Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation Inc.

aka MassBioEd Foundation   |   Cambridge, MA   |  http://www.massbioed.org/

Mission

Our mission is to build a sustainable life sciences workforce in the region through educational programs that engage and excite teachers, inspire and propel students, and illuminate the pathway from the classroom to careers with a focus on expansion, opportunity, and diversity.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Ms. Sunny Schwartz

Main address

255 Main Street 8th Floor

Cambridge, MA 02142 USA

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EIN

22-3799632

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Employment Training (J22)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

BioTeach

BioTeach is the flagship program of MassBioEd Foundation. It is an ambitious multi-year science education program designed to support biotechnology instruction and career awareness activities. The program provides students with the opportunity to experience science in the making by supporting schools with research equipment, free workshops for teacher professional development, and building connections with a professional network of scientists. Students' classroom learning is complemented by a range of college and career exploration events. The goal of the program is to enable middle and high schools throughout Massachusetts to teach biotechnology and engage students with hands-on lab experiences that inspire scientific curiosity, understanding, and for some, a career in the life sciences.

Population(s) Served
Students
Children and youth

BioTalent’s focus is to illuminate the many pathways into life sciences careers. Technical and soft skills classes offer alternative training that opens doors to careers and career growth, particularly for historically underrepresented populations. Professional training courses help the incumbent workforce build critical skills for continued success.

BioTalent activities include:
Real time research on industry development, employer needs, and projected hiring trends; information utilized to build partnerships and initiatives that align traditional and non-traditional training with industry needs.

Apprenticeship Program
The Life Sciences industry has been, and most certainly will continue to be, one of the most important employers in this region, offering a wide range of job possibilities. But the supply of qualified people has not kept up with the demand. This has been problematic for years, but the current COVID crisis has exacerbated the pressure, particularly in two key functional areas of this industry – clinical operations and manufacturing.

Working with leading life science employers, the state of Massachusetts and The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), we have developed the Biomanufacturing Technician (BMT) and Clinical Trial Associate (CTA) Apprenticeship program, the first of its kind in the country. Each apprenticeship will offer a streamlined pathway into the industry through accelerated training that combines classroom education, technical training and on-site work experiences and will provide companies with vetted, trained workers. Apprenticeships offer non-traditional students a pathway into careers that offer family sustainable wages and career growth opportunity, helping to grow the pool of diverse and talented candidates.

Career Awareness
Delivered by career ambassadors, and college and company exploratory site visits engage both students and industry volunteers. In classroom visits, virtual panel and individual presentations and interactive lab demonstrations inform students, young and adults, about the opportunities in the life sciences.

Life Sciences Workforce Conference
This annual event is uniquely devoted to bringing together the life sciences industry and academia to align training of the next generation of leaders. It provides an opportunity to hear from experts and converse about best practices for education and training, as well as career exploration and readiness. The conference focuses on meeting hiring needs and how industry, government, and academia can work together to secure the best life sciences workforce in the years ahead.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people

Our continued learning provides individuals with technical and soft skills and knowledge that enhances career growth and cultivates a broader professional network. Held in person and online, they are tailored to ensure quality content and maximize teacher-student interaction. Designed and taught by industry professionals, courses include: project management, communications, leadership and collaboration and are held year-round.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

@scale recognition 2012

Massachusetts STEM Council

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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MassBioEd is paving the way to integrate cutting-edge and innovative science into classrooms across the Commonwealth. Our goals are to create a biotechnology literate populace, prepare the biotechnology workforce, and develop future Massachusetts’ biotechnology leaders.

MassBioEd is a thought leader, advocate and an invaluable resource for Massachusetts’ biotechnology education and workforce development that educates, encourages, builds enthusiasm, and provides creative biotechnology experiences for educators and students.

Financials

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Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Christopher Murphy

Vice President and General Manager. Viral Vector Services at Thermo Fisher Scientific

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

Lauren Celano

Co-Founder and CEO of Propel Careers

Term: 2020 - 2022

Stacie Aarestad

Partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

William Ciambrone

Senior Vice President of Technical Operations at Shire Human Genetic Therapies

Robert Coughlin

President and CEO of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council

Sridaran Natesan

Associate Vice-President at Sanofi-Aventis

Christopher Murphy

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Joan Abrams

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Lauren Celano

Propel Careers

Debbie Durso-Bumpus

Blueprint Medicines

Robert Gottlieb

RMG Associates

Melissa Manganello

Boston Medical Center

Ryan Cohlepp

Rheos Medicines

Kristin Goppel

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Michael Levy

Ernst & Young

Mary Ellen Wiltrout

Mass Institute of Technology

John Heffernan

Park Street Strategies, LLC

Renee Connolly

MilliporeSigma

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No