Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI), and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) kicked off the expansion of MBI’s Biomanufacturing Center by breaking through a wall in the existing space.
The expansion will add 10 new Biomanufacturing Labs to support early-stage clinical companies in process development and early-stage manufacturing. The facility will also include 10 new support offices on a second floor overlooking the labs. The MLSC invested $3 million from its Research Infrastructure program to help fund the expansion, which is estimated to cost approximately $5 million.
MBI also announced that it has purchased the 50,000 square foot building and an adjacent 7,000 square foot building from the Coghlin family as part of MBI’s long term commitment to fostering the life sciences industry in Central Massachusetts. The unique StartUp & ScaleUp model at MBI bridges the gap between incubator and commercial market spaces for early-stage, growing companies, freeing up space in the incubator for new, promising companies to enter the pipeline. By adding additional capabilities to support early clinical stage companies, the expansion will help more startup companies bring products to patients and build on Worcester’s growing biomanufacturing market.