Mansfield Joins Others with BioReady™ Rating
61 Massachusetts Municipalities Are BioReady™
November 4, 2009 (Cambridge, MA)—The Town of Mansfield was awarded a BioReady™ rating of Gold by MassBio and MassEcon.
MassBio, working with MassEcon and a host of regional economic development organizations around the state, inaugurated the statewide BioReady™ Communities Campaign in 2008 for the purpose of providing background to municipal officials about the biotech industry and guidance on how to position municipalities as destinations for biotech laboratory and manufacturing facilities.
The system—which ranks communities that meet levels of criteria as bronze, silver, gold or platinum—will help Massachusetts cities and towns market themselves to biotechnology companies looking to expand or relocate.
As part of the Campaign, the MassBio Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) developed criteria to both guide communities in their pursuit of biotech facility opportunities and rate them for BioReadiness™ in order to provide each with a tangible marketing tool.
To date, 61 municipalities have achieved ratings. To view full ratings criteria, go to MassBio’s BioReady™ Communities Web page at http://www.massbio.org/economic_development/bioready_communities.
“This initiative is about helping maintain the Commonwealth’s competitiveness as the global leader in biotechnology by increasing the inventory of real and potential biotechnology properties in its cities and towns,” said MassBio President and CEO Robert Coughlin. “The Gateway Cities are saying loud and clear that they are ready for the opportunities that will unfold as the biotechnology industry grows in Massachusetts.”
The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council
The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio), a not-for-profit organization that represents and provides services and support for the Massachusetts biotechnology industry, is the nation’s oldest biotechnology trade association. Founded in 1985, MassBio is committed to advancing the development of critical new science, technology and medicines that benefit people worldwide. Representing over 600 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, research hospitals, and service organizations involved in life sciences and health care, MassBio works to advance policy and promote education, while providing member programs and events, industry information, and services.