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    MBI, Venture Forum Launch Spark Mentorship to Support Life Science Entrepreneurs

    February 5, 2024 / press release

    MBI and Venture Forum have launched "Spark," a new, 8-week long mentorship program for early-stage life science entrepreneurs.

    MBI welcomes 6 new startup companies

    December 14, 2023 / blog

    On December 13th with the help of some of our current companies, MBI welcomed a total of six new startups to the MBI community!

    Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives and Thermo Fisher Scientific Announce Sponsorship Agreement for Worcester-Based Incubator

    December 14, 2023 / press release

    The agreement establishes the Thermo Fisher Scientific Instrument Suite at MBI’s Briden Street location, which will be furnished with advanced research equipment, including a qPCR system, fluorescence imaging system and a plate reader, along with supply centers and technical support. Having access to such resources will enable MBI’s incubator tenants to accelerate R&D, produce high-quality data and results and advance progress toward their scientific goals.

    The Petri Dish: Gene therapy startup launches; Thermo Fisher sponsors incubator

    Published in: Boston Business Journal
    December 14, 2023 / media coverage

    Thermo Fisher Scientific has teamed up with MBI to provide equipment to startups within the incubator.

    ISPE Event at MBI: Strategy and Innovation used for Building a Regional Biomanufacturing Cluster

    November 16, 2023 / event
    Event Details:
    Date: November 16, 2023
    Start Time: 5:30 pm
    End Time: 8:00 pm

    The International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) will be hosting a networking and educational event at MBI on November 16, 2023

    Beers & Peers

    November 8, 2023 / event
    Event Details:
    Location: MBI - 17 Briden Street Worcester, MA 01605
    Date: November 8, 2023
    Start Time: 5:00 pm
    End Time: 7:00 pm

    Join MBI and eLabNext for a networking event on November 8th

    MBI Hosts Biannual Biomanufacturing Workforce Initiative Meeting

    November 8, 2023 / blog

    The BWI was born from a need for a translator to start a conversation about building up the workforce between industry and academia.

    Lunch & Learn – “Protect your Assets”

    November 1, 2023 / event
    Event Details:
    Date: November 1, 2023
    Start Time: 12:00 pm
    End Time: 1:00 pm

    Join MBI, Fidelity Bank, and Morse for a Lunch & Learn about protecting your startup's assets

    MBI startup Halloween Party

    October 31, 2023 / event
    Event Details:
    Date: October 31, 2023

    MBI startups will be having a spooky Halloween party! MBI companies only

    Halloween 2023 at MBI

    October 31, 2023 / event
    Event Details:
    Location: MBI - 17 Briden Street Worcester, MA 01605
    Date: October 31, 2023
    Start Time: 12:00 pm
    End Time: 1:00 pm

    Check out our 2023 Halloween Party pictures... if you dare

    Industry advocates seek to turn Central Mass. into a leader in bioindustrial engineering

    Published in: Worcester Business Journal
    October 30, 2023 / media coverage

    There are different pathways to commercialization in bioindustrial manufacturing than biopharmaceuticals, said Ben Linville-Engler of MassTech, but the industry can leverage the talent and infrastructure between the two.

    MBI grants $240K to seven organization for diversity and workforce development

    October 30, 2023 / media coverage

    MBI's Challenge Grants aim to increase diversity in the life sciences industry as well as bolster the workforce needs of the industry

    MBI Announces 2023 Challenge Grant Recipients

    October 20, 2023 / press release

    MBI's Challenge Grants program aims to increase the diversity of the life sciences workforce

    MBI Pilot Biomanufacturing Center’s Grand Opening: Jon Weaver’s Remarks

    October 18, 2023 / blog

    MBI President & CEO Jon Weaver's speech at the Grand Opening of MBI's pilot Biomanufacturing Center.

    MBI Gallery: The Evolution of Incubation and Innovation

    October 3, 2023 / blog

    Take a look at the evolution of incubation and innovation in Worcester and how MBI has grown over the years.

    MBI Receives U.S. Small Business Administration 2023 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition Stage Two Award

    September 25, 2023 / press release

    MBI will receive $150,000 in prize money to implement Growth Accelerator Partnerships to support innovation

    Building with Biology: The Economic Acceleration of Central Massachusetts with a Bioindustrial Manufacturing Technology Hub

    September 12, 2023 / blog

    The Blackstone River Valley in Central Massachusetts was the birthplace of the industrial revolution. Nearly 250 years later, Worcester can be a leader in the new technology driven revolution of the next century, bioindustrial manufacturing. To spur this effort, a consortium of industry leaders and academic institutions, led by MBI, has applied for a grant from the U.S. EDA to accelerate this initiative and declare Worcester as a Regional Technology and Innovation Hub.

    Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI) to Receive $375,000 from Graduate Company, Biocytogen, for Pilot Biomanufacturing Center

    September 11, 2023 / press release

    MBI launched its “Blue Beaker Campaign” last month to raise $6 million to support development of the Center

    Lunch & Learn – “Go Fund Yourself”

    August 9, 2023 / event
    Event Details:
    Location: 17 Briden Street, Worcester
    Date: August 9, 2023
    Start Time: 12:00 pm
    End Time: 1:00 pm

    Join MBI and our friends in venture capital, angel investment, and SBIR grants for a conversation about funding your startup. Open to all, registration required.

    Worcester looks to become a drug manufacturing hub

    Published in: Boston Business Journal
    July 27, 2023 / media coverage

    “We’ve been trying to work on promoting a regional biomanufacturing cluster since like 2013,” said Jon Weaver, president and CEO of the Worcester-based biotech incubator Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives. “It’s really taken off in the last couple of years.”

    Beers & Peers

    July 13, 2023 / event
    Event Details:
    Location: 17 Briden Street, Worcester
    Date: July 13, 2023
    Start Time: 4:30 pm
    End Time: 6:30 pm

    Join MBI and resident companies for networking and socializing. Open to all.

    Annual Summer Cookout

    June 28, 2023 / event
    Event Details:
    Location: 17 Briden Street, Worcester
    Date: June 28, 2023
    Start Time: 12:00 pm

    Meet other MBI companies and kick off summer at our annual cookout. MBI companies only.

    MBI launches $6M capital campaign for new Pilot Biomanufacturing Center

    Published in: Worcester Business Journal
    June 22, 2023 / media coverage

    Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, a Worcester-based bioscience and technology incubator, has launched a $6-million capital campaign to build out its Pilot Biomanufacturing Center.

    Masis Professional Group Vendor Lunch

    June 14, 2023 / event
    Event Details:
    Location: 17 Briden Street, Worcester
    Date: June 14, 2023
    Start Time: 12:00 pm
    End Time: 1:00 pm

    Join MPG to meet the team and see how their staffing team can build up your growing startup company with qualified employees. MBI companies only.

    New Worcester angel investment group seeks to fund startups

    Published in: Worcester Business Journal
    June 1, 2023 / media coverage

    “Central Massachusetts has seen an explosion of venture and angel-funded startups in the past five years,” Jon Weaver, president and CEO of the Worcester incubator Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, said in the press release. “We’re thrilled to see the Wire Group recognizing that market and adding an additional option to capitalize these exciting startups in the region.”

    SBA Announces 2023 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition Stage One Winners

    Published in: Globe Newswire
    May 17, 2023 / media coverage

    Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives received a Phase I award for the SBA's Growth Accelerator Fund Competition

    2023 Power 50: Jon Weaver

    Published in: Worcester Business Journal
    May 1, 2023 / media coverage

    Jon Weaver
    Title- President & CEO
    Company - Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, in Worcester
    Residence - Sturbridge
    College - Assumption University in Worcester

    Healey-Driscoll Administration and Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Announce Expanded Public-Private Initiative to Support Diverse Entrepreneurs

    Published in: Mass.gov
    April 19, 2023 / press release

    “Lifesaving technologies start with a Founder and an idea. MLSC's MassNextGen program empowers a new, diverse group of Founders and prepares them for the challenging road between products and patients. We're proud to support this program and these talented entrepreneurs.”

    Building out a bioscience startup ecosystem

    Published in: Worcester Business Journal
    April 17, 2023 / media coverage

    Jon Weaver, the president and CEO of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, a life sciences incubator in Worcester, sees Central Massachusetts as ripe for investment in life sciences because the talent is here and the space is available for a more reasonable price compared to Boston and Cambridge. He sees what happened in Kendall Square as a blueprint for what can happen in other communities.

    Worcester, Lowell Eyed As Next Big Life Sciences Clusters As Costs Rise In Urban Core

    Published in: Bisnow
    April 6, 2023 / media coverage

    As Boston’s life sciences market continue to grow to meet the demand of the companies moving to the region, unexpected clusters are beginning to form in areas where the cost of development and living is significantly lower.

    Building a Vibrant Biotech Startup Home in Central Massachusetts

    Published in: eLabNext News
    March 27, 2023 / media coverage

    Far from the long shadow cast by Boston, Central Massachusetts, particularly the city of Worcester, has grown into a robust and vibrant biotech hub of its own.

    QCC, Worcester State receive MBI grants to diversify, educate life science workforce

    Published in: Worcester Business Journal
    February 15, 2023 / media coverage

    The focus of MBI's Challenge Grants is to help translate, promote collaboration, and create opportunities for new and diverse populations to join the growing industry.

    Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI) Announces 2022 Challenge Grant Recipients

    February 14, 2023 / press release

    MBI Increasing Diversity in STEM Challenge Grants & Workforce Challenge Grants fund programs that increase the diversity of the life sciences workforce

    Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI), the longest-running life sciences incubator in the Commonwealth, last week announces the recipients of its 2022 Increasing Diversity in STEM & Workforce Challenge Grants. MBI’s Increasing Diversity in STEM Challenge Grants and Workforce Challenge Grants help fund programs that increase the diversity of the life sciences workforce while also solving the industry’s future workforce needs.

    Local colleges receive grants to promote diversity in life science research

    Published in: Spectrum News
    February 9, 2023 / media coverage

    [MBI] awarded a series of grants Thursday morning to programs that help create a diverse workforce while solving industry needs. The goal of the grants is to promote collaboration and create opportunities for new and diverse populations to join the field.

    International New Year’s Celebration

    January 1, 2023 / event
    Event Details:
    Location: 17 Briden Street, Worcester
    Date: January 1, 2023

    International New Year’s Celebration

    Luis G. Pedraja: Community partnerships strengthen our education system, communities

    Published in: Telegram & Gazette
    September 9, 2022 / media coverage

    [The] innovative entry-level Biomanufacturing On-Ramp Workshop designed in partnership with Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, AbbVie, and most recently funded by a grant from the Mass. Office of Business Development, is helping people to upskill or reskill so they can enter the biomanufacturing industry pipeline, an industry increasing exponentially in our region.

    Boston, Worcester rank in top 25 US metro areas for life science research talent, study says

    Published in: MassLive
    July 19, 2022 / media coverage

    “Massachusetts is lucky to be home to multiple world class biotech cities. Worcester and Cambridge complement each other to make Massachusetts the destination for life sciences,”

    Worcester Named Top 25 US Metro Area for Life Sciences Research Talent

    July 19, 2022 / press release

    Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI) announced today that a recent report from CBRE titled Life Sciences Research Talent 2022 ranked Worcester the 15th best market in the US for life sciences research talent. The report attributes the success of the top 25 major metro areas to their proximity to highly educated talent and significant concentration of life sciences research. The report specifically highlights Worcester’s proximity to Boston/Cambridge, which ranked first.

    Worcester is key and fertile ground in Mass. life sciences ‘ecosystem’

    Published in: Boston Globe
    June 12, 2022 / media coverage

    MBI's Letter to the editor in response to the article "Greater Boston’s biotech industry has spilled out all over the region, leading some to ask: How much is too much?"

    Jon Weaver: Investing in biotech and hope in Massachusetts

    Published in: The EU Telegram and Gazette
    June 7, 2022 / media coverage

    The past few years has put a spotlight on the importance of life saving medicines that was already obvious for those saved by a lifesaving cancer therapeutic or life altering medicine for chronic pain. The product of biotech innovation saves lives.

    However, behind that curative moment is a decade of development, billions in investment, and the choice by an innovative entrepreneur to try. The cost, timeline, and risk involved in bringing drugs to market would be prohibitive, if not so lucrative.

    Business Matters: Central Mass. By the Numbers

    Published in: Telegram & Gazette
    May 27, 2022 / media coverage

    MBI has worked with local and state partners to develop Worcester as a life sciences cluster and success from that initiative has come faster than initially thought.

    Bigger and Better: Merck, MBI, Element Add New Jobs and Facilities

    Published in: BioSpace
    May 27, 2022 / media coverage

    Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday for its new biomedical center located at 17 Briden Street, Worcester, MA.

    With expansion of MBI’s biomed center, state and city say Worcester rises on biotech scene

    Published in: Telegram & Gazette
    May 26, 2022 / media coverage

    "I hold (Worcester) up as the example because you are the model," Turner said. "You're absolutely the model that I want to see spread out to places like Lawrence and Lowell and Pittsfield and Lee."

    MUNICIPAL MATTERS

    Published in: Commonwealth Magazine
    May 26, 2022 / media coverage

    The expansion of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives’ biomedical center marks a step in making the Worcester area a new hub for life sciences companies. (Telegram & Gazette)

    Groundbreaking ceremony for MBI’s new lab space in Worcester

    Published in: MassLive
    May 25, 2022 / media coverage

    Photo release from MBI's Pilot Biomanufacturing Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

    MBI incubator to expand again, following $7M Briden St. purchase

    Published in: Worcester Business Journal
    May 25, 2022 / media coverage

    Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives will break ground Wednesday morning on an expanded biomanufacturing center in Worcester after purchasing the property for more than $7.1 million.

    Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Break Ground Biomanufacturing Center Expansion in Worcester

    Published in: Boston Real Estate Times
    May 25, 2022 / media coverage

    The expansion will add 10 new Biomanufacturing Labs to support early-stage clinical companies in process development and early-stage manufacturing.

    Life science in Worcester is flourishing. Where does the industry go from here?

    Published in: Telegram & Gazette
    May 11, 2022 / media coverage

    "We like to say we have ‘Woomentum’ and I think the city is at a pretty exciting time," he said. "It’s just not going to be possible to contain the industry sustainably within I-95. It’s already at (Interstate) 495, it’s now in Worcester, and frankly as it continues to grow there’s going to be more need for Worcester to provide more space. The city’s on fire."

    2022 Power 50: Jon Weaver

    Published in: Worcester Business Journal
    May 2, 2022 / media coverage

    You’d never know it, but I bike the entire Cape Cod Rail Trail a couple times each summer.

    QCC using state grant to help push students into biomanufacturing

    Published in: Worcester Business Journal
    April 27, 2022 / media coverage

    The grant comes from Worcester incubator Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, along with the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, according to a Tuesday press release.

    Jon Weaver: Investing in biotech and hope in Massachusetts

    Published in: Telegram & Gazette
    April 8, 2022 / media coverage

    Thousands of Massachusetts residents rely on the ongoing success of the biopharmaceutical industry. Innovation helps drive our local job market and state economy, and gives patients access to crucial medical care.

    Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI)

    May 2, 2007 / press release

    Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI) and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) to break ground on MBI’s Biomanufacturing Center Expansion in Worcester
    Expansion will support growing life sciences companies in Central Massachusetts from Concept to Clinical Trials
    Worcester, MA (May 25, 2022) - Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI), and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) today kicked-off the expansion of MBI’s Biomanufacturing Center by breaking through a wall in the existing space.