BioConnects New England (BCNE) and GreenLabs Recycling are excited to announce a partnership to create a robust biomanufacturing industry cluster in the New England region.
With this partnership, BioConnects New England and GreenLabs Recycling aim to promote the growth and sustainability of the life sciences industry in New England through academic excellence and strategic programming. Additionally, BioConnects New England and GreenLabs Recycling will work together to facilitate the success of the BioConnects New England regional industry cluster by participating in BioConnects partnership activities (including an annual coalition meeting and assisting with outreach to GreenLabs Recycling local communities); providing the services of collecting non-hazardous lab plastic, such as pipette tip boxes, for recycling locally in Concord, MA.; and sharing internship opportunities.
“We’re very excited to be partnering with GreenLabs Recycling,” said Jared Auclair, Ph.D., Northeastern University vice provost of research and economic development, director of bioinnovation, and co-lead of BioConnects New England. “Their organization brings a vital track record to our sustainability efforts, and we look forward to working together.”
“We are proud to sign on as a partner with BioConnects New England,” said Sam White, CEO of GreenLabs Recycling. “We share in their vision of making biomanufacturing opportunities more accessible and are excited to contribute toward this goal while fulfilling our own mission of manufacturing lab products from the plastic we collect, thus creating a true local circular economy.”
Through its grant challenge sponsored by the Economic Development Administration, BioConnects New England is leveraging its resources in the region to create a robust biomanufacturing industry. Massachusetts-based Northeastern University leads the coalition, which includes 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 & Innovation District in Providence, Rhode Island, the University of Rhode Island, and FocusMaine. The coalition will lead K-12 education and engagement activities, jumpstart prototyping and incubation facilities throughout the region, and invest in accessible start-up entrepreneurship programming.
ABOUT BIOCONNECTS NEW ENGLAND
BioConnects New England is a multi-state coalition and finalist of the Build Back Better Regional Challenge—a $1 billion program sponsored by the Economic Development Administration. Through this initiative, BioConnects New England will create a biomanufacturing cluster in the region of Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island that have been historically excluded from the biotechnology industry, one of the fastest-growing sectors in New England with national importance. This coalition will 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.
ABOUT GREENLABS RECYCLING
GreenLabs Recycling collects and recycles empty pipette tip boxes, conical tube racks, and other non-hazardous plastic items from research facilities in greater Boston. The organization provides locally-based, cost-effective plastic recycling solutions to help make science more sustainable. For more information, please visit https://greenlabsrecycling.com, or scan: