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Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School to receive life sciences grants

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, a quasi-public state agency, announced Monday that about $9 million in grants are being allocated to Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School to renovate research labs.

Timothy Murray. File photo. ( David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo )

Additional grants ranging from $50,000 to $200,000 have been also set aside for Bunker Hill Community College, Quincy College, and Regis College.

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In all, the center said it announced more than $9.35 million in grants to support life-sciences-related capital projects in the Greater Boston area.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is charged with investing $1 billion over a 10-year period to support the growth of the state’s life sciences industries. The initiative is a priority for the administration of Governor Deval Patrick.

In a statement, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray said, “This funding is part of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s overall efforts to collaborate with academia and the business community to enhance research, workforce training, and job creation in the life sciences.”

The $4 million grant awarded to Boston Children’s Hospital will help establish the Children’s Center for Cell Therapy and support lab renovations that will allow additional cell culturing facilities and a robotics area designed to perform highly specialized chemical screening on stem cells, the center said in its press release.

With its $5 million grant, Harvard Medical School seeks to create a Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology that will be a multidisciplinary incubator for providing better clinical trial information in the drug development process, the release said.

Grants were also given to vocational schools and high schools with the goal of furthering access to the so-called STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math. Schools in line to receive grants include Norfolk County Agricultural High School, Quincy High School, and Revere High School, the center said.

A recent Globe story noted that Patrick’s 10-year, $1 billion life sciences initiative had distributed $301.5 million in grants, loans, and tax breaks through the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center between 2008 and June 30, 2012.

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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