Read as much as you want on BostonGlobe.com, anywhere and anytime, for just 99¢.

letters

Public-private partnership helps life sciences thrive in Mass.

Steven Syre’s Dec. 11 Boston Capital column (“Mass. biotechs glitter in new golden age,” Business) spoke to the growth in our state’s strong biotech community. This isn’t happening by accident. The Patrick-Murray administration’s 10-year, $1 billion life sciences initiative has significantly affected these innovation economy sectors, and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is partnering with industry and academia to enable the life sciences to thrive here.

Syre mentions the promising technologies being developed by young companies; the Life Sciences Center is supporting young companies through direct funding and access to talented interns. Our grants for cooperative research partnerships between industry and academia help accelerate the translation of promising technologies into commercialized products. The center’s capital investments have helped create more than 1 million square feet of new research and biomanufacturing space around the state.

Continue reading below

Three of the companies that Syre mentions — Vertex, Ironwood, and Cubist — have participated in the center’s tax incentive program, which encourages life sciences job growth in Massachusetts. Since 2002 employment in the state’s biopharma industry has grown more than 40 percent.

The center’s investments and public-private partnerships are coalescing our life sciences cluster into a fertile system for ongoing growth in this important industry.

Greg Bialecki

Secretary

Executive Office

of Housing and

Economic Development

Susan

Windham-Bannister

President and CEO

Massachusetts Life Sciences

Center

Boston

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week