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Boston, Massachusetts (12/13/2022) – BioConnects New England (BCNE) introduced 8th grade students from Boston and beyond to career opportunities in the biotechnology/biomanufacturing industry during the recent JA Inspire expo.

Held at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center on December 9thJA Inspire brings together the business community and local schools to help launch middle school students into their future—high school, college, and careers beyond. In partnership with local organizations and businesses representing various industries, JA Inspire encourages students to explore their career options early through dynamic interactions, activities, and booth presentations.

Representatives from BCNE informed students about the biotechnology industry and the biomanufacturing cluster the coalition is building in the regions of Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island, in areas historically excluded from the biotechnology industry.

Students were introduced to the many biotech career pathways one can have with various degree levels, such as a college degree, high school diploma, or specific certifications.

For more information, please visit:  Career pathways in biomanufacturing.

JA Inspire was a great opportunity for us to introduce 8th graders throughout the Boston area to the exciting field of biotechnology and the many careers available,” said Jared Auclair, Northeastern University Vice Provost of Research and Economic Development, Director of Bioinnovation, and co-lead of BioConnects New England. “We were thrilled with students’ level of interest and look forward this next generation’s contributions to the industry.”


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.