December 17, 2014

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Board Approves New Round of Accelerator Program Loans

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), a quasi-public agency charged with implementing the state’s 10-year, $1-billion Life Sciences Initiative, announced the awarding of $2 million in loans to two early-stage life sciences companies and the launch of the eleventh round of its Accelerator Loan Program. The MLSC will be accepting applications for the next round of the program beginning on December 18, with applications due by noon EST on February 2, 2015

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December 17, 2014

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Announces New Appointee to Board of Directors

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced today that Governor Deval Patrick has appointed Peter Parker, President of BioInnovation, to the MLSC Board of Directors.

Mr. Parker has served as President of BioInnovation, LLC, a Cambridge, MA based provider of start-up capital and services to life sciences companies, since August 2010. In 2012, he became one of three co-founders of LabCentral, Inc, a new non-profit for companies who need shared laboratory space in Kendall Square.  Mr. Parker also currently serves as a senior advisor to Ampersand Capital Partners, where he previously served as a General Partner from 1988-2006 and helped launch their healthcare franchise.

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December 16, 2014

Governor Patrick, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Announce $1 Million Grant to Fund Research and Development of Ebola Diagnostic Test

Governor Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced a $1 million challenge grant to support a partnership of life sciences companies, NGO’s and academic institutions, led by Diagnostics For All, that is working to develop an improved, fast and accurate diagnostic test for Ebola. Participating organizations in the partnership include Diagnostics For All (DFA), Harvard University, the Broad Institute, UMass Medical School, GE Healthcare, Cambridge Consultants, Eiken, BBI Solutions, IMPACT Technology Development and WellBody Alliance in Sierra Leone. The goal of the partnership is to speed the launch of an improved Ebola diagnostic tool to within months versus years. The test, incorporating isothermal nucleic acid amplification on a paper substrate, is simple to administer and is the first of its kind to offer disposable molecular diagnostics (MDx) capabilities without requiring analysis in a laboratory or additional instruments, as needed for current MDx tests.  The reduced cost and ease of use is expected to facilitate earlier diagnosis of Ebola and in many more settings than is currently possible.

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December 11, 2014

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Announces Second Round of Massachusetts Neuroscience Consortium Grants

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and six global biopharmaceutical companies announced six awards made to researchers through the Massachusetts Neuroscience Consortium. The announcement was the second round of awards made by the Consortium, which was launched in June 2012 at the Bio International Convention in Boston.

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December 10, 2014

Governor Patrick Announces $100K Grant for Professional Development Program Aimed at Increasing Diversity in the Life Sciences Industry

Governor Deval Patrick announced that the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) will be providing a $100,000 grant to The Partnership, Inc. in order to develop a diversity-focused professional development program that will maximize the training and retention of underrepresented minorities working in the life sciences industry. The funds will be used for research, program creation, implementation, and evaluation.

from left to right: Liz Cheng (WGBH's General Manager for Television), Governor Deval Patrick and First Lady Diane Patrick participate in a fireside chat to discuss the importance of expanding opportunities to people of color at The Partnership’s Annual Meeting

from left to right: Liz Cheng (WGBH’s General Manager for Television), Governor Deval Patrick and First Lady Diane Patrick participate in a fireside chat to discuss the importance of expanding opportunities to people of color at The Partnership’s Annual Meeting

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December 1, 2014

Governor Patrick Visits inviCRO, Celebrates New Collaboration Stemming From Israel Trade Mission

BOSTON, MA – Last week Governor Deval Patrick visited inviCRO, a fast-growing Boston life sciences firm, to join in announcing the company’s expanded development agreement with Israel-based Aspect Imaging. The commercial agreement comes as a direct result of the Governor’s recent Innovation Partnership Mission to Israel. inviCRO was represented as part of the life sciences delegation on the mission. The extended software development contract with Aspect Imaging will seek to develop advanced imaging analysis tools for the company’s innovative, compact MRI platform.inviCRO_©HOGGER&Co._2014_064

Photo caption from left to right: Jack Hoppin, inviCRO Co-Founder and Managing Director; Marc Seaman, inviCRO Imaging Scientist; Deval Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Maurice “Mo” Cowan, Former U.S. Senator; Matt Silva, inviCRO Senior Director of Imaging Research; and (behind) the inviCRO Lab Team celebrate inviCRO’s expanded development agreement with Israel-based Aspect Imaging. *Photography by Hogger & Co.

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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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From left to right, Brendan Fowkes from IBM; Keith Figlioli from Premier; Senator Jim Welch; Mayor Domenic J. Sarno; Joel Vengco from Baystate; Dr. Mark Keroack from Baystate; Dr. Evan Benjamin from Baystate; Secretary Greg Bialecki; Susan Windham-Bannister from the MLSC; Dan Eastman, CEO from Eastco join officials from Baystate Health in Springfield to celebrate the opening of TechSpring, Baystate Health’s Technology Innovation Center. 

 

 

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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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