The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s mission is to serve as the hub of the world’s life sciences ecosystem, encourage innovation through investments in good science and business, strengthen and protect Massachusetts’ global leadership position in the life sciences, accelerate the commercialization of promising treatments, therapies, and cures that will improve patient care, create jobs, drive economic development and STEM workforce development.

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#1 life sciences ecosystem in the world.

Massachusetts is home to the most verdant and productive life sciences ecosystem in the world. With industry, academia, and government working together, a burgeoning economy has flourished to develop the finest talent pipeline and a hotbed for great science, great inventions, and great leaders to propel the development of new therapies, devices, and scientific advancements that are improving patient health and well-being in Massachusetts and around the world.

#1
in talent with the highest percentage of residents who hold undergraduate degrees.
18
of the top 20 biopharma companies.
25%
of K-12 students in Massachusetts learn with equipment funded by MLSC.

Human Capital

Strengthening networked connections. Fortifying diversity of talent.

The MLSC’s prioritized commitment to talent development and a more diverse workforce is at the core of how we fulfill our mission. Our strategy starts at the youngest generation, sparking a passion for STEM by supplying middle school and high school level students with the equipment and trained professionals to compete with their peers. We capitalize on the abundance of small and medium life science companies by providing paid internship opportunities. We are also home to the highest density of leading academic research and medical institutions in the country.

Ernest E. Just Life Sciences Initiative

The MLSC has partnered with the United Negro College Fund on the Ernest E. Just Life Sciences Initiative, which will create internship opportunities in the Boston-area for students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

$3.4 Million to Support STEM Equipment and Teacher Professional Development

Twenty-seven awards will support new and expanded curricula at 93-plus schools, serving more than 38,200 students, and more than 730 teachers receiving professional development.

Paying It Forward: Former Intern Building Own Talent Pipeline at Ginkgo Bioworks

Ginkgo Bioworks, a more than 500 person company, was once small but nimble with only 25 employees that relied heavily on interns, like Lily Fitzgerald, Internship Challenge program.

Innovation Capital

Investing in infrastructure. Orienting for innovation.

The MLSC is committed to fortifying the innovation ready-infrastructure of the future by fostering robust life sciences development in women’s health, big data, and advanced manufacturing from an early-stage life science company to a world-renowned institution. Our researchers, entrepreneurs, and members of our life sciences ecosystem have access to cutting-edge laboratory equipment and analysis in every corner of the state.

Tour Two Innovative Companies Improving Patient Lives

Look inside the Massachusetts based facilities of Lyndra Therapeutics and Mustang Bio. Learn how these organizations are harnessing emerging science to improve the lives of patients all over the world.

Wyss Institute Brain Targeting Program

Funding from the Novel Therapeutics Delivery program is helping Wyss Institute researchers identify novel transport targets and shuttle compounds to enable more effective delivery of drugs to the brain.

In Fuller Detail: Bits to Bytes awardee aims to break through imaging limitations in hemorrhagic stroke treatment

The funding provided by the MLSC is contributing to the generation of a large collection of high-resolution neuro-endovascular images.

Growth Capital

Fostering seed-stage companies. Scaling growing businesses.

Investments to fund and accelerate inventive concepts from early-stage companies is at the core of the Center’s overall portfolio strategy. For companies looking to scale their business or relocate to Massachusetts, the MLSC will make a concentrated effort to provide the strategic insights, tax incentives, grants, or loans to qualifying companies, creating a burgeoning economy and job market.

Snapdragon Chemistry Leveraging the Opportunity to Discover, Develop, and Make It in Massachusetts

Leveraging all pieces of the Massachusetts life sciences ecosystem, Snapdragon announced a large-scale expansion of its Waltham facility, with a state-of-the-art good manufacturing practices (GMP) facility.

$19.5 Million Job Creation Incentives for 28 Massachusetts Life Sciences Companies

Incentives expected to create 1,259 life sciences jobs throughout Massachusetts, with 68 percent of job growth taking place outside of Greater Boston.

Biomanufacturing and Beyond in Massachusetts, the State of Possible

As the Massachusetts cluster continues to grow statewide, companies are choosing to locate state of the art biomanufacturing facilities here to be close to the leading life sciences innovators.

Intellectual Capital

Cultivating emerging research. Steering emerging inventions.

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is deliberate with its offering of portfolio programs to evolve as the industry does and invest in the research and development, commercialization and manufacturing, people, and regions that need it most.

Women’s Health Innovation Grants

A new initiative designed to support translational research in women’s health and gender biology that will ultimately lead to commercial opportunities that address the lack of innovative technologies.

Project Onramp Celebration: A conversation with Virginia Burger and Tsungai Jackson

MLSC continues support of collaborative effort to help underserved students start their careers in life sciences with paid summer internships.

Q&A with Cellino CEO and Co-founder Nabiha Saklayen

Cellino, raised $16 million in seed round, is a biotechnology company using their own developed platform to make regenerative medicine viable, at large scale, to fight some of toughest diseases.

News and Breakthroughs

$18 Million in Life Sciences Capital Funding to Support Research Infrastructure, Data Science, and Drug Delivery Projects

Fourteen projects receiving funding to support R&D, innovation in addressing challenges in therapeutic delivery and unlocking potential of data science to answer pressing life sciences questions

Awards for Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Initiative for Women Entrepreneurs

Five women-led, early-stage life sciences companies selected to receive non-dilutive capital and access to executive coaching network

$3.4 Million to Support STEM Equipment and Teacher Professional Development

Twenty-seven awards will support new and expanded curricula at 93-plus schools, serving more than 38,200 students, and more than 730 teachers receiving professional development.