MassBioEd Foundation awarded $100,000 grant from Cummings Foundation

June 21, 2013

Funding will improve BioTeach science education program, reach new schools

 June 21, 2013 (CAMBRIDGE, MA)  – The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd Foundation) has been selected as one of the 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s new $100K for 100 program. The Cambridge-based organization was chosen from more than 370 applicants during a competitive review process by the Cummings Foundation.

“MassBioEd Foundation is thrilled to receive this generous grant from the Cummings Foundation,” said Lance Hartford, Executive Director of the MassBioEd Foundation. “This funding will allow us to increase the number of Middlesex County high schools in the BioTeach program. In addition, we will expand the reach and impact of our BioTeach program by creating new video resources, provide schools with consumable reagent kits, and develop new labs specifically tied to Next Generation Science Standards.”

With the Cummings Foundation $100,000 grant, MassBioEd will:

1) Develop a video library of the BioTeach curriculum techniques. The series of support videos will demonstrate key techniques, best practices and tips for dealing with the most common issues that arise when implementing new labs in schools. The video library will allow veteran and new teachers access to critical technical information in real time, helping to improve the quality of their teaching and their student's learning.

2) Launch a new BioTeach program to address the ongoing need for consumable reagents. In partnership with local universities and biotech companies associated MassBioEd’s parent organization, MassBio, MassBioEd will prepare buffers and other reagents in bulk, dispense them into appropriate volumes, and package the components into kits ready for use by Middlesex County BioTeach schools.

3) Develop a series of new labs specifically tied to the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) just released this month. These labs will be developed in collaboration with Middlesex County BioTeach teachers and university students in Boston area science teacher certification programs.

4) Invite the 24 Middlesex County schools which are not currently participating in the BioTeach program to receive, on a competitive basis, laboratory capital equipment, consumables, and teacher professional development. Through this outreach, MassBioEd seeks to add four new Middlesex County schools to the BioTeach program.

The Cummings Foundation recognized MassBioEd and the other grant recipients at their first annual Grantee Reception on June 19, 2013 at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn. More than 250 people, including staff and board members from nearly all 100 recipient organizations, gathered for the event that celebrated the $10 million infusion of funding into greater Boston’s nonprofit sector.


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Lance Hartford, Executive Director of MassBioEd Foundation, left, and Dennis Clarke, President and CEO of Cummings Properties, the Cummings Foundation’s for-profit affiliate at the Cummings Foundation Grantee Reception on June 19, 2013.

About MassBioEd Foundation

The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd), founded in 2001, is a nonprofit charitable organization committed to supporting science and biotechnology education in Massachusetts through school programs, workforce training, and lifelong learning. Serving as a link between education, industry, and government, MassBioEd is working to ensure Massachusetts’ biotechnology sector, has an appropriately trained work force to meet the growing employment needs. MassBioEd’s BioTeach program provides professional development to over 600 teachers in their biotechnology curricula and provides grants and lab equipment to 185 schools across the Commonwealth. In addition, MassBioEd’s Biotech Learning Center offers professional development courses for employees in the biotech sector to advance their professional skills.


About Cummings Foundation

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester, Mass. With assets exceeding $1 billion, it is one of the very largest grant-making foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons senior communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single grant to date was $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, Mass. Additional information is available at


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