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Boston, Massachusetts (4/19/2024)BioConnects New England (BCNE), a multi-state coalition that aims to connect hubs throughout New England to support existing and establish new biomanufacturing infrastructure as a pathway to increase employment and educational opportunities for underserved regions and populations, is actively collaborating with the Nubian Square Ascends Project in the Nubian Square neighborhood in the historically underserved section of Roxbury, located in the heart of Boston.

The transformative development initiative, aimed at revitalizing the Roxbury neighborhood, represents a significant investment in the community, focusing on economic growth, arts, and culture while also connecting residents with job training and employment opportunities in the life science sector.

The collaboration will include other BCNE partners, such as Roxbury Community College, to expand internship and experiential learning opportunities for residents.

“The Nubian Square Ascends Project is poised to become a nexus of science, academic, and medical research, given its location in a key institutional corridor between the Longwood Medical Area and the Boston Medical Center,” said Jared Auclair, co-lead of BCNE, interim dean of Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies, vice provost of Research Economic Development, and director of the Biopharmaceutical Analysis Training Lab at Northeastern University. “It is an outstanding example of urban development that will create employment opportunities, foster neighborhood vitality, and celebrate the community’s diversity.”


BioConnects New England is a multi-state coalition dedicated to creating a robust and inclusive biomanufacturing cluster in the regions of Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island. This coalition connects hubs throughout New England to support existing—and establish new—biomanufacturing infrastructure as a pathway to increase employment and educational opportunities for underserved regions and populations that have been historically excluded from the biotechnology industry, one of the fastest-growing sectors in New England with national importance.

Created through a Phase 1 Finalist grant through the Build Back Better Regional Challenge in 2021, BioConnects New England has grown to include nine coalition members – The Biopharmaceutical Analysis Training Laboratory at Northeastern University, The Roux Institute at Northeastern University in Portland, Maine, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, The I-195 Design and Innovation District in Providence, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Commerce, The University of Rhode Island, and Focus Maine – and over 40 partners across the Northeast.

For more information about BioConnects New England, please email or contact us on LinkedIn.