Education and Infrastructure

Education & Infrastructure in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, the excellent public education system, strong regional community college programs, world-class colleges and universities, and state-of-the-art facilities all work together to support the advancement of science—with reliable, enthusiastic support from industry and government.

Shared Infrastructure: A Statewide Incubator

Every MLSC investment, particularly those supporting equipment and research infrastructure, has helped make Massachusetts into a unified, accessible incubator for the entire state the magnitude of which continues to grow. MLSC-funded equipment or assets, made possible by nearly three quarters of a billion dollars of public investment, must be made publicly accessible and shared by academic and industry scientists alike, offering a huge resource to the innovative startup community and growing research organizations in Massachusetts.

The Center offers two searchable databases, the Research Equipment Database (R.E.D.), and the Database, Algorithms, Tools, and Analyses (D.A.T.A.) Repository for companies, research institutions, and all other key stakeholders of Massachusetts to search, find, and engage with our various partners across the Commonwealth to further leverage and access MLSC-funded equipment and digital assets.

A Tier of Our Own

Massachusetts is home to several prestigious Tier 1 research institutions, which are known for their excellence in academic research and innovation and launching of start-ups. Boston alone has one of the largest concentrations of top-tier research universities in the country. However, Massachusetts’ research dominance doesn’t stop in Boston and Cambridge. Worcester-based UMass Chan Medical School has earned more NIH funding than 19 states. Nearly 10 percent of all NIH funding went to Massachusetts organizations in 2020, and Massachusetts received $4.5 billion federal research dollars in total from NIH, CDC, NSF, and AHRQ.

The Talent Hub for Life Sciences & Healthcare Innovation

Massachusetts is producing the people, places, and partnerships harnessing the powers and possibilities of science and technology benefiting patients globally. Massachusetts is home to:

Our talent is taking on the ideas so bold no one else is willing to give them a chance. They are doing it in the 21.6 million sq ft of lab space built over the past decade, our 100+ incubators, accelerators, and coworking spaces, and our state-of-the-art core facilities which are the envy of the world.

U.S. News and World Report has Harvard and MIT ranked in the top 5 schools in biological and biomedical sciences in 2022, with graduate programs at those same schools across a variety of life sciences specialties spanning genomics to bioinformatics also ranked in the top 5.

Boston University, UMass Amherst, Tufts University, Northeastern University, Brandeis University, and Boston College, each generated more than 750 graduates in life sciences degree programs over the 2018-2020 period.

Supporting Our Future Life Sciences Leaders

The MLSC and its partners continue to make historical investments supporting experiential, hands-on learning opportunities for the next generation of life science professionals, connecting employers with prospective talent to cultivate a workforce pipeline, and sparking career interest and enabling schools and teachers to educate our future STEM workforce.
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in STEM equipment and professional development.
schools across Massachusetts,
nearly 30% of MA K-12 students.
Serving schools in all 14 Massachusetts counties and all 26 Getaway Cities.
high school internships
supported at more than 115 organizations.
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to support life sciences classrooms, labs, and training facilities.
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internships supported


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companies & research institutions

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