News from the life sciences and technology communities north of Boston
May 2023
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President Joe Biden announced yesterday that he intends to nominate Monica Bertagnolli, M.D. as the head of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Bertagnolli is a surgical oncologist, cancer researcher, and physician-leader who previously taught at Harvard Medical School and currently leads the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She is the first woman to serve as NCI director and, if confirmed by the Senate, would be the second woman to serve as NIH director. Read more from CNBC.
BioConnects New England (BCNE) harnesses the resources and talent across New England to advance the biotech industry, expand and localize biomanufacturing, and provide economic opportunities and pathways to the community, focusing particularly on economically disadvantaged areas, women, and marginalized populations. BCNE is looking for new partners to support its mission and will host a webinar with co-lead Jared Auclair, Ph.D. on Wednesday, May 31 at noon to provide an overview of the initiative, its key stakeholders, and how to get involved. Learn more and register.
In other BCNE news, the coalition recently announced that Mike Tavilla has joined the team as regional economic competitiveness officer (RECO). Tavilla has more than 15 years of professional experience in regional economic development and strategy, with prior roles in academia, management consulting, and the private and public sectors.
This year's Battle of the Biotech Bands raised a record $220,000 for charity. Congratulations to the winner, Integrity Check (InterSystems), which has selected The ALS Association to receive $100,000 for research, services, and programs for those affected by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. The remaining funds will be split by Susan G. Komen, Food for Free, and Uplifiting Athletes. The Bad Elements (Biogen), The Theratones (Sanofi), and Lifesize (Cytiva), put on a great performance.
TODAY! Cummings looks forward to participating in MassBio's program "Life After Incubator: Finding Your Own Place and Meeting Your Vendor Matches."

At the event, a panel of CEOs and lab and facilities managers will answer questions, walk through what the transition from an incubator looks like, and aim to help attendees avoid common missteps. The vendor showcase provides the opportunity to meet members of the Cummings operations and sales team, as well as other suppliers serving the life sciences industry.

Stop by our table to say hello, find out about available lab suites, and learn how Cummings' unique ability to design, build, lease, and manage lab properties can help your life sciences company grow.

Tuesday, May 16, 2:00 - 5:00 PM at MassBio Hub, 700 Technology Square, Cambridge. Register.
Join North Shore Technology Council (NSTC) for its spring mixer. The event brings together the NSTC biosciences, technology, and sustainability special interest groups. Thursday, May 18, 5:00 - 7:00 PM, at the new Mission Boathouse in Beverly. The entrance cost is $10 for members and $25 for non-members, and includes two drink tickets and food. Register.
The NSTC biosciences forum will also host "Safety, Savings, and Sustainability: How filtration is fundamentally changing the way we design labs by protecting breathing zones throughout the chemical's lifecycle and beyond." This program, hosted by Jesse Coiro, general manager of Erlab, Inc., will also include a tour of the Rowley company's showroom. Thursday, June 1 at 5:00 PM. Register.
Boston Metal chairman and CEO Tadeu Carneiro (l) with Massachusetts secretary of economic development Yvonne Hao.
Green steel company Boston Metal (6 Gill Street, Woburn) recently received the governor of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, Romeu Zema, among other dignitaries, together with Massachusetts secretary of economic development Yvonne Hao and Marcony Almeida-Barros, deputy chief of staff to Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey.

During the visit, Governor Zema and Boston Metal CEO Tadeu Carneiro signed a proclamation in support of a cooperation agreement between the Minas Gerais state government and the company, for the implementation of molten oxide electrolysis (MOE) technology to recover high-value metals from mining waste. Read more and check out a highlight video from Boston Metal.
48 Dunham Ridge, Beverly
2,000 - 13,000 SF Lab Suites
New move-in ready lab and office suites will soon be available at Cummings' 48 Dunham Ridge innovation campus in Beverly. The location offers a collaborative environment with shared conference and huddle rooms, all at a fraction of the cost of leasing in Boston or Cambridge.

Each BSL1/BSL2 and General Chemistry Lab Includes:
  • Epoxy painted walls
  • Vinyl-faced ceiling tiles
  • Vinyl composition tile floors
  • Acid neutralization tanks at sinks
  • Make-up air and exhaust systems
  • Emergency shower/eyewash station(s)
  • Ceiling-mounted exhaust drops and electrical feeds
  • Chemical fume hood(s) with solvent and acid storage
  • Steel lab benches with resin countertops and adjustable reagent shelves
To learn more about these and other lab suites, contact Stephanie Aitchison at 978-720-4015 or
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