March 27, 2018

Bringing Life Sciences to the Berkshires

MLSC President & CEO Travis McCready joined New England Cable News for his monthly check-in on the life sciences industry. 

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March 26, 2018

MLSC Grant Featured in “Being Boston” on Boston 25 News

A club at a Boston school is blazing a path for future careers in Science.

Headmaster Dr. Lindsa McIntyre has transformed the Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester; focusing on the whole child, academically and socially.

The Science Club is an afterschool program helping to target those students. It’s a passion of science teacher Dr. Carl Reid.

Read the full article on Fox25 Boston.

March 19, 2018

Grant gives Goodrich Life Science Lab a facelift

Pictured from left: North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce’s David Ginisi, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Ryan Mudawar, state Sen. Dean Tran, Goodrich Academy Principal Alexis Curry, Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale and Fitchburg Public Schools Superintendent Andre Ravenelle.

There was excitement and pride at Goodrich Academy for the Life Science Lab ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday morning.

Goodrich Academy science teacher Sara Goguen’s room certainly received a needed facelift, along with new STEM equipment, supplies and professional development through a grant awarded by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center during the 2016-17 school year.

“This is a beautiful space,” Goguen said. “Sometimes I sit around at my desk and look around a smile. It’s amazing.”

The awarded amount was $105, 345.

Read the full story here.

 

March 9, 2018

State set to launch $14M life sciences hub in the Berkshires

The Berkshire Innovation Center has been in the works since 2013, when the city of Pittsfield received a grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, a quasi-state agency, to put together a business plan for a potential biotech research facility in Western Massachusetts. But the project was delayed by funding gaps, leading to some uncertainty over when construction of the 20,000 square foot center would begin.

Read the article here.

March 8, 2018

Gov. Baker set to attend Berkshire Innovation Center announcement Friday

If Gov. Charlie Baker and several top aides plan to travel to the Berkshires barely a day after a major winter storm, it must for be something big.

How about an announcement involving the Berkshire Innovation Center?

Read the article here.

March 6, 2018

LIFE SCIENCES COMING INTO PLAY AHEAD OF JUNE’S BIO CONVENTION

Gov. Charlie Baker last June offered a five-year, $500 million bill to basically extend the life sciences law and that bill could draw attention before BIO comes to town. While the bill has not advanced in the House or Senate, House Speaker Robert DeLeo in January said he favors a “renewal of our commitment” to the industry, which he said has “shown to be a good investment in the past, good for the Massachusetts economy.”

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March 2, 2018

Experts say higher ed, business must work together to solve student debt

Higher education and business leaders must work together if they’re going to solve the problem of rising costs for college and student debt, a panel of experts said Tuesday morning.

Travis McCready, the president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, said colleges can — and must — do more to connect students with job opportunities in the local biotech industry, where annual salaries often run in the six figures.

Read the article on the Boston Business Journal here

March 2, 2018

Local Startup Has Big Plan for Farming

Travis McCready, President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, discusses how Indigo AG is using biotech to produce greater yields in agriculture.

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February 16, 2018

Life sciences leaders grapple with growth, workforce

LakePharma, Inc. is the latest company to join the region’s biotech industry, all while state and business officials push for a robust workforce to keep the momentum going – and attract new businesses.

On Monday, the San Francisco company announced it will open a 69,000-square foot biomanufacturing building on South Street in Hopkinton. The company plans to add approximately 100 jobs at the center by 2020.

“Hopkinton is in close proximity to Cambridge/Boston, where we have a large cluster of clients, and we believe that this facility will increase our ability to serve their product development and manufacturing needs,” said Hua Tu, LakePharma’s CEO, in a statement.

The news comes as dozens of state and businesses officials gathered Thursday afternoon at Sunovion’s global headquarters in Marlborough to hear the latest update prepared by the 495/MetroWest Partnership on the life sciences industry. Life sciences is the second largest industry in the state behind information technology, according to the report.

Read the article here.

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.

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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.

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