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Employment Outlook for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Industry

 

The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) today released its 5th annual Life Sciences Employment Outlook, in collaboration with TEConomy Partners, which provides an overview of employment supply and demand in the Massachusetts life sciences industry. The report also brings together insights and implications from the data to inform the efforts of MassBioEd and other state education and workforce training leaders going forward.

Key findings include:

  • In 2020, state life sciences companies employed more than 89,000, an employment base which has grown by 67% over the last decade.
  • Extrapolating from historical employment growth leads to an increase of approximately 5,000 new jobs each year through 2024, adding 20,000 employees for a total expected employment of over 109,000 by the end of 2024.
  • Massachusetts college and university graduates are more concentrated in life science degree fields than their counterparts nationally (associate’s level and above).
  • Double-digit growth rates for Massachusetts’ college and university graduates over the last four years in nearly all leading life sciences fields is especially encouraging.

Key findings will be presented in detail at the 6th Annual Life Sciences Workforce Conference on June 2nd, 2021, an event uniquely devoted to bringing together the life sciences industry and academia to discuss training of the next generation of leaders.

 

 

Sneak peek of four innovative facilities in Massachusetts

 

During the 2021 BIO Digital conference, four Massachusetts companies provide tours of their innovative facilities followed by a thoughtful panel discussion with leaders from the ecosystem. Don't miss this opportunity.

Tuesday, June 15, 8-9:00 a.m.
Tour Session 1: Biomanufacturing and Beyond in Massachusetts, the State of Possible - featuring tours from Resilience and Lykan Bioscience

Wednesday, June 16, 8-9:00 a.m.
Tour Session 2: How Emerging Science from Massachusetts Improves Patient Lives Worldwide - featuring tours from Lyndra Therapeutics and Mustang Bio.

 

 

 

Opportunities to engage

 

The MLSC is a proud sponsor of MALSI+ 2021, connecting scientific innovators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and investors to celebrate the many ways Massachusetts leads the nation in bringing translational science to the market. Register for the virtual conference on July 22. 

Interested in ways to engage before July 22, check out the MALSI Hub Cures Bi-weekly Speakers Series:

 

 

 

 

 

 

$22.4 Million in Committed Funding Announced for LabCentral 238

 

Last week, MLSC President and CEO Kenn Turner joined Housing & Economic Development Secretary and MLSC Board Co-Chair Mike Kennealy and LabCentral officials for the announcement of new commitments from Thermo Fisher and Waters Corp to support LabCentral 238. These new sponsors bring the total committed funding of the project to $22.4 million.
 
Thermo Fisher Scientific and Waters Corporation join Astellas and the MLSC as sponsors of the fully functional life sciences laboratory with a focus on scale-up bio-manufacturing. In 2019, the MLSC announced a $5 million grant to LabCentral to fund this new resource for the life sciences industry and the local bio-economy. LabCentral 238 is currently under construction and is expected to open in November 2021.
 
The announcement event, which took place at LabCentral’s main facility at 700 Main Street in Cambridge, MA, also provided a spotlight to LabCentral Ignite, a new initiative with the goal of enhancing regional biotech innovation by stimulating a robust pipeline of diverse, qualified talent.
 
Read the announcement from LabCentral.
Watch the recording of the announcement event.

 

 

 

New Phase 2 Groups Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

 

Last week, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the next Phase 2 groups are eligible to get the vaccine. This includes people age 65-plus, residents and staff of affordable senior housing, and people with two-plus certain medical conditions (including asthma).

Details for booking can be found via the COVID-19 Vaccine Finder, which enables residents to search for a vaccination location and view appointment availability before scheduling. The tool can be accessed via the state’s vaccination website at www.mass.gov/COVIDvaccine.
 
The vaccine is safe, free and effective. It went through rigorous testing and followed the safety protocols used for all vaccines. When it's your turn, Trust the Facts, Get the Vax.

 

 

Apply Today: Upcoming Program Deadlines

 

Women's Health Innovation Grants (Deadline: March 12, 2021) to support translational research in women’s health and gender biology that will ultimately lead to commercial opportunities that address the lack of innovative technologies.

STEM Equipment and Professional Development Grants (Deadline: March 31, 2021) grants awarded to further advance and expand life sciences education at Massachusetts public high schools and middle schools through implementation of project and inquiry-based curriculum. 

Internship Challenge (applications accepted on a rolling basis) creates internship opportunities for college students interest in pursuing a career in the industry. students studying or living in the state, as well as students enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, are eligible to apply.

Data Science Internship (applications accepted on a rolling basis) creates new internship opportunities for qualified candidates at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels by enabling research institutions and small life sciences companies to hire paid interns for up to six months.

High School Apprenticeship Challenge (applications accepted on a rolling basis) facilitates and funds paid internships for underrepresented and economically disadvantaged high school students by subsidizing intern wages for small life sciences companies and academic researchers.

Seed Fund (applications accepted on a rolling basis) to advance innovative and promising life science companies in targeted geographies throughout the Commonwealth.

 

 

Stay Virtually Engaged

 

2021 Koch Institute Image Awards: Join us for the virtual opening of the 2021 Image Awards exhibition. On the tenth anniversary of the dedication of MIT’s Koch Institute research facility, peek inside our labs to glimpse new imagery that illuminates the scientific enterprise. Hear the stories behind this year’s award-winning visuals as we kick off our year-long celebration of the people, projects, and promise of integrative cancer research. March 4, 2021, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Transitioning to Leader, For New Managers: Provides participants with a clear understanding of the leader-manager they aim to be and the essential skills and strategies to help them get there. Approaches to effective communication and how to foster collaboration among teams, both remotely and in-person are discussed. March 8-12, 9-11:30 a.m.
 
Panel 3: Enhanced Strategies to Increase Diversity: The Education Development Center, the MLSC, and MassBioEd are convening a free, four-part panel series focused on growing and diversifying the state’s future Data Science workforce. This panel session will will focus on addressing a key component critical to the development of a strategic plan to extend and expand the early-stage Data Science pipeline. March 10, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.

 

 


 

 

Enhanced strategies to increase diversity in the Data Science workforce
Given that a core strategy for growing the Data Science workforce is to increase its diversity, what have we learned from recent experience that might inform best practices?
 
Education Development Center (EDC), in partnership with the MLSC and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd), has convened a free, four-part online panel series focused on growing and diversifying the state’s Data Science workforce.
 
Each panel is addressing a key component in extending and expanding the early-stage Data Science pipeline. Join us for the latest gathering on Feb. 10 for a discussion on enhanced strategies to increase diversity.
 
MLSC President and CEO Kenn Turner will play the role of moderator for the panel, which will also include Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger, Bottom Line Executive Director Ginette Saimprevil, Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color Executive Director and Founding Member Ron Walker, and AnitaB.org President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson.

Register today.
Apply Today: Upcoming Program Deadlines
Tax Incentive Program (Deadline: Feb. 5, 2021) to create long-term jobs, build a robust workforce, and propel the development of new therapies, devices, and scientific advancements that are improving patient health and well-being.

MassNextGen (Deadline: Feb. 12, 2021) to shift the paradigm to build a diverse ecosystem with equal representation. Supporting women-led early-stage life science companies with non-dilutive grant funding and access to a network of seasoned Executive Coaches.

STEM Equipment and Professional Development Grants (Deadline: March 31, 2021) grants awarded to further advance and expand life sciences education at Massachusetts public high schools and middle schools through implementation of project and inquiry-based curriculum. 

Women's Health Innovation Grants (Deadline: March 12, 2021) to support translational research in women’s health and gender biology that will ultimately lead to commercial opportunities that address the lack of innovative technologies.

Internship Challenge (applications accepted on a rolling basis) creates internship opportunities for college students interest in pursuing a career in the industry. students studying or living in the state, as well as students enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, are eligible to apply.

Data Science Internship (applications accepted on a rolling basis) creates new internship opportunities for qualified candidates at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels by enabling research institutions and small life sciences companies to hire paid interns for up to six months.

High School Apprenticeship Challenge (applications accepted on a rolling basis) facilitates and funds paid internships for underrepresented and economically disadvantaged high school students by subsidizing intern wages for small life sciences companies and academic researchers.

Seed Fund (applications accepted on a rolling basis) to advance innovative and promising life science companies in targeted geographies throughout the Commonwealth.

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