October 17, 2019

240 teachers across five Gateway Cities set to participate in STEM Week 2019 following summer of professional development training

Not-for-profit organization i2 Learning administered professional development workshops in Attleboro, Everett, Peabody, Methuen and Westfield, made possible in part by $50,000 in MLSC funding

Waltham—Through a partnership between the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and not-for-profit organization, i2 Learning, 240 middle school teachers in the Gateway Cities of Attleboro, Everett, Peabody, Methuen and Westfield, will facilitate a course during Massachusetts STEM Week 2019. Ahead of STEM Week, taking place October 21-25, these educators completed two days of professional development workshops in hands-on, project-based learning in STEM courses, ranging from Kinetic Sculpture to Urban Farming and Surgical Techniques. The MLSC provided $50,000 in support of the professional development workshops administered by i2 Learning.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with i2 Learning, a not-for-profit dedicated to reimagining how children should be educated in our changing world,” said MLSC President and CEO Travis McCready. “Across our gateway communities, educators are inspiring young people who hold the key to our Commonwealth remaining home to the most robust talent pool in the country.”

Established in 2012, i2 Learning has collaborated with more than 20 of the world’s leading STEM organizations to develop a series of project-based STEM courses in topics not traditionally found in middle school. The organization trained upwards of 300 Boston teachers who worked with almost 6,000 students in 36 middle schools during the inaugural Boston STEM Week in October 2016 and partnered with the STEM Advisory Council to launch the inaugural Massachusetts STEM Week last year. During STEM Week 2018, i2 expanded on their successful training and curriculum for Boston middle schools to schools in the Berkshires, Holyoke, Sutton, Marlborough, Natick and Framingham.

“Together with our partners, i2 Leaning remains committed to ensuring access to our innovative programming for students of all backgrounds and abilities specifically, populations typically underrepresented in STEM-related fields of study and careers,” said i2 Learning Founder Ethan Berman. “We are grateful for MLSC’s financial support and partnership to improve the educational prospects of students who deserve to thrive in the STEM-based economy of the future.”

i2 Learning has been able to provide teacher training, materials, equipment and online support at no cost to partner schools thanks to the generous support from corporate sponsors, local foundations, and the MLSC, which has also previously provided more than $222,000 to support i2 Learning activities at 18 middle schools during its Boston STEM Week efforts.

Massachusetts STEM Week 2019 takes place from October 21 to 25 (inclusive of the weekends before and after), and is organized by the Executive Office of Education and the STEM Advisory Council in partnership with the state’s 9 Regional STEM Networks. It is a statewide effort to boost the interest, awareness and ability for all learners to envision themselves in STEM education and employment opportunities, and complement the formal instruction happening in the Commonwealth beyond STEM week.

The theme for the second annual statewide STEM Week is “See Yourself in STEM.” Women, people of color, first-generation students, low-income individuals, English language learners, and people with disabilities are underrepresented in STEM industries and make up an increasing portion of the overall workforce, but the demographics of STEM fields have remained largely the same. We need more young people to see themselves in STEM.

Last October, the inaugural statewide STEM Week was a huge success with more than 500 events that impacted over 10,000 learners in every corner of the Commonwealth. Schools, non-profit organizations, colleges, museums, and business partners all participated in hosting and organizing STEM Week events for students ranging from preschool to college to adult.

Since 2011, the MLSC has awarded nearly $18 million in STEM equipment and professional development funding to 191 public high schools and middle schools located throughout Massachusetts.  The grants have enabled vocational-technical and economically disadvantaged public schools to purchase necessary lab equipment and supplies, as well as state-of-the-art tools and technology to better train and prepare students for life sciences careers. The program also offered funding to support teacher professional development related to curriculum implementation and equipment training.

The MLSC’s STEM equipment and professional development grants have leveraged more than $1 million in matching funds from industry partners and served schools in 13 of the 14 Massachusetts counties and 24 of the 26 Gateway Cities. Fifty-eight percent of students attending eligible schools have gained access to new equipment through this funding. Twenty-eight percent of all Massachusetts public school students attend a school that has received an MLSC grant.

This past May, the Baker-Polito Administration and the MLSC announced $1.14 million in MLSC STEM equipment and professional development funding. Nearly 12,000 students across 36 public middle schools and high schools in the five school districts of Boston, Brockton, Lawrence, Lowell, and Springfield, will benefit from the education equity initiative.

Historically, the MLSC has provided nearly $550,000 to more than 80 middle schools and high schools to support teacher professional development. This funding ensures that all schools receiving STEM funding have teachers that are trained to use the equipment and have access to relevant curricula that deploys the equipment in labs and activities that support learning goals throughout the academic year.

About the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is an economic development investment agency dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the life sciences in Massachusetts, home to the most verdant and productive life sciences ecosystem in the world.  Through public-private funding initiatives, the MLSC supports innovation, education, research and development, commercialization, and manufacturing activities in the fields of biopharma, medical device, diagnostics and digital health.  Since its creation in 2007, the MLSC has strategically deployed over $700 million in Massachusetts, through a combination of grants, loans, capital infrastructure investments, tax incentives and workforce programs.  These investments have created thousands of jobs and propelled the development of new therapies, devices and scientific advancements that are improving patient health and well-being in Massachusetts and beyond.

October 3, 2019

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $5 Million Grant to LabCentral for New Facility to Support Expansion of Local Bio-Manufacturing and Life Sciences Technical Talent

Grant to fund infrastructure build-out and purchase of lab equipment for LabCentral 238

CAMBRIDGE — Today, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced a $5 million grant to LabCentral to fund a new resource for the life sciences industry and the local bio-economy with LabCentral 238, a fully functional life sciences laboratory with a focus on scale-up bio-manufacturing comprising approximately 100,000 square feet. The announcement was made during a gathering at the current LabCentral space at 700 Main Street in Cambridge during a speaking program that also featured remarks by Assistant Secretary of Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Damon Cox, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center President and CEO Travis McCready, LabCentral Co-founder and President Johannes Fruehauf, Astellas, President and CEO Kenji Yasukawa, and other local and state leaders.

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September 9, 2019

Baker-Polito Administration and Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announce $6.7 million in grant awards to data-driven life sciences capital projects

Nine projects receive funding for cross-sector projects focused on imaging, cancer, neuroscience, and drug discovery/clinical trials

BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced $6.7 million in capital funding to nine data-driven, cross-sector projects focused on imaging, cancer, neuroscience, drug discovery and clinical trial design. Governor Charlie Baker made the announcement during remarks at MassBio’s Digital Health Impact Forum in Boston.

The MLSC is funding approximately $750,000 per project, for a total of $6.7 million. Moreover, non-profit and industry partners on these projects have committed more than $13 million in matching funds. The funding was provided through one of MLSC’s newest capital programs, Bits to Bytes, which is designed to provide grants for capital projects that support the life sciences ecosystem 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.

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September 3, 2019

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Awards Funding to Support Early-Stage Growth Across Major Sectors

MLSC’s Milestone Achievement Program awards more than $1.9 million to 10 companies representing all major life sciences sectors

WALTHAM— Today, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced more than $1.9 million in funding to support 10 early-stage life sciences companies in Massachusetts. The funding is through the MLSC’s Milestone Achievement Program (MAP), which addresses the needs of early-stage life sciences companies by providing grant funding to execute critical, value-creating technical milestones. The 10 awardees are located across six Massachusetts communities with every major life sciences sector represented among the companies.

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August 20, 2019

A Sweet Spot for Growth and Development: Internship Challenge part of FloDesign Sonics success story

Brian Dutra and Brian McCarthy, both Western New England University alumni, interned at FloDesign Sonics at what was very much the startup days for the company, which today aims to apply its acoustic cell processing to industrialize cell therapy manufacturing in order to reduce cost and improve patient accessibility.

“As a company, we didn’t know what we wanted to be when we grew up,” said Brian D., who is now a Senior Engineer at FloDesign Sonics. “It was a unique and exciting time to gain a lot of hands-on experience right from the beginning.”

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August 13, 2019

High Throughput: EpigenDx in Hopkinton Providing Internship Opportunities for 10 years

EpigenDx, located in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, is one of a handful of companies to have provided internship opportunities all 10 years of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s (MLSC) Internship Challenge. For small and medium-sized companies, like EpigenDx, the program has been essential to developing and retaining talent.

“We rely on our interns to fill real, much-needed roles,” said Ann Meyer, who serves as Associate Director of Operations for the company. “We’ve been fortunate enough to offer many of our interns full-time positions, but it has also been a real source of pride to see interns come through, gain experience in our lab, and move on to other roles in similar-sized or larger companies.”

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August 7, 2019

Defining a Student’s Career Trajectory

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is a leader in encouraging its students to take advantage of experiential learning opportunities provided through the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) Internship Challenge. The MLSC’s flagship workforce development program connects employers with students through an online platform and subsidizes intern stipends for small to mid-size life sciences companies. The numbers demonstrate this clearly with more than 330 internship opportunities for WPI students facilitated through the program over the past ten years.

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July 12, 2019

Sustainable Opportunities: KnipBio

KnipBio, Inc., located out of the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) at UMass Lowell, operates in a unique space of the life sciences sector. The company’s aim is to pioneer advanced nutritional solutions for animal feeds from low-cost and sustainable feedstocks using innovative biotechnology. Earlier this year the company received the Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine for its KnipBio Meal aquafeed ingredient for salmonids and other finfish species.

The developments taking place for KnipBio in the aquafeed market are exciting for the company’s Co-Founder and CEO, Larry Feinberg, Ph.D. He also appreciates the resources provided to him by M2D2 and the life sciences ecosystem he sees developing in Lowell.

“I’m pretty bullish on the Lowell story,” said Dr. Feinberg, who is also proud to regard KnipBio as a champion of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Internship Challenge program. “When I talk to my peers in other states, I am always taking about how great Massachusetts is, and the Internship Challenge is one of the prime examples I highlight.”

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July 10, 2019

Internship Challenge providing professional experience opportunities: Quinsigamond Community College

“You can have the greatest educational marks, but companies want and need to see the professional experience.”

Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) Professor of Biology and Coordinator of its Biotechnology Program, Benjamin Benton, does not pull punches when discussing the importance of students, at QCC or any two-year or four-year institution, gaining professional experience while earning their degrees.

“There could be no doubt that you have the hard skills, but companies now want to see experience in the professional setting,” said Professor Benton. “They want to present a student with a job opportunity and      for the student to understand the expectations for that role and the approach and attitude needed in a workplace setting.”

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July 8, 2019

The Internship Challenge Business Model: Enable Life Sciences

Worcester-based life sciences company building team through MLSC Internship Challenge

Enable Life Sciences aims to offer a wide array of technical capabilities within the life sciences space. This includes data driven research for immune profiling and immune cell activation to support the company’s clients engaged in immunotherapies.

For entrepreneur Rachit Ohri Ph.D., when he founded the company, he was looking to oversee a small, but talented and motivated team, matched with a business approach of establishing a fee-for-service model to attract and retain clients. The MLSC Internship Challenge was the perfect opportunity to build up the Enable Life Sciences team.

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June 20, 2019

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Awards for Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Initiative for Women Entrepreneurs

Five women-led, early-stage life sciences companies selected to receive non-dilutive capital and access to executive coaching network


Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, MLSC President and CEO Travis McCready, and MLSC Vice President
for Industry Programs & Relations Jennifer Griffin with this year’s MassNextGen winners.

 

CAMBRIDGE – June 19, 2019 – Today, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced the 2019 winners for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) Massachusetts Next Generation Initiative (MassNextGen), a competitive program to support women entrepreneurs in early-stage life sciences companies. All five companies will receive $87,500 in funding and access to a network of executive coaches for a year. In total, $437,500 will be distributed to awardee companies this year.

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June 3, 2019

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center launches new Seed Fund to catalyze life sciences innovations in underserved regions

New program to provide pre-seed/seed up to-$250K convertible notes to early-stage life sciences companies in Lowell, Worcester, Springfield, Amherst, and Pittsfield

Springfield—Today, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced the launch of its new Seed Fund to catalyze life sciences development and innovations in under-served regions. Through this program, the MLSC and its partners aim to leverage and increase the visibility of regional strengths across the Commonwealth by highlighting opportunities in innovative technologies and individual regional resources. Individual investments will be up to $250,000 in convertible notes with up to $1 million of capital investment available to support life sciences companies in Lowell, Worcester, Springfield, Amherst, and Pittsfield.

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May 2, 2019

Baker-Polito Administration announces new STEM District initiative to support educational equity in life sciences education and training

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center awards 5 grants for STEM equipment and supplies totaling nearly $1.14 million to school districts of Boston, Brockton, Lawrence, Lowell, and Springfield

Lawrence— Today, the Baker-Polito Administration and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced nearly $1.14 million in STEM equipment and professional development funding to be distributed across 36 public middle schools and high schools in the five school districts of Boston, Brockton, Lawrence, Lowell, and Springfield. The announcement was made by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito during an event at Lawrence High School, where she was joined by Lawrence school officials, representatives from all five awardee districts, and other life sciences and educational stakeholders for the announcement event.

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May 2, 2019

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Job Creation Incentives for 27 Massachusetts Life Sciences Companies

Incentives will create 1,200+ life sciences jobs throughout Massachusetts, including 460+ jobs in manufacturing; 76% of total investment supports expansion outside Greater Boston

WALTHAM— Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $20 million in tax incentive awards to 27 life sciences companies. The awards were approved by the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), and will create more than 1,200 new jobs across the Commonwealth. The tax incentive awards will support life sciences job growth in 19 different Massachusetts communities, the majority of which are located in or expanding outside of Boston and Cambridge.

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May 1, 2019

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Awards Funding to Projects to Enable Biomanufacturing Innovation

Life Sciences Center awards $2.82 million to capital projects that support biomanufacturing innovation; Capital call part of robust, collaborative effort to improve efficiency and effectiveness of delivering therapies to patients

WORCESTER— Today, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced $2.82 million in funding through a new capital program focused on supporting the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts by catalyzing biomanufacturing innovation. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy made the announcement during remarks at the 4th Annual Advanced Biomanufacturing Symposium held at WPI.

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