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BioConnects New England and Middlesex Community College Announce Partnership

By March 25, 2022No Comments

BioConnects New England (BCNE) and Middlesex Community College 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 Middlesex Community College 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 Middlesex Community College agree to foster research and development collaboration on a range of projects. Middlesex Community College is also committed to working collaboratively to develop a regional center for biotechnology at community colleges, collaborating on the dissemination of core curriculum to community colleges by sharing its Massachusetts Life Sciences Education Consortium (MLSEC)-endorsed curriculum with other community college participants, acting as an industry liaison for the development of new curriculum and scaling up MCC’s successful Learn & Earn model, and providing training and/or mentoring to other community college program faculty and access to its state-of-the-art Biotechnology Lab for this purpose.

“There is much synergy between BioConnects New England and Middlesex Community College, and our partnership will leverage resources to increase opportunities in biomanufacturing, especially for women and people of color,” said Jared Auclair, Ph.D., an associate dean at Northeastern University and director of their Biopharmaceutical Analysis Training Lab and co-lead of BioConnects New England.

“We’re excited to get to work with BioConnects New England,” said Kathleen Sweeney, Ed.D., dean of STEM at Middlesex Community College.  “This initiative will allow us to introduce students to the varied possibilities of a career in the life sciences industry, as well as give them all the training and tools they need to succeed.”

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 in Portland. 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 MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Middlesex Community College provides access to affordable and flexible education for a diverse community from all ethnic backgrounds and identities, preparing individuals for success in transferring to four-year institutions and directly entering the workforce, and supporting lifelong learning.  Middlesex Community College promotes academic excellence, provides workforce development opportunities, and empowers all learners to become productive and socially responsible members of their local and global communities. Middlesex Community College puts the student first, meeting each learner where they are with a safe, welcoming and engaging place to learn. With campuses in Bedford and Lowell, Massachusetts, Middlesex Community College offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs – plus hundreds of noncredit courses – with flexible course formats and a variety of award-winning student support services and resources.