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Learn Biotech Basics in Biotech 101!

Biotech 101_30One of MassBioEd’s most popular courses, Biotech 101 for Non-Scientists is being offered THIS WEEK Sept. 18 – 19, and also this winter, December 4 – 5!
To register for FALL, click here.
To register for WINTER, click here.

**MassBio members get a $150 discount on registration**

Are you new to the life sciences industry? Do you need to have a better understanding of the science and technology driving the industry? Biotech 101 is a course designed specifically for the non-scientists. The program covers two full days of biotechnology information for non-science professionals who may be working on looking to work within a science-based industry.

Participants will benefit from several hands on activities using Lego DNA models, Agarose Gels, in addition to a DNA exercise featured here:



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MassBio Golf Classic Right Around the Corner!

golf 2014 web adFriday, September 5th is our 20th Annual MassBio Golf Classic to support MassBioEd at the beautiful Pine Hills Golf Club in Plymouth! The day will start at 8:00am with a continental breakfast and tee off is at 8:55am. There is still time to register for this fun and important fundraising event!

After golfers finish their day on the course, the fun continues with a reception, food, cocktails, and our live auction and raffles. Thanks to the generous donations from businesses and individuals all around New England, we are able to feature some great items for you to bid on and take home!

Taste of Cape Cod:

Alberto’s Ristorante, Yarmouth House, and The Beech Tree Cantina, Cape Cod


The Pinehills

Taste of Cambridge:

Catalyst, Commonwealth, Craigie on Main, Evoo, FUJI at Kendall, MexíCalí Burrito, The Friendly Toast, and Za

Hotel stays:

The Le Meridien, Hotel Marlowe, and the Omni Parker House


Russell House Tavern, The Lansdowne Pub, Newburyport Brewing Company, and the Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge


Bose Sound Link Mobile Speaker III and the new Maker Bot Digitizer 3D printer donated by WB Mason

Travel & Elegant Retreats:

Pair of Jet Blue tickets from Colpitts, Day at the Mirbeau Inn & Spa – Pinehills, Plymouth, MA and the 5 star Euu Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach Florida


Mirbeau Inn & Spa, Plymouth

Family Fun:

Boston Children’s Museum, Boston Duck Tours, Water Wizz and the F1 Racing Boston

Outdoor Adventures:

Wachusett Mountain Ski tickets and Charles River Canoe Stand Paddle Board rental

Arts & Culture:

Gift certificates for Art in Giving Fine Art and Bradford Renaissance Portraits of Palm Beach

Museum Mania:

MASS MoCA, MIT Museum, and Newport Mansions

Performance tickets:

Donated by the Berklee College of Music, Handel & Haydn Society and the SpeakEasy Stage Boston


The Scarlet Oak Tavern, Hingham

Catering Services:

Salvatores and MexíCalí Burrito

Cool Science:

MassBioEd Learning Center course



Join us for a day of fun and help support STEM education in Massachusetts!

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Thank you to our sponsors!


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Sponsorship opportunities are available!

This well-attended industry event offers a great opportunity for maximum visibility! Click here to learn more or contact Larissa Fawkner at or 617-674-5100 for more information.

20th Annual Golf Classic is 1 Month Away

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The Annual MassBio Golf Classic to benefit MassBioEd supports the Foundation’s activities in science and biotechnology education in Massachusetts through school programs, workforce training, and lifelong learning. MassBioEd’s signature BioTeach program is now in more than 200 schools!

Through corporate support, in 2013 MassBioEd:

  • Granted $285,000 in lab equipment to 19 Massachusetts public high schools  Biotech Futures WSU Oct 22 13 28 compress
  • Delivered biotechnology curriculum to 139 teachers from 15 BioTeach Schools and supported implementation of biotech labs with in-class teacher to teacher mentoring
  • Hosted Biotech Futures events for 750 students from 31 high schools on local college campuses and paired 15 schools and 400 students with employees for Job Shadow Day
  • Welcomed 660 postdocs to industry career exploration events and hosted 45 postdocs at local biotech companies

Golf Classic 1This year, the Golf Classic celebrates its 20th year. We hope you will be able to participate in and help spread the word about this special event to help the MassBioEd Foundation grow to reach more students and teachers throughout Massachusetts. Cultivating the next generation of scientists is critical to the development of future innovations for patients around the world.

Please join us for a round of golf, food, drinks, and networking on September 5th at the Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, MA as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this fun and important event.

Click here to register!

 Thank you to our sponsors!


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Meet Nathan Han, MA Student & 4th Place BioGENEius Winner

Nathan Han PhotoNathan Han, a freshman from the Boston Latin School in Boston represented Massachusetts and won fourth place at an international science fair competition in San Diego this week.

Just 15 years old, the young scientist earned his spot through a competitive process based on cutting-edge research he prepared for the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair, which took place in May at MIT. The MassBioEd Foundation, local partner of the BioGENEius Challenge, was proud to sponsor Nathan as he represented Massachusetts in the competition.

Han competed against students from around the U.S. and Canada in the International BioGENEius Challenge. The students were then evaluated on their scientific merit and creative ability, project execution, and poster/oral presentation.

Ninth-grader Han’s project was titled “Characteristics of Deleterious Mutations in Tumor Suppressor Genes.” The objective of this study was to identify characteristics of deleterious mutations in human tumor suppressor genes. More specifically, this study used the BRCA1 gene as an example and focused on coding non-synonymous single-base nucleotide polymorphisms (nsSNPs) affecting one of the four functional domains in the BRCA1 protein.

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Top 5 News Stories 6/14 – 6/20

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1) FDA approves new Cubist antibioticBoston Globe, June 20, 2014

Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc. won US regulatory approval Friday to sell a new antibiotic that fights hard-to-treat skin infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA, a growing public health threat. Link

2) EMD Serono Celebrates 10 Years of STEM Education Support at BIO International ConventionMassachusetts News, June 19, 2014

EMD Serono’s President and Managing Director Paris Panayiotopoulos will celebrate the company’s longstanding commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education—including a 10-year, $500,000 investment in the MassBioEd Foundation—at the BIO International Convention in San Diego next week. Link

3) New record set for most Massachusetts biotech IPOs in a year - Beta Boston, June 18, 2014

Not quite halfway through 2014 and the biotech industry in Massachusetts has already hit a milestone: a record number of young companies debuting on the big stage on Wall Street. Link

4) Pfizer adopts different style for new research centerBoston Globe, June 15, 2014

This is what happens when Big Pharma meets Kendall Square. Abandoning their closed-door offices and cloistered campuses, scientists at Pfizer Inc.’s new research center here are experimenting with the vibe of working in open spaces, sharing ideas, and mixing it up with their academic and biotech neighbors. Trading in stodgy for hip, they even have a lab with black walls dubbed the “pink flamingo lounge.” Link

5) Tweet This: FDA Finally Proposes Social Media Guidelines – Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2014

After several years of anticipation, the FDA has finally proposed a pair of guidelines for how drug and device makers should cope with some of the challenges and pitfalls posed by social media. Link

MassBio will host a member briefing on the new FDA guidelines the week of June 30th – stay tuned for details coming soon!