December 7, 2015
Power Players: Visionaries

Barbara Finer & Kevin O'Sullivan

Inside Route 128, incubators for early-stage companies are numerous, but in MetroWest and Greater Worcester, the options are far more limited. But two local nonprofit leaders, Kevin O'Sullivan, president and CEO of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives in Worcester, and Barbara Finer, CEO of TechSandBox in Hopkinton, have been pioneers on the incubation frontier and are leading ongoing efforts to increase resources to help local startups thrive.

O'Sullivan heads up incubation for the biotech industry at Gateway Park facilities in Worcester, and he's looking toward what he believes is Worcester's biggest life sciences opportunity: biomanufacturing. O'Sullivan pitched Worcester as an ideal hub for small-scale biomanufacturing, showing Gov. Charlie Baker a Union Street building to possibly convert.

Meanwhile, Finer opened TechSandBox two years ago to provide startup office space and professional development programs to people starting their own ventures in the technology sector. An incubator in the MetroWest tech cluster was something Finer had long envisioned, knowing that many industry professionals would prefer to skip the long commute to Boston if they had the resources. Today, TechSandBox is nestled in a Hopkinton office park near major technology companies, like EMC Corp. and is host to several tenants as well as a number of popular events.

Read about other Central Massachusetts Power Players

Change Agents: Executives bringing their organizations to new heights

Visionaries: Forward thinkers pushing to realize the promises of the future

Politicos: Public officials leveraging their positions to further business development

Fresh Faces: Newcomers to Central Massachusetts with refreshing perspectives and ideas

Inner Circle: Long-time players who continue to have a significant role in new developments

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