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State Secretary of Education Matthew Malone is scheduled to join state and local officials Thursday for groundbreaking of the Westfield State University's $33 million science center. As the first new academic building on campus in three decades, the center will be 54,000-square feet and house state-of-the-art science laboratories, simulation labs for nursing and health science programs, and a technology-rich, interactive classroom that will serve a variety of academic departments.(Read Full Article)
The Monsanto Co. has donated a unique plant cell library and related equipment valued at more than $1 million to the University of Massachusetts for research. The library contains tissues and cells from 3,500 plant species and is considered to be one of the largest plant cell collections in the world, according to a press release. University and company officials state that the collection of materials does not contain any genetically modified organisms, but rather comprises natural plant materials from around the world, according to the press release. Millions have protested Monsanto's use of genetically modified organisms.(Read Full Article)
University of Massachusetts computer scientist Benjamin Marlin has received a five-year, $536,527 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grant to develop machine learning-based tools for analyzing large-scale clinical and mobile health (mHealth) data. "Machine Learning for Complex Health Data Analytics," is designed to help health researchers handle what he calls a data revolution, according to a UMass release(Read Full Article)
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announced the launch of the fourth round of an open solicitation for life-sciences-related capital projects. The solicitation covers capital projects for academic/research institutions (including two- and four-year colleges), business incubators, and other not-for-profit organizations in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center will invest in high-potential economic-development projects across the state that promise to create jobs and make a significant contribution to the state’s life-sciences ecosystem. The MLSC has allocated up to $35 million in capital dollars for this solicitation.(Read Full Article)
“The Life Sciences Center has invested or committed over $370 million, literally from Cape Cod to the Berkshires, in support of life sciences capital projects,” said Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President & CEO of the MLSC. “Through these investments we are creating unique resources to strengthen our life sciences ecosystem, expand our workforce, create new jobs and cement Massachusetts' position as the global leader in life sciences. We look forward to receiving additional innovative proposals through this year's solicitation.”(Read Full Article)
Nuclea Biotechnologies today announced that its subsidiary, Nuclea Diagnostics, has met the requirements from the Food and Drug Administration for its Fatty Acid Synthase Immunohistochemistry Kit as a Class I in vitro diagnostic device. Fatty acid synthase is used to measure the metabolism of cells in both oncology and metabolic diseases, according to a news release.(Read Full Article)
Microtest Labs in Agawam has been sold to ATS Labs Inc., a Minnesota company itself owned by private equity firm Ampersand Capital Partners. The sales price was not disclosed. Microtest Labs founder and scientific director Steven Richter will stay on with the combined company, said ATS spokesman George Kerrick. Microtest has 89 employees, Kerrick said. He said most employees will stay in their current jobs, but some administrative functions like billing will shift to Minnesota. The combined companies will be known as Accuratus Lab Services.(Read Full Article)
A $32 million science laboratory wing is taking shape at Central High School and is due to be completed in December. The project is being financed with $25.6 million in reimbursements from the Massachusetts School Building Authority. That amount represents up to 80 percent of eligible costs. The three-story science wing will include 12 new laboratories and preparation rooms. In addition, the project will include renovation of six existing science labs on the third floor of the high school, installation of a new roof for the entire school and a new sprinkler system. The project is part of a ...(Read Full Article)
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center approves $9.7 million for Berkshire Innovation Center in Pittsfield | masslive.com
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and Gov. Deval Patrick approved Tuesday a $9.7 million grant to build and equip the Berkshire Innovation Center in the William Stanley Business Park here. Outfitted with the latest in clean rooms and three-dimensional printers precise measurement, precision analysis and microscopy, the center will serve as a place for established manufacturers of medical devices to do research and development in lab space they can't afford on their own, said Pittsfield Economic Development Authority executive director Corydon Thurston. It will also serve as incubator space for up-and-coming businesses in the medical-device industry.(Read Full Article)
Paul Stelzer, president of Holyoke-based Appleton Corp., which manages the tech park for its owner, the STCC Assistance Corp., called this series of developments a “win-win-win” scenario, with maybe a few more ‘wins’ as well. He counted Phoenix, the college, the Mason Square area, and the city as a whole among those that will benefit from these projects in one way or another, while the Tech Park itself will get a new look and new opportunities to expand its tenant base.(Read Full Article)
“We’re excited about this, because we have the ability to do something good for the community,” Stelzer said ...
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center awards $500,000 to Western New England University for cancer research and development
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announced Friday that it has awarded a $500,000 grant to Western New England University to fund equipment related to cancer drug research and development. Administrators, faculty, students and city officials gathered at the university on Wilbraham Road to praise the state-funded grant presented by the center’s president and chief executive officer, Susan Windham-Bannister. A key strategy of the statewide capital grant program is to promote academic and private sector collaboration in the life sciences, and the Western New England University grant is a “great example” of that initiative, Windham-Bannister said. "Cancer is something ...(Read Full Article)
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to make 'major grant announcement' for Western New England University
Officials from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) on Friday will announce details of a capital grant for Western New England University. "It will be a major grant announcement," said David Stawasz, assistant vice president for marketing communications at the Springfield university.(Read Full Article)
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has announced the launch of the 2014-2015 Internship Challenge. The workforce development program, first launched in 2009, creates hundreds of new paid internship opportunities each year throughout Massachusetts. Eligible college students and recent graduates can apply online through the MLSC’s website for an internship with one of over 300 life sciences companies registered to host interns. Companies review candidates through a web-based interface in which they can match skills with their needs. Upon conclusion of the internship, the MLSC reimburses companies for stipends paid to their interns.(Read Full Article)
Nuclea Biotechnologies, a developer and maker of diagnostic tests for cancer and diabetes, hopes to move manufacturing operations from Cambridge to the Berkshires. The new location would be near Nuclea's current headquarters in what was once General Electric's sprawling Pittsfield manufacturing complex. Today it is the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority property now known as the William Stanley Business Park.(Read Full Article)
The Energy Literacy Project will introduce 20 teachers and 450 children to “new approaches to scientific learning to observation, inference and verification that will reinvigorate a child’s natural curiosity in the scientific world,” according to a press release. Hitchcock Executive Director Julie Johnson said, “This is really a timely new curriculum.” The children will learn and then help spread their knowledge to their families, she said.(Read Full Article)
Elms College is getting ready to open their new Center for Natural and Health Sciences. The 22,000 square foot building has a research laboratory, multiple lecture halls and several other labs for biology, chemistry and nursing students.
School officials told 22News the new facility will better prepare their students for careers in nursing, science and computer information technology.(Read Full Article)
This renews scientists and clinicians in their efforts to find strategies to prevent and treat breast cancer, even when one finds the path difficult. The combined efforts of advocates and researchers have resulted in well-developed tools and resources that make breast cancer a model for understanding many other cancers. It also represents the opportunities that are possible when the patient community is an active part of research, energizing and guiding priorities. The Advocacy Council, that is part of the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research, plays a pivotal role fostering innovative research here in Western Massachusetts.(Read Full Article)
A new test that utilizes zebrafish embryos to screen plastics, composites and polymers for toxicity in medical device manufacturing developed by Microtest Laboratories will be featured at AMI’s Medical Grade Polymer 2013 technical conference in September. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires testing to assess medical device toxicology and describes which situations may trigger the need for manufacturers to repeat testing or undertake new programs. The dynamics of such testing are rapidly evolving,” according to a news release from Steven Richter, Ph.D., president and scientific director of Microtest Laboratories and a former FDA official.(Read Full Article)
David Pinsky, P.E., President and Chief Executive Officer of Westfield’s engineering firm Tighe and Bond Inc., was appointed to Boston’s American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) board of directors. In this newly elected role, Pinsky will serve as secretary for fiscal year 2014.(Read Full Article)
On June 6, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced two
grants made by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to the University of
Massachusetts (“UMass”) and Baystate Health that total over $100 million.
The UMass grant will fit out a new science building with
three research centers:
- Personalized Health Monitoring, focused on
developing nanotechnology and large dataset management to improve health care
through low-cost, wearable, wireless sensors that analyze patient data
continuously in real time. Biomanufacturing firms, medical device makers, big
data analysts and other health care industry partners will produce prototypes,
test them and assess manufacturing feasibility.
- Bioactive Delivery, focused on ...
- Personalized Health Monitoring, focused on
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the quasi-public agency tasked with implementing the state’s 10-year, $1-billion Life Sciences Initiative, is accepting applications for the 2013 Life Sciences Tax Incentive Program. All applications are due by noon on Oct. 24 and can be submitted online via the agency's website, masslifesciences.com.(Read Full Article)
Michael Rust, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Western New England University, was recently awarded the Biomedical Engineering Teaching Award from the Biomedical Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. The award recognizes excellence in biomedical engineering educators in their first five years of teaching.(Read Full Article)