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Updated: December 21, 2020 biotech

People to meet in 2021: Mike O’Brien

Photo | Courtesy of Galaxy Life Sciences Mike O’Brien, CEO of Galaxy Life Sciences
Title: CEO

Company: Galaxy Life Sciences, in Webster
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Most people in Central Massachusetts probably know Galaxy for its retail development arm, which includes Pleasant Valley Crossing in Sutton and the Trolley Yard in Worcester, as well as smaller sites dotting the region.

Behind O’Brien and with the help of Matthew Zicaro, a vice president with life science experience, Galaxy is making a huge bet on Worcester’s future as a place for biomanufacturing. Galaxy started building this fall a $50-million-plus biomanufacturing facility on spec – that is, without a tenant lined up, a rarity in the business – in The Reactory. “With the amount of interest that’s come our way, it may be a matter of just a few months until we know who the tenant is. But with or without it, we’re building,” O’Brien told the WBJ in a podcast in September.

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