SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

March 29, 2014

North Shore gets $5M for life sciences

BY PAUL LEIGHTON
STAFF WRITER

---- — BEVERLY — The state yesterday announced a $5 million grant to help North Shore colleges and startup companies upgrade their life science labs and equipment.

The grant was awarded by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, an agency charged with awarding $1 billion in state money over 10 years.

The money will benefit the Life Sciences Consortium of the North Shore, which consists of Salem State University, Endicott College, North Shore Community College, Gordon College and North Shore InnoVentures, which runs a life sciences incubator at Cummings Center.

The $5 million grant will be used to expand current facilities and buy advanced instrumentation for use by students, faculty and companies on the North Shore, according to the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

“This grant will allow us to offer both aspiring students and promising entrepreneurs access to some of the industry’s most sophisticated, and widely used, analytical instrumentation for their research,” North Shore InnoVentures President and CEO Martha Farmer said in a press release.

The grant was announced in a ceremony at Endicott College that was attended by college presidents Pat Meservey (Salem State), Richard Wylie (Endicott), Patricia Gentile (North Shore Community College), and Michael Lindsay (Gordon College).

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.