Wednesday was another exciting day at the 2012 BIO International Convention! Check out our day 3 recap video:
10 a.m. Special announcement from Governor Patrick
We started the day with a special announcement from the Governor. Governor Deval Patrick, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and seven global biopharmaceutical companies announced the formation of the Massachusetts Neuroscience Consortium.
Participating companies include:
- Biogen Idec
- EMD Serono
- Janssen Research & Development, LLC
- Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
The Consortium will fund pre-clinical neuroscience at Massachusetts academic and research institutions. Speakers at the event included Governor Patrick, Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, James Hoyes, President of EMD Serono, Jeffrey S. Flier, Dean of Harvard Medical School, and patients representative of those potentially impacted by the research to be conducted through the new collaboration.
Joann D’Amico Stone of Waltham, a patient with MS, shared her story with the audience and said, “My hope with this new collaboration is to some day dance at my son’s wedding.”
Allen Krieger of Lexington, an Alzheimer’s patient and distinguished astrophysicist also shared. He said, “Alzheimer’s has changed my life in a number of ways – I have difficulty finding things, making decisions, and remembering things that used to be routine. I’ve participated in clinical trials and other research to do what I can to help. This consortium is a new and promising approach to advancing Alzheimer’s research through collaboration between the companies and academic institutions that are leading the way in the search for a cure.”
BioSurplus, a California-based company that buys, sells, and auctions used lab equipment, is opening a facility in Boston, according to the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, a quasi-public agency. Link
2. New UMass Accelerator to Focus on Growing Biomanufacturing GEN – 5/14/12
The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Dartmouth will break ground this week on a $28 million business accelerator in Fall River, MA, that is intended to advance the biomanufacturing segment of the state’s growing life sciences industry. Link
3. LaVoie Group Opens Office in the Heart of Biotechnology Community in Cambridge, MA Globe Newswire – 5/16/12
LaVoie Strategic Communications, Inc. “LaVoie Group” announced today the opening of a new office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Link