Two Worcester institutions received more than $5 million in grants from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, an economic development investment agency dedicated to life sciences, which on Thursday announced $28.3 million in capital funding to institutions across the state.
The Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives incubator received $3 million for an expansion, and UMass Chan Medical School received $2 million for virus research.
Kenneth Turner, president and CEO of Massachusetts Life Sciences broke the news during a Thursday morning Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club event, where he said Central Massachusetts’ life sciences sector was growing rapidly and making Worcester just as competitive as Boston and Cambridge.
MLSC’s Research Infrastructure program invests in high-demand infrastructure across the state to support academic and industry life science. Applicants to the program must demonstrate the potential of their project to fill a gap or accelerate growth in the state’s life sciences ecosystem.