February 11, 2019

Building A Company Around an Idea

If you needed one word to describe the approach of PanTher Therapeutics Co-Founder and CEO Laura Indolfi it would be “proactive”.

Fresh off winning an Amgen Golden Ticket at LabCentral towards the end of 2018, Laura and her team of nearly 10 people between full-time employees and consultants, are taking full advantage of the access to innovative infrastructure made available to golden ticket winners at LabCentral.

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January 30, 2019

Project OnRamp to Boost Diversity in Biotech and Tap New Talent With 50 Well-Paid Summer Positions For Students From Low-Income Backgrounds

Massachusetts Biotechnology Industry Creates First-In-Nation Program to Open Doors to Life Sciences Careers

FRAMINGHAM – January 29, 2019 –  The leading life sciences organizations in Massachusetts today announced the start of Project Onramp, a new program that matches talented, first-generation students from low-income backgrounds with well-paid summer internships. The internships are intended to serve as a stepping-stone to a rewarding career for a talent pool that has typically had difficulty gaining access to the burgeoning life science industry. It will also help growing Massachusetts biotechnology companies fill the additional 12,000 positions estimated to be created by 2023.

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January 30, 2019

Progress continues on Berkshires life sciences innovation hub

State and local officials gather for topping off ceremony for 22,500 square-foot facility

Pittsfield, MA – January, 29, 2019 – officials with the Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC) and Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer joined state and other local officials at the BIC construction site for a topping off ceremony to recognize the significant progress made so far on construction of the 22,500 square-foot facility. The brief ceremony included the installation of the final steel beam in the infrastructure of the building. The beam was signed by key stakeholders and partners of the project.

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December 10, 2018

Catalyzing Success and Growth

Massachusetts, as the hub of the life sciences ecosystem, offers an abundance of opportunities and resources for early-stage life sciences companies. From state funding to the world’s leading innovation and talent pipelines, it’s no surprise that Massachusetts has become a breeding ground for early-stage companies to emerge and quickly grow toward commercial success.

Platelet Biogenesis (PBG) is a Cambridge-based company leading the production of functional human platelets from stem cells and developing platelet-based therapeutics. Platelets are the cells in the bloodstream that promote clot formation. They also demonstrate potential to be a crucial therapeutic for those exposed to radiation, which damages the body’s ability to produce platelets, and for many patients undergoing treatment for cancer, who also lose the ability to make platelets. Platelets have a short five-day shelf life, so they are almost always in limited supply.

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December 3, 2018

STAT+: Almost No venture capital funding goes to women. Can a pitchfest bring parity to biotech?

By Kate Sheridan 11/29/18

In many ways, the pitch night in Kendall Square on Wednesday was business as usual. Founders presented their young biopharma and medical device companies to investors, promising they could someday take away people’s pain, capture markets — even save lives. Read more…

November 28, 2018

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Sanofi as Newest Partner for Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Initiative for Women Entrepreneurs

Massachusetts Next Generation Initiative receives $250,000 from Sanofi; Announcement made during event to promote women entrepreneurs in the life sciences industry

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced Sanofi as the newest funding partner for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s (MLSC) Massachusetts Next Generation Initiative (MassNextGen), a competitive program for women-led life sciences companies. Sanofi will contribute $250,000 to the public-private partnership. Baker-Polito Administration and Sanofi officials made the announcement during the MLSC’s A Pitch of Their Own event, which promotes women entrepreneurs in the life sciences community.

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November 13, 2018

A Massachusetts Life Sciences Culture

Extend Biosciences, Inc. is an emerging biotechnology company developing a novel drug delivery platform. It is aiming to crack the code on the therapeutic value of peptides and proteins utilizing proprietary platform technology with the potential to revolutionize drug delivery and provide patients a better quality of life.

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November 7, 2018

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and Parsagen Diagnostics hold Accelerator Loan Repayment Ceremony

Women’s health oriented diagnostics company provides $1 million loan repayment with interest through program to support early-stage life science companies in Massachusetts

WALTHAM – On October 31, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and Parsagen Diagnostics celebrated the repayment of a $1 million loan provided to Parsagen through the MLSC’s Accelerator Loan Program in 2015. Parsagen repaid the balance of principal and interest for the loan in April 2018. Parsagen’s repayment to the MLSC totaled $1,412,474.47. The Accelerator Loan Program was created by the MLSC as a funding program intended for early-stage life sciences companies in Massachusetts.

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October 30, 2018

Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Expansion of Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

World-class research institute integrates scientific discovery and workforce development to bring biotech hub to Cape Ann

Gloucester – October 30, 2018 – Today, Governor Charlie Baker joined Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) officials, Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, and state and local leaders, to celebrate the ribbon cutting of GMGI’s new facility located on Gloucester’s inner harbor to advance marine biotechnology research and expand the regional economy. This is the world’s first dedicated marine genomics research institute.

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October 24, 2018

MassLive: HCC’s readies 21st century workforce with $4.55M Center for Life Sciences

October 5, 2018

RFP for Brand Messaging and Website Design Services & Vendor Q&A

Deadline: Friday, November 2, 2018

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a brand messaging refresh and website design services to better inform industry and academic stakeholders, the general public and targeted recruitment companies about the benefits of doing business in the state, MLSC programs and initiatives, and the MLSC’s impact on the economy and on patient care.  If your company is interested in partnering with us through this process please take a look at the following RFP and complete the requested information by the deadline.

To access the RFP, please click here.
To access the Q&A, please click here.

September 21, 2018

Berkshire Eagle: Berkshire Innovation Center Groundbreaking Set for Tuesday

SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

PITTSFIELD — A ceremony that many thought would never happen is finally ready to take place.

State and local officials will gather at the William Stanley Business Park of the Berkshires on Tuesday for the official groundbreaking ceremony for the $13.8 million Berkshire Innovation Center, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has announced.

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July 5, 2018

Boston Globe EDITORIAL: Life Sciences 2.0 stokes Mass. competitiveness

Life Sciences 2.0 stokes Mass. competitiveness

JULY 05, 2018
How do you nurture the Commonwealth’s thriving life sciences sector? It takes more than a village — it takes an ecosystem. At least, that’s how Travis McCready, the head of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, characterizes the heady mix of brilliant minds, transformative ideas, thriving academic centers, and risk-taking startups that are building the region’s biotech future.There’s another key ingredient, however: the government partnerships needed to help fuel that growth. That’s why it’s noteworthy that Governor Baker overcame his initial skepticism and signed a bill, known as the Life Sciences Initiative 2.0, that commits up to $623 million in bond authorizations and tax credits over the next five years.
 

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June 20, 2018

Press Release: Baker-Polito Administration Announces Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Initiative for Women Entrepreneurs Inaugural Awards

PRESS RELEASE

Media Contacts:
Joe Sullivan – MLSC – (781)795-6259 jsullivan@masslifesciences.com

 

Cambridge – June 20, 2018 – Today, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced the 2018 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. The public-private partnership, a five-year, $1.1 million commitment, focuses on empowering women and diversity in the next generation of life sciences entrepreneurs. Continue reading “Press Release: Baker-Polito Administration Announces Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Initiative for Women Entrepreneurs Inaugural Awards” »

June 19, 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY: Lt. Governor Polito Announces Inaugural Awards for MassNextGen Awards

Media Advisory: Wednesday June 20, 2018

CONTACT: Colleen Arons (HED) – colleen.arons@mass.gov 
Joe Sullivan (MLSC) – jsullivan@masslifesciences.com (781) 795-6259

CAMBRIDGE – Lt. Governor Polito will join Massachusetts Life Science Center President & CEO Travis McCready, King Street Properties and leaders from the Life Sciences sector to celebrate the inaugural awards announcements for the MassNextGen Initiative. Continue reading “MEDIA ADVISORY: Lt. Governor Polito Announces Inaugural Awards for MassNextGen Awards” »

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