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UMass Amherst gets $95m life sciences grant

Patrick Administration doles out more than $100 million for western Mass. life sciences projects

Two Western Massachusetts projects have won state grants totaling $100.5 million, including a $95 million award to the University of Massachusetts Amherst that is the largest so far under the $1 billion life sciences initiative launched by Governor Deval Patrick six years ago.

Patrick and officials from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the quasi-public agency set up to administer the initiative, unveiled the grants Thursday at an Amherst event that raised hopes for the blossoming of a small biomedical cluster in that part of the state.

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