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Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Awards $50,000 To MassBay Framingham Campus Plan

Mass Bay Community College Vice President Yves Salomon-Fernandez said the grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is an endorsement of the college's vision for its downtown Framingham campus.

Mass Bay Community College Vice President for Strategic Planning, Institutional Effectiveness, & Grant Development Yves Salomon-Fernandez speaking at a press conference Tuesday, Feb. 25. Video credit: Susan Scully Petroni
Mass Bay Community College Vice President for Strategic Planning, Institutional Effectiveness, & Grant Development Yves Salomon-Fernandez speaking at a press conference Tuesday, Feb. 25. Video credit: Susan Scully Petroni
Originally posted at 11:01 p.m. Feb. 26. Updated on Feb. 27

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MassBay Community College received a $50,000 planning grant to develop a robust strategic action plan for the Applied Life Sciences and Technology Center to be housed within the downtown Framingham campus, that is currently in its design phase utilizing a $22.1 million capital appropriation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mass Bay Community College Vice President Yves Salomon-Fernandez said Tuesday afternoon, the "grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is an endorsement of the college's vision for its downtown Framingham campus."

Click on the attached video to hear more of her statement during the press conference Tuesday at Framingham State University. 

Salomon-Fernandez, who oversees the Framingham campus presently housed at the former Farley School on Flagg Drive, said MassBay Community College provides high quality education for low income people and the immigrant population in Framingham and the MetroWest region as well as those "academically prepared and very financially savvy in making a decision to come to a community college."

MassBay's Applied Life Sciences and Technology Center presents a unique and catalytic opportunity to establish downtown Framingham as a MetroWest hub for start-up life sciences companies.

The proposed downtown Framingham campus will offer associate degree programs across applied/ industrial biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, device design and manufacturing, computational science, and biomedical engineering, with faculty providing support to life sciences entrepreneurs.

The synergy of life sciences Associate degree programs, expert faculty and internship-ready students will provide an innovative environment to support life sciences entrepreneurs. 

“We are grateful to Governor Patrick and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center for their support of our vision of a new Applied Sciences and Technology Center for downtown Framingham,” said MassBay Community College President John O’Donnell. “Establishing this Center on a brand new MassBay campus will enable us to expand life sciences partnerships and establish solid pipelines from high school to college, to the workforce.” 

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center  is an investment agency that supports life sciences innovation, research, development and commercialization. The Center is charged with implementing a 10-year, $1-billion, state-funded investment initiative. These investments create jobs and support advances that improve health and well-being.

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