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Life Sciences Forum

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this special event, and special thanks to all of our speakers and sponsors!

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The Central Mass Advantage

The Life Sciences Industry has seen incredible growth the last decade, and Massachusetts has become a worldwide leader with continued industry growth and expansion underway. While the epicenter of the industry cluster remains in Kendall Square, the state’s strategy calls for the expansion of lab and manufacturing space throughout the state, with the potential for significant growth in Central MA. Worcester, Marlboro and Devens are already well positioned with leading life science companies in their backyard, while other communities in the region are looking to capitalize on the industry’s westward movement. The advantages for companies to expand in Central Massachusetts are significant, including lower cost of land and facilities and access to more affordable housing for employees.


Why Central Mass? A discussion with local industry leaders about the opportunities and impediments to growth they have experienced in Central MA. We’ll also discuss the effect of industry clusters of research and resources, and how that can help recruit life science companies and provide fertile soil for their growth in Central MA.


The Real Estate Story - Where does industry development currently exist? How do we accommodate life sciences growth in Central Mass with limited space? Current obstacles, adaptive reuse, construction projects. Featuring developers/landlords/industry real estate professionals.

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  • Kendalle Burlin O'Connell, Esq.
    President and CEO, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio)

PANEL SESSION I - Why Central Mass?

  • Robert Coughlin
    Managing Director, Life Sciences, JLL
  • William “Bill” Aitchison, PhD
    Senior Vice President, Head of Global Manufacturing, WuXi Biologics
  • Parth Chakrabarti
    Executive Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Business Development, UMass Chan Medical School
  • Patrick Lucy
    President & CEO, Lykan Bioscience
  • Katie O’Neill
    Vice President, Human Resources, Waters Corporation
  • Jon Weaver
    President & CEO, MBI

PANEL SESSION II: The Real Estate Story

  • Greg Bialecki
    Principal, Redgate
  • Meredith Harris
    Executive Director, Marlborough Economic Development Corp (MEDC)
  • Tyson Reynoso
    Managing Director/Partner, King Street Properties
  • Joshua Lee Smith
    Partner, Bowditch
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