three-story brick mill built in 1892 by the Burlington Mill Company, the Chace Mill harnessed the power of the Winooski River as it flows over a series of falls. At its peak in the 1920’s, there were four active mills in the area. Currently, the various mills house a vast array of creative businesses, river view apartments, and trendy restaurants that have helped to revitalize this area. With its rock walls, brick construction, wide-plank wood floors, 18-foot ceilings, large windows and proximity to the river and falls, GMAb’s home in the Chace Mill evokes a lost era of New England Manufacturing.