November 21, 2014

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Launches Fourth Round of Cooperative Matching Research Grant Program

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) has launched a fourth round of its Cooperative Research Matching Grant Program. The MLSC will begin accepting online applications for the program November 21st to February 13, 2015 by 12:00 p.m. EST at www.masslifesciences.com.  The MLSC’s Cooperative Research Matching Grants seek to increase industry-sponsored research at academic institutions in Massachusetts in order to accelerate scientific discoveries that lead to commercially-viable products and therapies.

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November 14, 2014

Vocational Education Administrators Recognize Massachusetts Life Science Center President & CEO Susan Windham-Bannister for her contributions to workforce development

Marlborough, MA – The Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) has recognized Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., the founding President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), for her strong contributions to workforce development, and to diversifying the state’s life sciences workforce.

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President Thomas Hickey presents the Recognition Award to departing MLSC President and CEO Susan Windham-Bannister at the MAVA Fall General Meeting.

*Photo courtesy of MAVA

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November 14, 2014

Baystate Health’s TechSpring to Ignite Healthcare Innovation, Economic Development

Representatives from companies that are developing new products to improve healthcare joined leaders from Baystate Health, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and elected officials today to celebrate the opening of TechSpring, Baystate Health’s technology innovation center based in Springfield’s emerging Innovation District.

TechSpring owes its existence in large part to a $5.5 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, an investment agency charged with implementing Governor Patrick’s ten year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative that supports life sciences innovation, research, development and commercialization.

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November 13, 2014

Governor Patrick, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, and CASIS Announce Grant Competition to Support Research on the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory

(November 13, 2014, Boston, MA) Governor Deval Patrick, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today announced the “Galactic Grant Competition,” a new collaboration that will provide Massachusetts-based companies a unique opportunity to access the International Space Station (ISS) to conduct life sciences research. The grant competition, funded by MLSC, will be open for applications from December 1, 2014 through April 3, 2015 and will encourage companies to take advantage of the distinct attributes of the ISS research platform for life sciences initiatives. The microgravity environment on the ISS has profound and unique effects on biological phenomena and can enable discoveries with terrestrial applications, including drug discovery, development, delivery, and diagnostics.

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Deval Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts announces the “Galactic Grant Competition”

 

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November 7, 2014

New Massachusetts Life Sciences Center grant program to fund milestone achievement by early-stage companies

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced the launch of a new grant program at MassMEDIC’s MedTech Showcase on November 7th 2014. The Life Sciences Milestone Achievement Program (MAP) will award early-stage life sciences companies in Massachusetts with funding necessary to perform and complete essential value-creating milestones. The program application will be available on the MLSC’s website at www.masslifesciences.com starting on December 8, 2014 and applications will be due by 12:00 p.m. EST on February 2, 2015.

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October 29, 2014

MSMR Names Its 2014 Biomedical Research Leaders

Against the backdrop of Massachusetts Biomedical Research Day (October 21), the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research recognized its 2014 Biomedical Research Leaders.

Hon. Deval L. Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts; Mr. Robert K. Coughlin; chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBIO); Ms. Lisa M. Garrett, teacher at the Norfolk County Agricultural High School; Dr. Michael J. Piatelli, adjunct professor at Merrimack College; Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and Dr. Robert A. Weinberg, founding member of the Whitehead Institute and professor at MIT, were recognized by MSMR for the depth of their contributions to biomedical research and education in the state and the entire region.

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October 21, 2014

Voyager Therapeutics Commemorates Opening of New Headquarters

Cambridge, Mass., October 21, 2014 – Voyager Therapeutics, a gene therapy company developing life-changing treatments for fatal and debilitating diseases of the central nervous system (CNS), will today celebrate the opening of its new headquarters with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. Voyager’s new headquarters, located at 75 Sidney Street in Cambridge, features state-of-the-art research and process development laboratories.

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(left to right) Steven Paul, M.D., President & CEO of Voyager Therapeutics; Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC); Mark Levin, Partner at Third Rock Ventures and Chairman of Voyager Therapeutics; Terry Flotte, M.D., Dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical School; Michael Collins, M.D., Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School; and Guangping Gao, Ph.D. Professor, Microbiology and Physiology Systems &Penelope Booth Rockwell Chair in Biomedical Research & Director, Gene Therapy Center and Vector Core Scientific Director, UMMS-China Program celebrate the opening of Voyager Therapeutics new headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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October 20, 2014

Billerica Memorial High School Science Labs Grand Opening

On October 16, 2014, Billerica Memorial High School held a “grand opening” for two new project-based learning spaces that are now a reality for students at BMHS: a new biotechnology lab, and a new engineering/robotics lab.  The event also celebrated and recognized all those involved in helping make both of these spaces possible.

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October 20, 2014

Grove Instruments Inc. Achieves Landmark Clinical Milestone

WORCESTER, MA – Grove Instruments Inc., a medical device company based in Worcester, MA, that received a $750,000 Accelerator Loan in 2011 from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, has achieved a landmark clinical milestone in the development of their blood glucose monitoring products.

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October 20, 2014

Nihon Kohden Opens First U.S. Facility in Cambridge

Cambridge, MA — October 9, 2014 —Japan-based Nihon Kohden has announced the opening of the company’s first U.S. facility in Cambridge, MA. The facility is approximately 1,600 square feet and the Company plans to hire 5 people in the first year. Nihon Kohden is a global company with a total of 4,500 employees worldwide. Nihon Kohden Innovation Center will be the company’s first overseas research center which focuses on basic clinical research. The aim of this center is to research and develop innovative healthcare concepts with universities, institutions and hospitals throughout the United States and work together on translational research projects that will improve global medical care.

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(left to right) Fumito Ichinose, Ph.D., M.D., Professor of Anaesthesia of the Massachusetts General Hospital; George C. Verghese, Ph.D., Henry Ellis Warren Professor of Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of MIT; Mr. Kazuo Ogino, Chairman of Nihon Kohden Group; Pamela Norton, Vice President of Industry Relations & Programs of the MLSC; Brittany McDonough, Manager of Business Development of MOITI; and Dennis A. Benzan, Vice Mayor of Cambridge celebrate the opening of Nihon Kohden’s first U.S. facility in Cambridge, MA.

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October 15, 2014

Forsyth Institute Hosts Grand Opening Ceremony for Its New Salivary Diagnostics Center

Cambridge, MA — October 15, 2014 — Today the Forsyth Institute officially opened their new Salivary Diagnostics Center in Cambridge, MA. The new facility will focus its efforts on revolutionizing medical diagnostics and replacing blood-based tests with tests that use saliva. The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) awarded Forsyth a $4.2 million grant in 2013 to help develop this Center.

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Dr. Phil Stashenko, President & CEO of the Forsyth Institute; and Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, celebrate the grand opening of the Forsyth Institute’s new Salivary Diagnostics Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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October 9, 2014

ORYZON Opens U.S. Operation

ORYZON Genomics, announced today that the Company is opening a U.S. operation which will be located at 245 First Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After incorporation of its U.S. affiliate, Oryzon Corp, in July 2014, the U.S. arm of Oryzon Genomics is now fully launching its operations in Massachusetts. Oryzon plans to have 15-20% of its total headcount in its U.S. office in the next quarter.

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(left to right) Dennis Benzan, Vice Mayor of Cambridge; Angus McQuilken, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center VP for Marketing & Communications; State Representative Jay Livingstone; Lisa Hemmerle, Economic Development Director for the City of Cambridge; Carlos Buesa, President & CEO of Oryzon; Peter Abair, MassBio Director of Economic Development & Global Affairs; and Dr. Russell Greig, Member of Oryzon’s Board of Directors celebrate the opening of the company’s first U.S. office in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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October 7, 2014

inviCRO to Host Translational Imaging Symposium in Boston, MA

inviCRO, a leading provider of imaging service solutions and analysis software for drug discovery and development, will host its second Translational Imaging Symposium on Thursday October 9th at District Hall in Boston’s Innovation District.

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October 2, 2014

UMass Amherst Hires Peter H. Reinhart as New Founding Director of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst has hired veteran biopharmaceutical executive and researcher Peter H. Reinhart to be the founding director of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS). The institute was created in 2013 with $150 million in capital funding from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and additional contributions from the university to accelerate life science research and advance collaboration with industry.

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September 29, 2014

Baxter to Form New Global Innovation and R&D Center Near Boston for its Biopharmaceuticals Business

DEERFIELD, Ill., September 29, 2014 – Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX) today announced plans to form a new global innovation and research and development (R&D) center in Cambridge, Mass., for Baxter’s biopharmaceuticals business, which is expected to become a separate, independent global company known as Baxalta Incorporated in mid-2015.

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