November 5 2019

Big Life Science Hearing and Discussion to Take Place in Burlington


Burlington will be the host of a large hearing on a subject that has been gaining a lot of traction in the town and the surrounding area: Life sciences. 


Representative Ken Gordon will bring the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Economic Development to the Northeastern Campus in Burlington at 10 a.m. on Nov. 18, to discuss the region’s significant involvement in the life sciences industry, a release from his office states. The committee will hear from industry leaders and policy experts such as Secretary of Economic Development Michael Kennealy, and the presidents of the Mass Life Sciences Center and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (“MassBio”).


Burlington Planning Director Kristen Kassner will join Travis McCready of Mass Life Science and Robert Coughlin of MassBio to explain how Burlington and Bedford have become an epicenter of growth in life sciences. Both towns have received the Platinum designation by MassBio, the highest award for readiness given by the organization.  


Joining government leaders at Northeastern University’s new research facility in Burlington, which includes its life sciences lab, will be representatives from Burlington’s Millipore-Sigma, BI-Lahey Health, and UCB Pharma Ltd., of Bedford.  Northeastern’s Michael Pollastri, Dean of the College of Science, will explain the important work of the university and join a tour for legislators and guests. The hearing is open to the public, but testimony is by invitation. Chairing the committee are Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante and Sen. Eric Lesser. 


“I’m looking forward to this opportunity to see the new Northeastern Burlington Life Sciences Center and the budding life sciences cluster in Burlington,” said House Chair Ann-Margaret Ferrante. “Vice-Chair Gordon has been a champion for life sciences and economic development in his district. This is a terrific opportunity to see his efforts and hard work in person.”


Rep. Gordon said he is looking forward to having the discussion in Burlington. 


“I’m really excited to show the committee how we have used the state’s support to develop a thriving industry in our region,” said Rep. Gordon, the House Vice-Chair.  “We will get a good picture of the importance of the industry, the number of people it has employed, and its opportunity for growth.   


“The organizations represented at this hearing provide the education and jobs critical to economic development in our area, while also significantly impacting the life sciences at large,” he continued. “Northeastern University trains students to become innovative problem-solvers, and EMD Millipore develops the reagents, equipment, and technology that scientists need to realize their solutions.”


The hearing, at 147 South Bedford Street, is expected to continue through the early afternoon.


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