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Boston, Massachusetts (4/1/2024) – BioConnects New England (BCNE) announces the release of its 2023 Impact Report, showcasing a year of success and growth of the multi-state coalition. BCNE 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.

The report highlights the achievements and goals of the coalition that, since its inception, has secured the commitment of over 40 partners who recognize the imperative of investing in biomanufacturing and reaching out to communities that have historically been excluded from opportunities in the life sciences.

Among the milestones included in the 14-page Impact Report are:

  • An Inaugural Community Leadership Summit, in partnership with the City of Lynn, MA, focusing on awareness about educational and career prospects in biomanufacturing and biotech in Lynn;
  • A collaboration with the Northeastern University Law Community Business Clinic on a project to help community biology lab and maker space LynnLab, Inc. achieve its 501© (3) status;
  • A partnership with Thermo Fisher Scientific and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, introducing 8th-grade students to career opportunities in the life sciences at the Junior Achievement of Greater Boston’s JA Inspire exposition held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston;
  • Two partnership webinars, attracting more than 100 registrants interested in the coalition’s mission and programs; and
  • The announcement that graduates of the Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute’s Gloucester Biotechnology Academy who are accepted to Northeastern University will be eligible to receive up to 11 transfer credits towards a Bachelor of Science in the biotechnology program.

READ: BCNE’s 2023 Impact Report

The Impact Report also catalogs the opinion and thought leadership articles authored by BCNE Co-Lead Dr. Jared Auclair, appearing in several high-ranking publications over the past year, such as Banker and Tradesman, Boston Business Journal, CommonWealth Magazine, and the Association of American Law Schools Digest.

Future plans outlined in the Impact Report include the establishment of multiple pilot sites dubbed “Centers of Excellence” in targeted regions across New England; these regional epicenters will provide training and upskilling in biomanufacturing and will be led by higher education partners equipped with certificate/credentialing programs, with the assistance of community partners with close connections to residents, and workforce boards skilled in job placement and recruitment.

“The strides we’ve made in the past year are not just a reflection of our commitment to creating a strong and inclusive biomanufacturing cluster in New England, but also that of our partners,” said Dr. Jared Auclair, co-director of BioConnects New England as well as interim Dean of Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University vice provost of research and economic development, and director of bioinnovation at Northeastern. “Over the next year and far beyond, we hope to further extend our reach and maximize the impact that this strong coalition has made since its inception.”

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.