December 5, 2017

Getting More Women Involved in Life Sciences

MLSC President & CEO Travis McCready, joined necn to discuss women in the life sciences. McCready discussed the launch of the Massachusetts Next Generation Initiative, and how the Center is aiming to be an agent of change to improve gender diversity in the industry.

For more information on the MassNextGen Initiative, visit the program page here.

December 4, 2017

University of Massachusetts chancellors say life sciences funding is a ‘lynchpin and a lifeline’

With more and more students studying in life sciences fields, chancellors in the University of Massachusetts system are telling state legislators they need the funding to compete for talented students and then keep them in Massachusetts after graduation.

That’s why the chancellors gathered to show “unified support” of a bill that will continue state investments in the life sciences in front of members of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies on Thursday.

Read the full article on MassLive

November 10, 2017

Boston Business Journal: Takeda, state officials unveil $1M initiative backing women entrepreneurs

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) Friday announced the launch of the Massachusetts Next Generation Initiative to attempt to narrow the industry’s gender diversity gap by offering financing and other support to women entrepreneurs. The program was unveiled at Takeda’s Kendall Square office. The company’s CEO, Christophe Weber, and Gov. Charlie Baker were both in attendance to announce the program and Takeda’s generous support of it. 

Read the full BBJ article by Max Stendahl here. 

November 10, 2017

WBUR: New $1 Million Initiative Aims To Boost Women In Biotech

Women are underrepresented in the life sciences industry. Now, a new program is trying to change that by supporting biotech startups led by women. on Friday, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center with Governor Charlie Baker launched Massachusetts Next Generation Initiative (MassNextGen) — a five-year initiative that will fund and support early stage biotech companies run by women, with signifcant support from anchor sponsor, Takeda.

Read the full WBUR article by Zeninjor Enwemeka here.

October 6, 2017

MLSC Grant Featured in Dana-Farber Newsletter

A $4.6 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) will increase Dana-Farber’s capacity for manufacturing a wide variety of engineered cellular products for patients with cancer and other diseases, establish relationships with commercial partners to refine cell manufacturing processes, and provide manufactured products for patients enrolled in clinical trials.

Click here to read the article.

October 6, 2017

MLSC President & CEO Named to Boston Business Journal Power 50 – Newsmakers

Selecting the 50 most powerful businesspeople in the Boston area is never an easy task. There are easily hundreds, probably thousands, of smart, savvy, powerful people doing business in Greater Boston. Some work quietly and efficiently behind the scenes, others are figurehead leaders driving their companies through incredible growth and success.

This year’s Boston Business Journal Power 50 list — our seventh — is focused on men and women who are not only leading and breaking new ground, but also doing that work as an example to others, unafraid to make headlines and, at times, stand firm in the heat of the spotlight’s glare.

Click here to view the list.

October 2, 2017

MetroWest MetroWest Movers & Shakers for Oct. 1, 2017

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center added two new members to the management team in September: Jennifer Griffin, of Westborough, vice president of industry programs and relations, and Martha Waldron, of Holliston, vice president of marketing and communications.

Click here to read the story.

September 29, 2017

Insulet will expand production to Acton, expects to add hundreds of jobs

“This project represents a real example of how we can bring advanced manufacturing back to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Travis McCready, the Life Sciences Center’s chief executive. “The intent was to have a beachhead where they were manufacturing for all of North America. . . . We were very bullish on ensuring they consider Massachusetts as the best place to achieve their strategic goals.”

Click here to read the story.

September 25, 2017

Massachusetts Faces Its ‘Henry Ford Moment’

Today’s life sciences industry stands at the same precipice, faced with similar economic,  process design and efficiency challenges in manufacturing as faced by heavy industry over a century ago. In no area can this be felt more acutely than with the manufacture of large molecule therapies, or biologics. Biologics are “living drugs,” and differ from small molecules in that their constituent parts are made by other living organisms (yeasts, viruses and the like). In terms of complexity, one might consider biologics versus small molecule manufacturing as the difference between manufacturing a 10-speed bicycle and an Airbus A380.

Click here to read Travis’ guest column.

March 22, 2017

Capital and STEM Equipment Award Announcements at Bristol Community College

On Monday March 20th, the MLSC was joined by state and local officials, students, and school administrators as more than $1.1 million in Capital Infrastructure and STEM Equipment Grant awards were announced.

Local coverage from the New Bedford Standard-Times and Fall River Herald are available to view.

To see a photo gallery from the event, please click here.

January 24, 2017

MLSC CEO of Communications & Marketing on NECN – January 23, 2017

President and CEO Travis McCready of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center gives an update on the industry in the Bay State.

November 30, 2016

MLSC President & CEO on NECN – November 28, 2016

President and CEO Travis McCready of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center gives an update on the industry in the Bay State.

July 26, 2016

MLSC President and CEO on NECN – July 25, 2016

President and CEO of the Mass Life Sciences Center, Travis McCready, joins necn to discuss a brand new center devoted entirely to fighting Alzheimer’s disease.


April 29, 2016

MLSC President and CEO with Alnylam President and COO on NECN – April 28, 2016

President and CEO Travis McCready of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and Barry Greene, president and COO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, join necn to discuss the state of the industry, and the recent groundbreaking in Norton, MA.

March 18, 2016

Suburban Life Science Market Heats Up

After contributing nearly 1 million square feet of development in Cambridge last year, the life science industry is turning up the heat on demand for office, lab and manufacturing sites in the suburbs.

Continue reading the article here.

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