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March 31, 2022

BioConnects creates partnership to improve Latinx opportunities

Photo | Courtesy of WPI BioConnects New England has received $500,000 in federal funding for its efforts.

BioConnects New England, a multi-state biotech coalition of which Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a member, partnered with Latinos in Bio, a Massachusetts nonprofit focused on creating opportunities for Latinx in biotech industries.

Through this partnership, the two organizations aim to accelerate the growth and sustainability of the life sciences industry in New England through academic excellence and strategic programming while also reaching out to the Latinx populations in local communities, according to a Thursday press release by BioConnects.

The BioConnects coalition is funded through a grant by the U.S. Economic Development Administration and is led by Northeastern University in Boston.

“Partnering with Latinos in Bio will enhance BioConnects New England’s efforts in reaching a critical audience with which to discuss biomanufacturing opportunities,” said Jared Auclair, an associate dean at Northeastern University and co-lead of BioConnects New England. “Both organizations will be able to assist the other in communicating their purpose and advancing their mission.”

BioConnects New England members include WPI, The Biopharmaceutical Analysis Training Laboratory at Northeastern University, The Roux Institute at Northeastern University in Maine, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center in Waltham, Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute, the I-195 Design & Innovation District in Providence, the University of Rhode Island, and FocusMaine.

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