Grants to account lab renovations, apparatus and formulation for village colleges and vocational schools, and enlargement of life sciences ability during MGHPCC
HOLYOKE – Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick and a Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) currently announced some-more than $9 million in grants for life-sciences-related collateral projects in Western Massachusetts, including $3.8 million to support a origination of a Center for Life Sciences during Holyoke Community College (HCC), and $4.54 million that will concede a Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) in Holyoke to raise a ability for life sciences-related investigate and information analysis. Through a Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Massachusetts is investing $1 billion over 10 years in a expansion of a state’s life sciences supercluster. These investments are being done underneath Governor Patrick’s Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative.
“Supporting origination propels a economy brazen and prepares a adults for a 21st century tellurian marketplace,” pronounced Governor Patrick. “Our origination economy relies on a well-educated, well-skilled workforce, and these grants will raise event and grow jobs in communities via a Commonwealth.”
“Our Administration is committed to investing in origination opposite a state, including a life sciences attention in Western Massachusetts,” pronounced Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “These collateral plan investments will raise research, workforce training and pursuit creation, raise opportunities to rise softened medicine and support a region’s long-term mercantile growth.”
“Schools like Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College play critical roles in training a subsequent era of a state’s life sciences workforce, and they safeguard that training for origination economy jobs is thorough and accessible all opposite a state,” pronounced Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, President CEO of a MLSC. “Our grants assistance safeguard that these schools can yield students in Western Massachusetts with best training comforts “Our extend to a MGHPCC leverages before investments by a state and 5 of a tip universities by expanding a MGHPCC’s ability to make modernized computing accessible to a life sciences community.”
The largest extend awarded currently went to a MGHPCC. This investment will build on an infrastructure for large-scale information investigate that is already in place in Holyoke and was combined by a clever partnership among academia, attention and a Commonwealth. Boston University, Harvard University, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University and a University of Massachusetts have teamed with Astra-Zeneca, Pfizer, Merck, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, EMC and IBM, among others, to emanate this computing resource. The MLSC appropriation of $4.54 million will concede a MGHPCC to emanate a cloud-based apparatus for data-driven biology.
“As with other systematic disciplines, find and origination in a life sciences are contingent on high-performance computing,” pronounced John Goodhue, Executive Director of a MGHPCC. “This investment will leverage the capabilities of a MGHPCC and a university partners to strengthen the state’s position as a personality in life sciences research, an critical motorist of the Massachusetts economy. The MLSC’s investment will also supplement a new dimension to a ongoing partnership between a MGHPCC and western Massachusetts business and educational institutions.”
“Biomedical sciences are in a midst of a series where many of a hurdles are apropos large-scale information problems,” said Manuel Garber, Associate Professor in a Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology during a University of Massachusetts Medical School. “The investment in this mechanism complement will intrepidity a state of Massachusetts as a personality in a growth of computational methods to know and a catalytic force in requesting these discoveries to urge health care.”
HCC was postulated $3.8 million to support a restoration of 13,000 block feet of lab space and a origination of a Center for Life Sciences. This will embody a purify room for a biological sciences, that will be a usually purify room in Western Massachusetts to support training for students, expertise and attention partners.
“The significance of village colleges in providing entrance to life sciences preparation for minority, low-income and first-generation students can't be overstated,” pronounced HCC President William F. Messner. “This extend will capacitate us to raise a partnerships and settle a plain tube from high school, to college, to a workforce. It will concede HCC to strengthen articulations with Mount Holyoke and Smith College and boost a series of women in life sciences fields. It will yield a college with a resources compulsory to support a attention partners, and safeguard a curriculum aligns with their needs and equips a graduates with a believe and skills they need to pursue serve preparation or enter a workforce.”
“This plan during Holyoke Community College is positively essential for informal life scholarship mercantile development,” pronounced Steve Richter, President Scientific Director of Microtest Labs in Agawam. “The size of this plan adds to a force compulsory for genuine change and pursuit development. The concentration on microbiology and purify room record creates value for students and industry. The medical device, biotech and compounding pharmacies will advantage from destiny graduates.”
The MLSC also awarded dual formulation grants to educational institutions in a region. These grants concede institutions to introduce and rise studies in sequence to serve brand what forms of life sciences resources would be many useful to them:
- Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) was awarded $150,000, that will be used to refurbish a apparatus and labs to align with a needs of life sciences companies. MLSC appropriation will concede STCC to control a investigate to brand a many suitable apparatus that will best broach a life sciences preparation heading to practice in a field.
- Bay Path College in Longmeadow recently perceived a $2 million extend from a U.S. Department of Education directed during improving undergraduate tyro retention, ancillary curricular redesign, expertise veteran development, and tyro educational and career support services. The MLSC formulation extend of $50,000 will capacitate Bay Path College to rivet pivotal stakeholders from a life sciences industry, workforce development, and educational institutions to brand a collateral needs and other resources indispensable to entirely exercise this beginning in a sciences during Bay Path College.
“STCC applauds Governor Patrick and a Massachusetts Life Sciences Center for their investment in life sciences education,” pronounced Dr. Lisa Rapp, Chair of STCC’s Biotechnology Department. “STCC’s formulation extend will concede a college to establish that collateral resources we many need to emanate and allow up-to-date, industry-aligned, training laboratories to teach and sight a learned life sciences workforce for a Commonwealth.”
“We have always been manageable to a workforce growth needs of a region. As Bay Path continues to deposit and grow a programs in a life sciences, a formulation contingency be conducted in partnership with a life sciences attention in Massachusetts where a students are many expected to pursue careers, thereby ensuring their success and also enabling a attention as a whole to flourish,” pronounced Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Bay Path College.
In December, 2012, Lieutenant Governor Murray and a MLSC announced a turn of apparatus and supply grants for vocational and technical high schools and open high schools in gateway cities, with a thought of furthering STEM education. High schools in Western Massachusetts perceived some-more than $500,000 toward lab restoration and equipment. The 6 schools in Western Massachusetts, a city or city in that they are located, and a volume of their particular grants are as follows:
About a Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is a quasi-public group of a Commonwealth of Massachusetts tasked with implementing a Massachusetts Life Sciences Act, a 10-year, $1-billion beginning that was sealed into law in Jun of 2008. The MLSC’s goal is to emanate jobs in a life sciences and support critical systematic investigate that will urge a tellurian condition. This work includes creation financial investments in open and private institutions that are advancing life sciences research, growth and commercialization as good as building ties among sectors of a Massachusetts life sciences community. For some-more information, visitwww.masslifesciences.com.