NECN Business interviews Center's VP for Communications & Marketing on May 17, 2013
ICIP info sessions for Massachusetts life sciences companies
Attend an information session to learn more about the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s (MLSC) inaugural round of the International Collaborative Industry Program (ICIP)!
When: Wednesday, June 19th | 8:30 - 11 a.m. Where: MassBio offices, 300 Technology Square, 8th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02139 Sessions are free of charge. Refreshments will be served.
Center joins WPI to dedicate new Gateway Park building
Left to right: Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Worcester), Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, WPI President Dennis Berkey, O'Connell Companies President Dennis A. Fitzpatrick, MLSC President & CEO Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, and the Worcester MayorJoseph M. Petty.
On May 1, 2013, federal, state, and local leaders joined members of the Central Massachusetts business and academic community today to dedicate the newest building at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Gateway Park. Built and owned by the O’Connell Development Group (ODG) of Holyoke, Mass., the $32 million building is home to growing companies, educational programs, and state-of-the-art research laboratories. The fit-out of the BETC and MBI laboratory elements of the new building were funded in large part by a $5.15 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.
NECN Business interviews Center's VP for Communications & Marketing on April 26, 2013
Center launches International Collaborative Industry Program (ICIP)
On April 22, 2013, at the BIO International Convention, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announced the launch of a new International Collaborative Industry Program (ICIP). The creation of ICIP stemmed from international demand to partner with Massachusetts life sciences companies in jointly advancing R&D efforts for new products and processes intended for commercialization.
The MLSC will partner with Victoria, Australia; the Wallonia region of Belgium; Quebec, Canada; and Alsace in France to award funding to support winning projects demonstrating innovative and collaborative research and development (R&D) in Massachusetts and in the partnering regions. The program will enable company partners from biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics and bioinformatics to submit project applications.
Patrick-Murray Administration Commends Bristol-Myers Squibb for Decision to Expand in Massachusetts
The Patrick-Murray Administration on April 11, 2013, commended Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) for its decision to invest approximately $250 million to expand the company’s large-scale biologics manufacturing facility in Devens, Massachusetts. The expansion will introduce biologics development and clinical trial manufacturing capabilities to the company’s Massachusetts operations, while adding approximately 350 employees to the Devens workforce. The company currently has approximately 400 employees working at its Devens facility.
Lieutenant Governor Murray and Center announce more than $9 million in capital grant funding for Greater Boston colleges and research institutions
Dr. Len Zon and Dr. George Daly show Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and Massachusetts Life Sciences Center President & CEO Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister zebrafish lab space at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) on April 8, 2013, announced more than $9.35 million in grants to support life-sciences-related capital projects in the Greater Boston area, including $4 million for Boston Children’s Hospital and $5 million for Harvard Medical School to fund major lab renovation projects. The MLSC has also announced grants to Bunker Hill Community College, Quincy College and Regis College for projects related to life sciences training and education.
Governor Patrick and Center launch construction for LabCentral biotech hub with Senator Mary Landrieu in Kendall Square
Governor Patrick marks LabCentral's groundbreaking at the Cambridge facilities to be renovated.
Governor Deval Patrick, joined by Senator Mary L. Landrieu, chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) – along with representatives from LabCentral’s founding partners, affiliate institutions, sponsors, and friends – celebrated the launch of construction for LabCentral at a groundbreaking ceremony on April 4, 2013. Slated to open in November 2013, this new hub is designed to facilitate the creation of startup biotech companies in the center of innovation located in Kendall Square. In February, the MLSC Board of Directors awarded LabCentral a $5-million capital grant to establish the facility.
Center announces $1.3 million in capital grant funding for projects in Northeastern Massachusetts
From left to right: Beth Nicklas, General Counsel and Vice President for Academic and Workforce Program, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center; April Anamisis, Lab Science Associate Degree Program Student, Northern Essex Community College; State Representative Lenny Mirra; State Representative Linda Dean Campbell; Dr. Lane Glenn, President, Northern Essex Community College; Carole Cowan, President, Middlesex Community College; Dr. Noemi Custodia-Lora, Assistant Dean, Foundational Studies and Liberal Arts & Sciences, Northern Essex Community College; State Representative Frank Moran; Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, President & CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center; and David Legg, Vice President of Quality Assurance, Charm Sciences, Inc.
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) on April 1, 2013, announced $1.3 million in grants for life-sciences-related capital projects in Northeastern Massachusetts. This total includes $1.24 million for Northern Essex Community College (NECC) to renovate its laboratory space to accommodate the rapidly growing enrollment of students in laboratory sciences, and a $50,000 planning grant for Middlesex Community College (MCC) to expand its biotechnology facilities. The MLSC has funded Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education in Northeastern Massachusetts through a variety of grants, including more than $500,000 that the MLSC announced this past December for equipment and supply grants to vocational technical schools and public high schools in Northeastern Massachusetts.
Understanding Boston Report Release - Life Sciences Innovation as a Catalyst for Economic Development: The Role of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
The Boston Foundation on March 26, 2013, released a report showing that the Patrick-Murray Administration’s investments in the life sciences sector are making a measurable impact on job creation and spurring economic growth across the Commonwealth. The report also encourages continued funding of the Life Sciences Initiative, the Administration’s 10-year $1 billion investment package in the Life Sciences industries that has helped make Massachusetts a national leader in this growing sector.
Center announces $4.1 million grant for new center at Forsyth Institute
From left to right: Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung; Jennifer Kelly, Associate Vice President of Marketing and External Affairs at the Forsyth Institute; Dr. Max Goodson, senior member of staff at the Forsyth Institute; Dr. Philip Stashenko, President & CEO of the Forsyth Institute; Moira Cahan, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the Forsyth Institute; Dr. Susan-Windham-Bannister, President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center; State Senator Sal DiDomenico; Congressman Mike Capuano; and State Representative Timothy Toomey.
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) on March 18, 2013, announced a $4.1 million capital grant to the Forsyth Institute for a newly-created Forsyth Center for Salivary Diagnostics (FCSD). The grant will support the construction and equipping of the FCSD, a facility that will seek to revolutionize the way disease testing is performed. In addition, the MLSC announced in December, 2012, more than $400,000 in equipment and supply grants to a vocational technical school and workforce development programs in Cambridge.
NECN Business interviews Center's VP for Communications & Marketing on March 15, 2013
Center announces capital grant for Quinsigamond Community College in central Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) on March 14, 2013, announced a $310,000 capital grant to Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) in Worcester, Mass. The grant will fund lab renovations and equipment and will increase life sciences program offerings at QCC. The MLSC has funded Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education in central Massachusetts through a variety of grants, including more than $700,000 that the MLSC announced this past December for equipment and supply grants to vocational technical schools and public high schools in the region.
Israeli medical device company NLT SPINE opens new U.S. office in Dedham, Mass.
NLT SPINE, an Israeli developer of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) products, and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) on March 12, 2013, announced the opening of the company’s first U.S. subsidiary located in temporary office space in Dedham, Mass. The new office will support the commercialization of its advanced technology platform. NLT SPINE is based in Kfar Saba, Israel.
Pharmatest Services Ltd opens U.S. sales office in Cambridge, Mass.
Finnish company Pharmatest Services Ltd (Pharmatest) announced on March 5, 2013, that it has opened a new U.S. sales office in Cambridge, Mass., near Boston. The new office, located in the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) in Kendall Square, will provide an excellent opportunity for Pharmatest to contact and serve customers in the Massachusetts area. Pharmatest offers clinically predictive preclinical efficacy services for the pharmaceutical industry for testing their drug candidates in the fields of oncology and skeletal diseases.
Gov. Patrick and Center announce major life sciences investment in Western Massachusetts
Governor Deval Patrick is joined by representatives from Western Massachusetts awardee organizations, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and Holyoke Community College students at the Feb. 28th Massachusetts Life Sciences Center capital grant announcement.
Governor Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) on February 28, 2013, announced more than $9 million in grants for life-sciences-related capital projects in Western Massachusetts, including $3.8 million to support the creation of a Center for Life Sciences at Holyoke Community College (HCC), and $4.54 million that will allow the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) in Holyoke to expand its capacity for life sciences-related research and data analysis. Through the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Massachusetts is investing $1 billion over 10 years in the growth of the state’s life sciences supercluster. These investments are being made under Governor Patrick’s Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative.
Center awards tax incentives to 25 companies
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced on February 27th that its Board of Directors has awarded $23.85 million in tax incentives to 25 life sciences companies. The recipient companies have committed to creating more than 1,000 new jobs in the Commonwealth in 2013, nearly 100 more than were committed to during the last round of tax incentives.
Gov. Patrick and Colombian President Santos sign science and innovation MOU
Governor Patrick and President Santos (center) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote collaboration in the innovation economy sectors, with the Director of Colciencias, Carlos Fonseca (left). (Photo credit: Cesar Carrion / Government Information System for the Republic of Colombia)
As part of the Massachusetts-Colombia Innovation Partnership Mission, Governor Deval Patrick and President of the Republic of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos on Feb. 19th signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize collaboration between Massachusetts and Colombia in the areas of science, technology and innovation, including in the life sciences, technology and clean energy industries.
The agreement signed will enhance both scientific and technological development and economic activity in and between the residents of Colombia and Massachusetts by promoting collaboration and partnerships among public and private institutions, universities, research centers, non-governmental organizations and citizens. Included in the MOU is a call for partnerships in health and several life sciences industry sectors, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and tropical disease research.
NECN Business interviews Center's President & CEO on Feb. 15, 2013
Center and MassMEDIC launch medical technology mentoring and employment program for local veterans
Group photo of the 32 participating veterans and their mentors at today’s MassMVP kick-off event. Front row, center are Massachusetts Life Sciences Center President & CEO Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., and MassMEDIC President Tom Sommer to her left.
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC) launched the Massachusetts Medical Technology Veterans Program (MassMVP) today with a one-day, intensive training “boot camp” for veterans at UMass Boston. Thirty-two veterans were introduced to their industry mentors, who will help prepare participating veterans to enter the medical technology workforce. Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray and Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs Michael Rush were among the speakers at today’s event.
Center awards $5 million grant for LabCentral
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) Board of Directors has awarded a $5 million capital grant to support the establishment of LabCentral, comprising state-of-the-art facilities and services for emerging life sciences companies planned for Cambridge’s Kendall Square. LabCentral will use the grant funding to build a life sciences laboratory to facilitate the creation of startup biotech companies close to the centers of innovation located in Kendall Square. Startups will be able to rent small amounts of lab space in lieu of having to invest in their own larger-scale wet labs. LabCentral is projected to create more than 30 construction jobs and more than 500 new science jobs in startup companies operating at the facility over the next 10 years. Funding for the grant comes from the state’s 10-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative, proposed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007 and approved by the Legislature in 2008.
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announces 2013 - 2014 Internship Challenge Program
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) today announced the launch of its 2013 - 2014 Internship Challenge, as the MLSC celebrated the 1,000th intern placed through the program. The year-round workforce development program, now in its fifth year, focuses on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts life sciences companies and will provide paid internship opportunities at life sciences companies for students and recent college graduates who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences.
Leica Biosystems increases presence in North America with opening of U.S. Research and Development laboratory
Leica Biosystems has announced the establishment of its R&D facility in Massachusetts, in operation since August 2012. Citing the state’s global leadership in the life sciences and a growing customer base in the United States, Leica’s presence in Massachusetts will focus on research and development of companion diagnostics. The company’s temporary offices and R&D lab space are in Danvers, Mass., but the Leica Biosystems team has plans to expand by the end of 2013.
Gov. Patrick celebrates grand opening of Albert Sherman Center at UMass Medical School
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center President & CEO Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister and Gov. Deval Patrick are joined by other dignitaries, including Albie Sherman, at the Sherman Center ribbon-cutting event.
Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray on Jan. 30, 2013, joined UMass leadership, educators and state and local officials to celebrate the grand opening of the new Albert Sherman Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Built in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Building Authority and funded in part with a $90 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, investments of this kind are a key component of the Governor’s plan to grow jobs and expand economic opportunity.
Sanofi’s LeGoo® is first global product launch of a technology funded by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Accelerator Loan Program
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) on Jan. 29, 2013 celebrated Sanofi’s commercial launch of LeGoo®, a biopolymer gel that allows surgeons to temporarily stop blood flow during surgery without the use of clamps, elastic loops or other conventional occlusion devices that may risk trauma to blood vessels. Pluromed, a 2009 MLSC Accelerator Loan recipient, developed LeGoo’s proprietary polymer technology, called Rapid Transition Polymers (RTP), and was acquired in 2012 by Sanofi. The announcement represents the first global product launch of a technology developed with funding from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Accelerator Loan Program.
NECN Business interviews Center's VP for Communications and Marketing on Jan. 25, 2013
Center announces next round of Accelerator Loan Program,
2010 Accelerator company Avaxia Biologics Inc. repays loan
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center President & CEO Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer Bradley Rosenblum receive Avaxia Biologics’ Accelerator loan repayment check from CEO Barbara S. Fox. (From left to right: Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President & CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center; Bradley Rosenblum, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center; Barbara S. Fox, CEO, Avaxia Biologics Inc.)
As the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) launched the seventh round of its Accelerator Loan Program on January 4, 2013, the MLSC also announced that Lexington-based Avaxia Biologics Inc., an Accelerator company awarded $375,000 in 2010, has paid back its loan early after successfully raising $6.4 million in its Series B financing round. The company’s repayment totaled $459,362.
NECN Business interviews Dr. Windham-Bannister on Dec. 20, 2012
Lt. Governor Murray and Center announce equipment and supply matching grants for public high schools
Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President & CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, and Lt. Governor Tim Murray observe a biology student checking results from an experiment at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford, where the second round of equipment and supply matching grants from the MLSC was announced on Dec. 20, 2012.
Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced on December 20, 2012, $3.2 million in grants to support the purchase of life sciences training equipment and supplies at vocational technical schools, public high schools in Massachusetts' Gateway Cities, and workforce training programs across the state.
Lieutenant Governor Murray launched the first round of the MLSC Equipment and Supplies for High Schools Grant Program at the 7th Annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Summit held in 2010. Building on the success of the first year of the program, Lieutenant Governor Murray visited the Nashoba Valley Technical High School, one of the recipients in this latest round, to award the vocational technical school with a $96,665 grant to support the expansion of their Engineering Academy to include biotechnical engineering and robotic fabrication. In addition to Nashoba Valley, 30 other schools and programs were also awarded grants today. To see the full list of 2012 grant recipients, please click here.
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