From left to right: Elizabeth Steele, Director of Events at MassBio, Massachusetts State Representative Nick Collins, Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Janna Murgia, MBA, Chief Operating Office at inviCRO, Jack Hoppin, PhD, Managing Partner at inviCRO join together to celebrate the opening of inviCRO’s newest lab space located in South Boston.
MLSC’s CEO & President Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD, joins Boston’s Museum of Science staff to celebrate the grand-opening of the Hall of Human Life.
From left to right: Massachusetts State Representative Nick Collins, Edward J. Benz Jr., MD, President and CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the MLSC on October 23, 2013, celebrated the start of construction on a laboratory for 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. The Molecular Cancer Imaging Facility (MCIF) will house a cyclotron for making short-lived molecular imaging probes that are tracked by PET scanners. The process is key to evaluating experimental drugs and showing whether they hit vulnerable targets within cancer cells.
Construction of the facility at Dana-Farber’s Harbor Campus in South Boston’s Innovation District is supported in part by a $10 million grant from the MLSC, a state-funded investment agency that supports life sciences innovation, research, development and commercialization.
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Vice President for Marketing & Communications, Angus McQuilken, joins PerkinElmer Chairman & CEO, Rob Friel, and additional members of the PerkinElmer leadership team for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the company’s new Center for Innovation in Hopkinton, Mass.
PerkinElmer, Inc., a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment, today announced the opening of a new Center for Innovation in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The facility features a state-of-the-art laboratory space where PerkinElmer engineers, scientists and customers can interact and share insights to benefit the life sciences market. The MLSC has awarded nearly $2.7 million in tax incentives to PerkinElmer to support the company’s growth in Massachusetts.
From Left to Right: State Representative Tim Toomey, (D-Cambridge); Noubar Afeyan, Co-founder and Chairman, Moderna; Managing Partner & CEO, Flagship Ventures; Stephane Bancel, President and Founding CEO, Moderna; Angus McQuilken, Vice President for Communications & Marketing, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
Moderna Therapeutics has expanded to new headquarters and laboratories in Kendall Square. Moderna is a past Massachusetts Life Sciences Center tax incentive awardee.
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center President & CEO Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister kicks off Bentley University’s Innovator’s Business series, which will present the perspective of successful innovators in translating scientific advances into public value. This series will highlight the need for integrating technological and business innovation in fields of biotechnology, high-tech and alternative energy.
Firefly BioWorks announced on October 16, 2013, a new strategic partnership with EMD Millipore. Firefly is a Massachusetts Life Sciences Center portfolio company, as a 2012 Small Business Matching Grant recipient.
Grove Instruments, a Worcester-based medical device company, announced on October 15, 2013, that it has closed its Series B-2 round of financing. Grove Instruments is a Massachusetts Life Sciences Center portfolio company, as a 2011 Accelerator Loan recipient.
Sample6, a past Life Sciences Accelerator Loan recipient, announced on October 9, 2013, that the company has secured $11 million in Series B financing to support the commercialization of its food safety products.
The MLSC announced on September 20, 2013, that it has awarded nearly $200,000 in grants to five non-profit organizations to support student education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. The grants the Boston Children’s Museum, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, MassCAN, Science Club for Girls and Youth CITIES will further the development of Massachusetts’ future life sciences workforce, and will build upon the Patrick Administration’s strategy for enhancing STEM educational opportunities across Massachusetts.
Governor Deval Patrick joins Sanofi leadership and academic and industry leaders to celebrate the grand opening of Sanofi’s new R&D facility in Cambridge, Mass.
Governor Deval Patrick and the MLSC on September 19, 2013, joined Sanofi and Genzyme leadership, industry stakeholders and state and local officials to celebrate the grand opening of new 112,000-square-foot Global Research and Development facility for Sanofi in Cambridge. During today’s event, Sanofi also announced a new partnership and $1-million gift to support student success at the University of Massachusetts-Boston’s College of Science and Mathematics (CSM). This gift builds on the Patrick Administration’s efforts to promote public-private partnerships to create workforce training programs that will prepare the Commonwealth’s students for success in high-demand fields.
The MLSC announced on September 18, 2013, the approval of a $55,000 capital planning grant to support a research project at the Myles Standish Industrial Park in Taunton. The research project will support the creation of a proposed Life Sciences Education and Training Center, a 16,000-square-foot facility to be located at the new Myles Standish Business Park being jointly developed by the Taunton Economic Development Corporation and MassDevelopment at the former Paul A. Dever School campus.
The State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) on September 16, 2013, announced that the MSLC received its national “Excellence in Technology-Based Economic Development” (TBED) award for accomplishments in the category, “Improving Competitiveness of Existing Industries.” The MLSC won the award based on a national competition to identify initiatives that represent best practices in innovation-driven economic development. The MLSC’s President & CEO, Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., accepted the award on behalf of the MLSC and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at SSTI’s annual meeting in Portland, Ore.
Former awardees and public higher education colleges and universities that have already received MLSC or state capital dollars are now eligible to apply to this round’s Capital Program. Phase I application deadline is still October 2, 2013.
The MLSC is modifying its Solicitation to enable former awardees of MLSC or other state capital funds to apply to this round’s Capital Program regardless of whether they (1) were designated for capital funding within the MLSC’s authorizing statute; (2) have received $1 million or more in prior MLSC rounds; or (3) have already received state capital dollars for life sciences projects. Projects will continue to be assessed based on their merits and contribution to the state’s life sciences ecosystem. In the event that two projects are comparable, preference would be given to applicants that have not received MLSC capital funding.
The MLSC announced on September 5, 2013, that it has awarded a grant of $10,000 to Freedom House, Inc., based in Grove Hall, Mass. Freedom House is an organization dedicated to advancing education, technology and leadership skills for inner-city youth. The funds will be used to enhance the current activities of Freedom House’s Global Classroom operations — specifically, in offering high school students onsite math tutorials and technology training in basic computer applications. The MLSC’s grant builds upon the Patrick Administration’s strategy and the MLSC’s efforts to further strengthen and enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educational opportunities across Massachusetts, while ensuring access for students from diverse backgrounds.