Biotech Caucus

The Massachusetts Biotech Caucus was created as a forum for the discussion and analysis of legislative initiatives important to the biotechnology industry in Massachusetts. Co-chaired by Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Joseph Wagner, the caucus educates state legislators on the value and benefits of biotechnology, as well as the issues that impact our growing and thriving industry.

Biotech Chairs

Senator Karen Spilka

Chairman Joseph Wagner


Upcoming Biotech Caucus Events

For more information on Biotech Caucus events, please email


Friday, November 20th, 2015
10:30am – 12:30pm
Shire, 200 Shire Way, Lexington

Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Joseph Wagner, co-chairs of the Biotech Caucus, cordially invite you to the next Caucus meeting being held at Shire, 200 Shire Way, Lexington at 10:30am on November 20th, 2015.

The Biotech Caucus will be hosting a panel discussion on the highly skilled manufacturing and workforce development efforts happening in biotech companies across Massachusetts.  We will highlight Shire, a growing biotech company, with manufacturing facilities in Lexington and Cambridge. This event will provide an opportunity for Massachusetts Legislators and their staff to listen as an expert panel discusses the importance of workforce development and manufacturing to the biotech community.

Biotech Manufacturing & Workforce Development


  • Peter Abair, Executive Director, MassBioEd Foundation
  • Tim Kelly, Head of Strategy and Planning, Shire
  • Kevin O’Sullivan, President and CEO, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives
  • Phil Vickers, Senior Vice President of R&D, Shire

Moderator:  Robert Coughlin, President and CEO, MassBio


Tour: Shire Manufacturing Facility


Past Biotech Caucus Events


Massachusetts "Biotech 101"Thursday, May 14, 10:30amRoom 222, State House

Rare Disease Day
Monday, February 23, 11am -12noon
State House, Great Hall
Read the blog post recap.

2015 Policy Leadership Breakfast
Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 7:30-10am
Omni Parker House, 60 School Street, Boston
Read the blog post recap.

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Day
State House, Nurses Hall
Thursday, May 1, 2014
10:30a.m.  - 11:30 a.m.

Rare Disease Day
State House, Nurses Hall
Friday, February 28, 2014
11:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m.
State House, Nurses Hall
See invitation here.

Policy Leadership Breakfast
Omni Parker House, Boston
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
8:00 a.m.

Massacusetts "Biotech 101"
Thursday, May 14, 10:30am
State House, Room 222
Read the blog post recap

Panel Discussion on “Biosimilars in Massachusetts"

State House, Room 222
Thursday, September 12, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Click here for more on this event & MassBio's focus on biosimilars.

Click  here for MassBio's blog post recapping the event.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Mission Day 2013 at the State House

On Monday, May 20th, the Biotech Caucus joined the Massachusetts Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) for its Mission Day 2013 at the State House.  As the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer, LLS helps blood cancer patients live better, longer lives by investing in research, information, and support services.

Mission Day was an opportunity for LLS volunteers and advocates from across Massachusetts to share their personal stories with the lawmakers who represent them on Beacon Hill.  It also was a chance for lawmakers to hear how they can be helpful in fighting for policies and funding to improve the quality of life for blood cancer patients and their families.

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Day 2013

Click here to read MassBio's blog post recapping the event.

Biotech Caucus visits AstraZeneca in Waltham and Westborough

 In March, AstraZeneca welcomed members of the Massachusetts Biotech Caucus to their R&D Facility at Gatehouse Park in Waltham.  The Senate Chair of the Caucus, Senator Spilka, was joined by twelve members of the Massachusetts Legislature and several staff members for a tour of AstraZeneca’s R&D site, which is their headquarters for global infectious disease research and Oncology drug research.  The group had the opportunity to walk through the laboratories and converse with the scientists actively engaged in both cancer and infectious disease research. In April, the Biotech Caucus continued its tour of the AstraZeneca facilities when it visited the Westborough manufacturing facility, where a sterile preservative free suspension used to treat bronchial asthma is produced. The group was able to walk through the production space and laboratories to get a better understanding of where and how biopharmaceuticals are manufactured.

Massachusetts Biotech Caucus hosts event on Influenza Vaccination and Public Health

Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Joseph Wagner, co-chairs of the Biotech Caucus, held a Biotech Caucus event at the Massachusetts State House on February 6th.

The caucus learned about Influenza Vaccination and Public Health. This timely event reviewed the current vaccination options and what will be available for the next flu season. Additionally the caucus learned about innovative public health vaccination initiatives.

Click here to view the slide show presentations.




About MassBio

MassBio is a not-for-profit organization committed to advancing Massachusetts' leadership in the life sciences to grow the industry, add value to the healthcare system and improve patient lives.

Founded in 1985, MassBio represents over 650 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, research hospitals, and service organizations involved in life sciences and health care, and works to advance policy and promote education, while providing member programs and events, industry information, and services.

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