News from the life sciences community north of Boston
October 2022
Walmart announced yesterday it is getting involved in pharmaceutical research with the launch of the new Walmart Healthcare Research Institute. The Institute will find participants for clinical trials, and Walmart will also host MyHealthJourney, a patient portal that helps people find upcoming research trials and track their care.
John Wigneswaran, Walmart's chief medical officer, told Endpoints News, “Our resounding theme is the equity aspect. We’re doing it to really drive equity awareness and change the paradigm of people trusting in their care.”

Walmart follows retail pharmacy giants Walgreens and CVS Health in the move to clinical trials.
A Fireside Chat with Phoenix Tailings
Zero-waste Metal Refining: Advancing the sustainable production of rare earths and critical minerals for a clean energy future.
Cummings Properties is pleased to host the North Shore Technology Council technology forum at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn. Join us at 5 PM on Thursday, October 20 for a fireside chat with Nicholas Myers, CEO and co-founder of Phoenix Tailings (8 Henshaw Street, Woburn). Register.
Phoenix Tailings is on a mission to be the world’s first clean mining and metals production company, eliminating harmful mining waste from the environment while sustainably creating valuable minerals. Nick will discuss how the company is unlocking the full value of our natural resources with zero-waste technology, and share insights on CHIPS Act and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) policies with provisions relating to sustainable manufacturing and refining.
Congratulations to Comera Life Sciences on the growth of its Woburn operations with expanded laboratory space for R&D as well as new executive offices. Comera, a life sciences company developing a new generation of bio-innovative biologic medicines to improve patient access, safety, and convenience, now occupies 5,000 square feet at 12 Gill Street. A ribbon cutting ceremony with local dignitaries and industry leaders was held earlier this month.
In photo above (l to r): Michael Campbell, executive vice president and CFO of Comera; Kendalle Berlin-O'Connell, president and COO, MassBio; Rep. Richard Haggerty; Jeff Hackman, chairman and CEO, Comera; Sen. Cindy Friedman; Neal Muni, COO, Comera; and Robert Mahoney, CSO, Comera.
Startup incubator North Shore InnoVentures (100 Cummings Center, Beverly), welcomes its newest member, Flexomics. Founded in 2019 by Magali Soumillon and Nicolas Chevrier, Flexomics is developing a next generation screening platform by integrating state-of-the-art cell imaging and the most recent advances in single cell genomics.

Since its founding in 2009, 82 companies have launched out of NSIV.
Once a member of NSIV and now located in dedicated space at 100 Cummings Center, Spectrus plans to further expand and relocate within the building, doubling its existing space to a 5,500 SF lab and office. Spectrus is a bioanalytical chemistry service provider supporting the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors. The company specializes in the characterization of complex molecules by mass spectrometry, and its team provides expert project consulting, method design, rapid sample processing, and data analysis to clients in the U.S. and worldwide. Enrique Arevalo is CSO and co-founder.
In September, Abpro Corporation (68 Cummings Park, Woburn), announced a $1.75 billion collaboration deal with South Korean firm Celltrion, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

An article in Boston Business Journal explores how this local life sciences company created the new partnership. According to BBJ, Abpro CEO Ian Chan hopes the alliance will expedite the development of its immuno-oncology drug ABP-102.
"Celltrion is obviously one of the most successful companies in biotech, and they bring ample resources. It's going to really help the program and, most importantly, patients. So we're super excited about it and looking forward to working with them."

Ian Chan, Chairman and CEO
Abpro Corporation
The next virtual BioXchange will be held Wednesday, October 19 from 4 PM to 7 PM. This free forum provides an opportunity to interact with individuals throughout the life sciences industry from all over the world. Register.
Join North Shore Technology Council board members and the BioSciences group for a night of networking! This Oktoberfest event is for anyone in the MetroNorth region who shares a passion for, or does business within, the life sciences industry. Celebrate fall with an evening of beer tasting and networking at True North Ale Company in Ipswich. Doors open at 5 PM. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members and includes food and two drink tickets. Register.
Join MassBio in examining the current state of digital health as it relates to the life sciences, the challenges facing its growth, and opportunities for collaboration. Through keynotes, panel discussions, and case studies, the hybrid MassBio Digital Health Impact event will explore new strategies for therapeutics and digital health innovators to converge and ultimately deliver better outcomes for patients. Thursday, November 3, 12:30 - 6:00 PM. Register.
Save the Date - The 2022 STAT Summit comes to Boston November 15 - 16. The two-day summit will provide unique insights into the most important topics in biotech, medicine, and policy. Among the esteemed speakers are Albert Bourla, DVM, Ph.D., chairman & CEO, Pfizer; Ken Frazier, executive chairman, Merck, and chairman of Health Assurance Initiatives, General Catalyst; and Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), U.S. National Institutes of Health (virtual speaker). Register.
200 Boston Avenue, Medford
6,200 SF Turn-Key Lab and Office Coming Soon
This 6,200 SF lab and office suite is located in a vibrant life sciences cluster just off I-93 and close to Tufts University. The location offers on-site MBTA bus service and convenient access to Red and Green Line service, plus numerous amenities within walking distance, including Whole Foods and Starbucks. Contact a Cummings lab specialist at or 781-983-7039 for details.
Key features include:

  • First-floor lab suite
  • Two 6' fume hoods
  • Tissue culture area
  • Chemical storage room
  • R&D area
  • Gas process piping
  • Multiple private offices

Monica Weber (center), founder and CEO of Fluid-Screen (100 Cummings Center, Beverly), and colleagues Robert Weber (left) and Anna Piela, recently presented a poster "Fluid-Screen: Real-Time Microbial Contamination Detection in Biomanufacturing" at the 2022 PDA Pharmaceutical Microbiology Conference in Washington. The team is seen above at the Process International Conference 2022 in Boston.
MassBioEd recently released its 2021-22 Impact Report. Cummings Foundation is pleased to provide grant support enabling the organization to deepen its impact in high-need school districts and create avenues for underrepresented populations to enter the life sciences industry. Real more about MassBioEd in its 2021 Annual Report.
This month's news expands beyond the life sciences to include marine biology, with an update on "Shoebert" the seal. Shoebert quickly became a media sensation when he was discovered in Shoe Pond at Cummings Center in Beverly last month. Following an overnight excursion to the Beverly police station, Shoebert was rescued by NOAA and Mystic Aquarium, and later released off the coast of Block Island. Apparently missing home, Shoebert has made his way back to Beverly. Read more in
The Cummings team recently installed a crossing sign to commemorate Shoebert's overland path from Shoe Pond to the Beverly Police station at Cummings Center.
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