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opinion | Jeffrey Leiden

Boston’s next mayor needs to nurture small tech and health companies

Our innovation ecosystem

As the race for the next mayor of Boston enters the home stretch, we are witnessing a substantive debate on the future of the city, spanning education, public safety, the environment, and economic development. One critical element of our future is how we support and grow our innovation economy, including life sciences and high-tech businesses.

Over the past two decades, Boston has developed a unique innovation ecosystem in which large and small companies are fueled by the region’s tremendous scientific, academic, entrepreneurial, and venture capital strengths. While this ecosystem has created thousands of jobs and dozens of new medicines and technologies that have changed peoples’ lives, its future is not guaranteed as other regions attempt to capture a piece of our success.

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