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


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.”

Read the full article here


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.

To watch the video click here

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.

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.

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