About Us

What is MBI?

MBI is the longest-running life sciences incubator in the Commonwealth, helping emerging life sciences companies advance from concept to clinical trials. MBI’s mission is to be a partner for fostering innovation in the life sciences by helping companies bring lifesaving products to patients, create jobs, and promote economic development in Central Massachusetts and throughout the Commonwealth. It is estimated that since 2000, MBI has assisted over 188 companies that have created over 1,800 jobs and had over $1.9 billion in economic impact.

MISSION

MBI is a partner for:

  • Startups: Fostering innovation in the life sciences
  • Industry: Facilitating access to early-stage technologies and workforce development support
  • Government: Life science economic and workforce development to create a sustainable ecosystem in Massachusetts

Our Team

Chuck Cowan

Facilities Manager

Michele Crawford

Health & Safety Director

Karri Freeland

Senior Operations Manager

Melina Reid

Marketing & Workforce Manager

Zu Shen

Vice President

Jon Weaver

President & CEO

Board of Trustees

Officers

Robert J. Anderson, LLM, Esq., CPA

Chairman
Former General Council
Abbot Bioresearch Center (AbbVie)

Chuck Kunsch

Vice Chair
Managing Partner
Ballastone Life Science Advisors

Philip R. Morgan

Vice Chair
Former President
Morgan Construction Company

Shobha Parthasarathi, Ph.D.

Clerk
Vice President, External Innovation & New Ventures

John Hallinan

Treasurer
Chief Development Officer

Jon Weaver

President & CEO
Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI)

Trustees

Joe Doherty

Faculty

D. Davidson Easson Jr., ScD

Chief Manufacturing Officer

Allan Guo

Chief Strategy Officer, Member of Executive Steering Committee

Raymond Knox

Principal
KBDG

Lizabeth Leveille

Vice President, Business Development & Licensing

Linda McGoldrick, Ph.D.

Chair
FHAI-Financial Health Associates International

Imran Nasrullah, M.S., J.D.

Vice President & Head, Open Innovation Center North America

Christopher M. Palatucci, Ph.D.

Client Partner

W. Blaine Stine, Ph.D.

Vice President, Biotherapeutics Discovery

Abraham Haddad, DMD, FACD*

*Trustee Emeritus

David R. Grenon*

Founder
Protector Group Insurance Agency *Trustee Emeritus

Strategic Advisory Board

William Aitchison

SVP, Head of US Ops & Key Account Exec. Advisor

Kendalle Burlin O'Connell

President & CEO

Parth Chakrabarti

Executive Vice Chancellor of BRIDGE Innovation and Business

Tara Clark

Vice President of Operations & Biotechnology Programs

Robert Coughlin

Managing Director, Life Sciences
JLL

Brian Fenton

President & CEO

Shawn Fitzpatrick

Senior Director of Manufacturing

Rosanna Garcia, Ph.D.

CEO & Founder, Vijilent / Chair of Entrepreneurship

Jennifer Griffin

Partner, Strategy & Investor Relations

Ben Linville-Engler

Deputy Director and Chief Investment Strategist

Travis McCready

Head of Life Sciences
JLL

Kenn Turner

President & CEO

Sponsorship Opportunities

Become an MBI Sponsor

Join our mission to revolutionize the life science industry by supporting and nurturing startup companies on the cutting edge of innovation. Become an MBI sponsor to support our unique StartUp to ScaleUp incubation model that helps companies advance from concept to clinical trials under one roof.

Why Sponsor MBI?

  • To gain access & exposure.
    By partnering with MBI, you will gain visibility among the brightest minds and influential players in the growing biotech industry. This sponsorship will enable you to engage directly with emerging startups, providing you with valuable networking opportunities, potential partnerships, and first-hand access to groundbreaking technologies and advancements in the biomedical sector.
  • To foster innovation.
    MBI serves as a catalyst for innovation by providing crucial resources, state-of-the-art facilities, and mentorship to life science startups. By supporting MBI, you will help create an environment where startups can flourish, leading to the development of life-saving therapies and technologies.
  • To flex your “collaborative gene.”
    Your sponsorship will include opportunities to connect with startups to help foster collaborations with industry experts, academic institutions, and investors. These collaborations fuel innovation, accelerate research, and facilitate the translation of scientific discoveries into tangible products that impact lives.
  • To drive economic growth.
    As a donor, you will actively contribute to the development of a vibrant biotech ecosystem that attracts talent, investment, and opportunities to Massachusetts. By supporting MBI, you will help stimulate local and regional economies while maintaining the Commonwealth’s position as the global leader in the life sciences.

Join us in our mission to empower life science startups and drive transformative change. Together, we can unlock the potential of innovation, fuel economic growth, and shape a future where groundbreaking therapies and technologies are readily available to those in need.

Reach out to Melina Reid at [email protected] to learn more.
Donate to MBI

MBI is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping our companies grow and thrive. If you want to help innovative life sciences companies advance from concept to clinical trials and bring life-saving products to patients, support MBI today with an individual donation. By donating to MBI, you support our Blue Beaker Campaign, which aims to raise $6 million to fund the development of our pilot Biomanufacturing Center. The completion of our new incubation space is part of our initiative to make Central Massachusetts a life sciences and biomanufacturing hub.

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