Infrastructure Accelerates Innovation

Overview

For more than a decade, the advancement of the Massachusetts life sciences ecosystem has been aided by the program activities of the MLSC. These programs have translated into significant strategic investments which have enabled anchor institutions across the Commonwealth to advance new scientific capacities to keep Massachusetts at the cutting-edge of life sciences advances and capabilities.

These advancements continue with transformational potential with new and returning MLSC capital programs aimed at workforce development and training, research and development, in addition to, commercialization and manufacturing. Applicants, which may include academic organizations, research institutions, research hospitals, business incubators and other non-profit organizations and whose projects represent positive economic contributions for the state’s life sciences ecosystem, are encouraged to learn more.

Bits To Bytes: Created to encourage the use of high throughput systems-based approaches that generate large datasets to answer important scientific questions and make more accurate decisions to inform scientific progress.
Applications Live: November 8, 2018
Applications Due: 12:00 p.m., February 15, 2019

Building Breakthroughs: Created to encourage innovation in all aspects of biomanufacturing- from upstream processing through analytical testing and product stability.
Applications Live: October 15, 2018
Applications Due: 12:00 p.m., January 15, 2019

Competitive Capital Program: Capital projects that support the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts by enabling and supporting life sciences workforce development and training, research and development, commercialization and/or manufacturing in the Commonwealth.
Applications Live: October 1, 2018
Applications Due: 12:00 p.m., December 5, 2018

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Bits To Bytes

The Bits to Bytes Capital Call is designed to provide grants for capital projects in Massachusetts by enabling and supporting the generation and analysis of large datasets to answer pressing life science questions, and to attract and train data scientists in the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts recognizes that the role of data sciences in life sciences innovation has evolved rapidly and, if harnessed, has the potential to catalyze innovation at unprecedented rates.  The digital transformation is taking place across the globe in various industries such as healthcare, finance, retail, insurance, etc. Investment in generating datasets and training data scientists for life science research is required to sustain Massachusetts global leadership position in life science innovation. The goal of this call is to support to encourage the development of ‘digital infrastructure’ that can answer pressing life science questions, and to attract and train data scientists.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must secure an industry partner.

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Building Breakthroughs

The Building Breakthroughs Capital Call is designed to provide grants for capital projects in Massachusetts by enabling and supporting biomanufacturing innovation, including improvements to upstream/downstream processing, production of cell and gene therapies, monoclonal antibodies, and small molecules, quality and safety, and storage/stability in the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts recognizes that as new innovative therapeutic modalities are being developed, including cell and gene therapies, a biomanufacturing bottleneck exists keeping therapies from patients. Further, currently marketed products can benefit from biomanufacturing innovation to reduce costs and avoid drug shortages. As the life science innovation capital of the world, home to hundreds of companies pioneering innovative therapies and treatments, Massachusetts is well poised to lead in developing these critical biomanufacturing innovations.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must secure an industry partner.

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Competitive Capital Program

The Competitive Capital Program is designed to provide grants for capital projects that support the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts by enabling and supporting life sciences workforce development and training, research and development, commercialization and/or manufacturing in the Commonwealth. Applicants are academic organizations, research institutions, research hospitals, business incubators and other non-profit organizations. MLSC recognizes that investment in capital projects and infrastructure is required to create and sustain the attributes that make Massachusetts attractive to innovation clusters such as life sciences. This program is designed to help fund high potential economic development projects that promise to make a significant contribution to the state’s life sciences ecosystem.

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Capital Program Breakdown

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