June 26, 2015

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Announces New Round of Cooperative Research Matching Grants

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), the quasi-public agency tasked with implementing the state’s 10-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative, has announced the winners of the fourth round of its Cooperative Research Matching Grant Program.

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 treatments.  Under the program, applicants may receive up to $500,000 over two years. The grants support research that could lead to life-saving therapies and commercialized products, and seek to further the goal of sustaining and growing the state’s vital life sciences ecosystem.

In this round, 28 applications were received. Following an initial round of peer review, 23 of those applications advanced to review by the MLSC’s Scientific Advisory Board, which recommended the six finalists who were selected to receive funding totaling $1,990,380.

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June 24, 2015

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Announces Three New Universal Partnership (UP) Program Grants

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced three new grants through the agency’s Universal Partnerships (UP) Program.  The grants were awarded to Barrett Technology for a collaboration with Sensegraphics in Sweden, CamMed for a collaboration with Dongguan Xindingyuan Jidian Equipment Company in China and Felicitex Therapeutics for a collaboration with Selvita S.A. in Poland.

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June 18, 2015

Tyrogenex and Xcovery Open New Office in Needham

Needham, MA and Philadelphia – Tyrogenex, a leader in the development of novel kinase inhibitors to target angiogenesis, and Xcovery, a developer of next-generation targeted therapeutics for cancer, today announced the opening of a new office in Needham, Mass., in partnership with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) during the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s BIO International convention.

Michael D. Webb, president and CEO for both Tyrogenex and Xcovery, and several management and business development functions will be based in the Needham office. Tyrogenex and Xcovery also have offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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Director of Economic Development and Global Affairs at MassBio Elizabeth Steele (far left) and Vice President for Communications and Marketing at the MLSC Angus McQuilken (far right) join Acting Vice President for Business and Corporate Development for Xcovery Fred Meyer (second from left) and President and CEO of Tyrogenex and Xcovery Michael D. Webb (second from right) to announce the opening of a new office for both companies in Needham, Mass. The announcement was made today at the 2015 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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June 17, 2015

SIRION Biotech Plans Opening of a New Office in the Boston Area

Boston, MA and Munich, GermanySIRION Biotech, a leading viral vector platform company known for creating high quality viral vector solutions for industry and academic partners, today announced its commitment to open a new office in the vicinity of Boston. The announcement was made during the 2015 BIO International Convention taking place this week in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

SIRION is working with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) to locate lab and office space for the Company, which will prove to be a pivotal step in SIRION’s U.S. expansion. SIRION’s office in the Boston area will allow direct access to Massachusetts’ vibrant life science community, which includes an increasing number of biotechnology companies and academic researchers working to develop gene therapies and vaccines for a range of diseases.

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(From left) Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin), Senator Michael Rodriques (D-Westport), MLSC Vice President for Industry Relations and Programs Pamela Norton, and President & CEO of MassBio Robert K. Coughlin (far right) join Chief Operating Officer Dieter Lingelbach (fourth from left) and other members of the SIRION Biotech team to announce the German company’s decision to open an office in Massachusetts. The announcement was made at the 2015 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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June 16, 2015

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals and University of Massachusetts Medical Center Announce New Web Portal to Promote Collaboration Between Industry and the World’s Leading Research Hospitals

Philadelphia, PA - The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) joined the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals (COBTH) and the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center at the 2015 BIO International Convention today to announce the launch of the Massachusetts Clinical Innovation Gateway. The new web portal will allow life sciences companies from around the world to seek opportunities to partner with Massachusetts academic medical centers (AMCs) on research and clinical initiatives.

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(Front row, left to right) MLSC Vice President for Industry Relations and Programs Pamela Norton, Executive Director of the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals (COBTH) John Erwin, Chief of Economic Development for the City of Boston John Barros, President & CEO of MassBio Robert K. Coughlin, (second row, left to right) Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin) and Senator Michael Rodriques (D-Westport) announce the launch of the Massachusetts Clinical Innovation Gateway, a new web portal that will allow life sciences companies from around the world to seek opportunities to partner with Massachusetts Academic Medical Centers on research and clinical initiatives. The announcement was made at the 2015 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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June 8, 2015

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Announce Official Opening of Dana-Farber’s Molecular Cancer Imaging Facility

Boston, MA – The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) today celebrated the official opening of Dana-Farber’s Molecular Cancer Imaging Facility in Boston’s Innovation District.

The laboratory focuses on making chemical tracers that “light up” cancer cells and molecular pathways, a technology for research on improving cancer diagnosis and developing precision drugs matched to individual patients.

Interim Executive Director and Medical Director of the Boston Public Health Commission Dr. Huy Nguyen, MLSC Vice President for Communications and Marketing Angus McQuilken, Chief Scientific Officer at Dana-Farber Barrett Rollins, MD, Dana-Farber President and CEO Edward J. Benz Jr., MD. participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of Dana-Farber’s Molecular Cancer Imaging Facility in Boston’s Innovation District.

Interim Executive Director and Medical Director of the Boston Public Health Commission Dr. Huy Nguyen, MLSC Vice President for Communications and Marketing Angus McQuilken, Chief Scientific Officer at Dana-Farber Barrett Rollins, MD, Dana-Farber President and CEO Edward J. Benz Jr., MD. participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of Dana-Farber’s Molecular Cancer Imaging Facility in Boston’s Innovation District.

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June 2, 2015

MCC Global Laboratories, Inc. sets up shop in Massachusetts

MCC Global Laboratories Moves from France to Massachusetts

Beverly, MA – MCC Global Laboratories Inc., developers of Elephant™, an innovative terminal cleaning solution for the healthcare market, announced the opening of their new offices in Beverly, MA. MCC now has office space in the North Shore InnoVentures incubator at the Cummings Center after relocating operations from France.

“Massachusetts’ thriving life sciences community has become a magnet for companies that want to be where the action is,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We welcome MCC Global, and look forward to partnering with them to create jobs, and further economic growth and development.”

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May 29, 2015

Whale Imaging expands U.S. headquarters in Waltham

Waltham, MA – WHALE IMAGING Inc., a leading manufacturer of surgical imaging systems, today announced the official opening of its new  9,000 square foot facility in Waltham, Massachusetts. The ceremony was held in collaboration with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC).

“Massachusetts’ thriving life sciences community has become a magnet for investment by international companies that want to be where the action is,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We welcome Whale Imaging’s expansion in Massachusetts, and look forward to partnering with them to create jobs, and further economic growth and development.

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(From left to right) Executive Director for Waltham Chamber of Commerce John Peacock, Senior Vice President of Whale Imaging Laurence Heron, Counselor for Science & Technology, Consulate General of P R China in New York Mr. Dongbai Ye, Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), CEO of Whale Imaging Sean Zhu, and MLSC Vice President for Communications and Marketing Angus McQuilken participate in a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the official opening of Whale Imaging’s new facility in Waltham.

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May 27, 2015

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announces new round of Accelerator Program loans

Waltham, MA – The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), a quasi-public agency charged with implementing the state’s 10-year, $1-billion Life Sciences Initiative, announced today the awarding of $3 million in Accelerator Program loans to three early-stage life sciences companies.

Launched in 2009, the Accelerator program offers loans of up to $1 million per company and seeks to “de-risk” start-up companies that are in need of financing to serve as flexible working capital or for the purchase of capital assets. The program provides support to companies at a critical stage of their development cycle, enabling them to conduct vital research and proof of concept studies, and attract subsequent investment while improving the odds of bringing cutting-edge innovation to the marketplace.

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May 26, 2015

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Board approves first round of Milestone Achievement Program (MAP) grants

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced the awarding of over $2 million in Milestone Achievement Program (MAP) grants to twelve early-stage life sciences companies.  This is the first round of grants awarded under the newly established MAP program.

The Milestone Achievement Program (MAP) was launched in late 2014 with several goals including filling a gap in the funding environment and empowering early-stage life sciences companies to attract additional outside funding.  The program awards grants between $50,000 and $200,000 to Massachusetts companies in order to perform and complete essential value-creating milestones.

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May 26, 2015

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Joins Boston Children’s Hospital for Opening of Newly Renovated Karp Aquatics Facility

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and Boston Children’s Hospital joined members of the healthcare community for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the official opening of the newly renovated Karp Aquatics Facility at Boston Children’s.

The renovation of the Karp Aquatics Facility has dramatically improved the ability of Boston Children’s scientists to leverage their zebrafish model system to better understand stem cell biology and various forms of cancer.  The renovations included: 1) replacement of the original aquaculture systems (installed in 2003) with state of the art, custom designed systems; 2) addition of a customized, automated breeding system that incorporates BCH-patented technology to produce embryos for drug screening; 3) addition of three robotic feeders to deliver diet to the fish; 4) rearranged/improved wet workspace for fish research; 5) installation of a new, dedicated aquatic tank washer; and 6) upgraded feed production infrastructure. 

Beth Nicklas, General Counsel and Vice President for Academic and Workforce Programs, Dr. Leonard I. Zon, Director of the Stem Cell Program at Boston Children’s, Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, President and CEO of the MLSC and Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO of Boston Children’s participate in a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the official opening of the newly renovated Karp Aquatics Facility.

Beth Nicklas, General Counsel and Vice President for Academic and Workforce Programs, Dr. Leonard I. Zon, Director of the Stem Cell Program at Boston Children’s, Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, President and CEO of the MLSC and Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO of Boston Children’s participate in a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the official opening of the newly renovated Karp Aquatics Facility.

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May 6, 2015

Eli Lilly and Company Reveals Plan for Innovation Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Eli Lilly and Company announced plans to establish a new drug delivery and device innovation center in Cambridge, Massachusetts – a strategic location that will help attract top scientists and bioengineers, as well as enhance Lilly’s local business development presence.

Governor Charlie Baker, The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and MassBio commended Eli Lilly for their decision to expand into Massachusetts by opening the new 17,000 square foot facility which will house 30 new employees, in Kendall Square, Cambridge.

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May 4, 2015

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Announces Equipment and Supply Grants for Public Middle Schools and High Schools in Southeastern Mass

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) joined local school leaders and elected officials at Brockton High School to announce nearly $800,000 in funding to improve science courses, and provide new equipment and supplies for students in public schools in southeastern Massachusetts.

 

The Massachusetts Life Science Center, local elected officials and schools leaders gathered at Brockton High School this morning to announce equipment and supply funding for several public high schools and middle schools in southeastern Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Life Science Center, local elected officials and schools leaders gathered at Brockton High School this morning to announce equipment and supply funding for several public high schools and middle schools in southeastern Massachusetts.

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April 29, 2015

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Announces Two New Universal Partnership (UP) Program Grants

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced two grants through the agency’s Universal Partnerships (UP) Program.  The grants were awarded to PNPResearch Corporation for a collaboration with BBI Solutions in Cadiff, United Kingdom and to Riparian Pharmaceuticals for a collaboration with Hybrigenics Services in Paris, France.

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April 28, 2015

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and CASIS Launch Space Station STEM Challenge.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) announced the launch of a new grant competition to allow middle schools to compete for resources to send a life sciences research experiment to the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory.  The competition is modeled on the CASIS National Design Challenge, a research competition that facilitates authentic student research and experiment design with selected experiments being sent to the ISS. The winners of both competitions will be announced at the annual ISS Research and Development Conference in Boston on July 7, 2015 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

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