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Massachusetts and NIIMBL Partnership

In 2016, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announced its partnership in the nation’s first biomanufacturing innovation institute, known as the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL). The Center has committed up to $20 million for five years as an anchor to the northeastern node for the biopharmaceutical manufacturing project. The NIIMBL project is regionally led by a consortium of small, medium and large biopharmaceutical industry partners from across the supply chain, along with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Quincy College, UMass Lowell, UMass Medical School, and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).


The NIIMBL mission is to accelerate biopharmaceutical manufacturing innovation, support the development of standards that enable more efficient and rapid manufacturing capabilities, and educate and train a world-leading biopharmaceutical manufacturing workforce, fundamentally advancing U.S. competitiveness in this industry.

NIIMBL relies on its members to shape the direction of its research and provide expertise in diverse areas of biopharmaceutical manufacturing. The investment, engagement and collaboration of its members allow NIIMBL to advance biopharmaceutical manufacturing, solve industry challenges and develop a highly-skilled workforce.

Why Join NIIMBL?

As a NIIMBL member, your organization will have the opportunity to partner with industry, academia, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations to develop methods, tools and educational programs to drive efficient, effective and safe manufacturing standards and best practices. Your organization will not only have input and involvement on NIIMBL projects, but it will also benefit from the shared knowledge of its partners. Through these partnerships and potential to cost-share projects, NIIMBL members are able to shape the direction of research and provide expertise in diverse areas of biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

Committee Seats – NIIMBL technology, workforce, and regulatory agendas are driven and shaped by the Technical Activities Committee (TAC), Workforce Activities Committee (WAC) and Regulatory Considerations Committee (RCC). Your membership may grant your organization seats on these committees. Your participation on these committees gives you a voice in shaping the technology, workforce and regulatory agendas.

Shared IP – Depending on your membership level, your organization will have access to IP developed through this initiative.

Projects – Participate in NIIMBL project calls. Your organization will have the opportunity to partner with other NIIMBL members to propose and contribute to Institute-funded projects.

Networking Opportunities – Collaboration with other members will allow you to share resources and ideas across industry sectors.

Process for MLSC Support

When submitting for a Project Call, teams who are partnered with a Massachusetts-based, not-for-profit academic institution, will be eligible to request supplemental cost-sharing from the Center. The funds will be reimbursed directly to the MA-based academic institution for only capital expenses. Membership fees and other costs that are not equipment will not be reimbursed by the Center.

Each NIIMBL Project Call will specify a deadline to provide their proposal to the MLSC in as complete of form as possible. Upon administrative review, the Center will invite the applicant to present to a panel of biomanufacturing experts. Applicants will provide a brief 5-minute presentation, followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers. The MLSC will provide feedback within 48 hours to make any changes necessary to the NIIMBL proposal. Ahead of the Project Call submission deadline, the Center will coordinate with the Project Manager to complete a Cover Sheet and provide a letter of support from our President and CEO. NIIMBL will then notify the applicant of the organization’s decision to fund the proposal.

Please note: NIIMBL approved proposals are subject to a final vote before the MLSC’s Board of Directors.

NIIMBL has announced Project Call 3.1.

Please view the RFP for more information on technical, workforce, and global health proposals.

Note: Project Call 3.1 will occur in two phases: The first phase requires a Concept Paper to be submitted to NIIMBL by September 10, 2019. The submitter will be expected to attend the Summit at the University of Maryland tentatively scheduled the week of October 23-24, 2019 (exact date TBD) to present their concept. NIIMBL will deliberate and notify applicants in late November if they are invited to the next phase to submit a full proposal. Full proposals are due to NIIMBL on February 13, 2020.

**If a Massachusetts’ entity with a not-for-profit academic institution requesting cost-share from the MLSC is invited to submit a full proposal, submitters are asked to submit a draft application of the full proposal to by January 20, 2020. Applicants may need to present their proposal, including a proposed budget and vendor quotes, in person to the Massachusetts Life Science Center the week of January 27, 2020. Applicants are asked to reach out to the MLSC early in this process, as these dates may change.

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