Danvers and Lynn, Massachusetts (4/28/2022) – BioConnects New England (BCNE) and North Shore Community College (NSCC) 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 North Shore 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 North Shore Community College agree to foster education collaboration on a range of projects. NSCC will also participate in developing training and curriculum, provide site/space access for training activities, provide staff time to participate in training activities, leverage existing DEI programs for the coalition, leverage community relationships to introduce coalition programming to diverse and disadvantaged communities, support educational events and programming in diverse and disadvantaged communities, and support wrap-around programming, including advising, tutoring, connections to child care, food and housing referral assistance.
“We’re excited to partner with North Shore Community College,” 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. “Through institutions like NSCC, we will be able to create a talent pipeline, increase employment and educational opportunities, and support biomanufacturing jobs.”
“BioConnects New England is working to create more opportunities for students just like ours,” said Dr. William Heineman, president of North Shore Community College. “We are proud to contribute to these efforts and look forward to offering our students even more opportunities as a result of the coalition’s achievements.”
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 NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
North Shore Community College is a public, nonprofit, two-year institution of higher education with campuses in Danvers and Lynn. The college was created by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1965 to serve residents living on the North Shore. NSCC’s campuses, curriculum, and resources are designed to provide pathways for all to access affordable higher education. The college offers over 80 associate degree and certificate programs to approximately 10,000 students each year. NSCC focuses on their students and their students’ success, and the communities in which they serve.