The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center thanks our public and private partners working collaboratively to combat COVID-19. We are proud to be part of such a rich life sciences ecosystem that is able to immediately mobilize and work together to tackle these types of public health challenges, benefiting not only our region but the world. We are especially appreciative of the ongoing efforts of first responders and health care professionals.
Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness
To address the most pressing challenges of the pandemic, the Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness (MassCPR), a multi-institutional initiative convened by Harvard Medical School to combat the disease and prepare for future outbreaks, is announcing over $16.5 million in funding to support 62 high-impact research projects.
Recognizing MassCPR’s ability to bring together leading scientists and researchers from across the Commonwealth to respond to the pandemic, the MLSC is providing up to $2.3 million to support nine collaborative projects through the consortium.
Manufacturing Emergency Response Team Funding
The Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT) is a coordinated response by the Commonwealth’s leading academic, industry, and government stakeholders to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The M-ERT, launched alongside $10.6 million in new funding, aims to help manufacturers scale their operations to produce PPE and other critical items. Companies can apply for grants through an online form for equipment, materials, supplies, workforce training and other needs. A Review Committee will process applications based on criteria including production timeline and recommend grant awards. Learn more.
More From Our Commonwealth
On May 18, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration released Reopening Massachusetts, the Reopening Advisory Board’s report, which details a four-phased strategy to responsibly reopen businesses and activities while continuing to fight COVID-19. The Administration also released a new “Safer At Home” Advisory, which instructs residents to stay at home unless engaging with newly opened activities, as a way to continue limiting the spread of COVID-19.
The Baker-Polito Administration is continuing to update the public on developments related to COVID-19. Residents can:
- Visit www.mass.gov/covid19 for the latest information
- Call 2-1-1 with questions
- Stay Informed | Manténgase Informado: Text COVIDMA to 888-777 | Envíe COVIDMAESP al 888-777
The Baker-Polito Administration and the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development is committed to partnering with the business community to navigate the outbreak of COVID-19. Learn more about COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Businesses.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is committed to delivering the resources necessary to confront COVID-19 and appreciates the donation and sale of products that will be crucial to this effort. Learn more about the COVID-19 PPE Procurement and Donation Program.
The Commonwealth is also working with local providers and boards of health across the Commonwealth to identify places where health professionals can volunteer to support their community. Learn more about the Health Professional Volunteer for COVID-19 Relief.
Partners In Health is seeking Contact Tracers to support the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Local Boards of Health to perform COVID-19 contact tracing. Partners In Health will hire, train and supervise a team of community contact tracing staff across Massachusetts. Learn more.
From Our Partners in Industry
MassBio has been working on several new initiatives to engage its members in their new virtual settings, including weekly Town Halls, Virtual Forums, and other initiatives. Learn more. MassBio has also launched a COVID-19 Resource Center.
MassMEDIC has launched a COVID-19 resource center for its members in the MedTech community as a way to keep up to date on everything they need to stay on top of this rapidly developing crisis, including business information, helpful links, and business opportunities. Learn more.
Life Science Cares has launched a COVID-19 Response Fund to support partner nonprofits as these organizations work tirelessly to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on our neighbors living in poverty. Learn more.