Massachusetts is BioReady®!

From biotech-zoned science parks to streamlined permitting, to robust infrastructure, and pre-permitted biotech sites, Massachusetts has it all for companies looking to relocate.

Because of the state’s rich history in biotechnology, many of its cities and towns have increasingly adopted local policies that greatly ease the pathway for renovation or new construction of biotech laboratory and manufacturing facilities.

MassBio has developed BioReady ratings for municipalities who submit details on their zoning practices and infrastructure capacity. Our focus with these ratings is to help biotechnology companies find the most favorable destinations in the state and to enable the state and its cities and towns to effectively tell their stories to the biotechnology industry. BioReady-rated cities and towns have made a commitment to the life sciences industry. There are currently 84 BioReady Communities across the Commonwealth.

If you represent a community that has not yet been rated or would like to apply for a rating upgrade, please fill out this survey.


Municipalities at this level feature:

  • Municipal water and sewer available in commercial and industrial areas.
  • Zoning allows for biotech laboratory and manufacturing uses by special permit.
  • Identified point of contact in town/city hall to assist biotech projects.

Communities include:

  • Abington
  • Arlington
  • Auburn
  • Braintree
  • Brookline
  • Clinton
  • Danvers
  • Dracut
  • Easthampton
  • Fitchburg
  • Greenfield
  • Hatfield
  • Holliston
  • Lawrence
  • Middleborough
  • Northbridge
  • Randolph
  • Salem
  • Saugus
  • Stoughton
  • Sturbridge
  • West Bridgewater


Municipalities at this level feature Bronze Criteria plus:

  • Municipality allows biotech laboratory and manufacturing uses by right.
  • Has identified buildings and/or land sites for biotechnology uses in municipal plans.


  • Municipality convenes site plan review meetings, bringing together all pertinent departments, to provide an overview of the local approvals process for significant commercial and industrial projects.
  • Has land sites and/or buildings included in MassEcon BioSites Inventory


  • Community has identified Priority Development Sites per Chapter 43D.
  • Municipality has a site designated as a Massachusetts Growth District.

Communities include:

  • Chelsea
  • Dedham
  • Holyoke
  • Lynn
  • Millis
  • Newburyport
  • Norfolk
  • Peabody
  • Reading
  • Uxbridge
  • West Boylston


Municipalities at this level feature Silver Criteria plus:

  • Municipality has sites or buildings pre-permitted for biotechnology laboratory or manufacturing use.


  • Municipality has existing buildings in which biotech laboratory or manufacturing activities are taking place.

Communities include:

  • Ashland
  • Attleboro
  • Brockton
  • Charlton
  • Chicopee
  • Everett
  • Fall River
  • Gardner
  • Hopkinton
  • Mansfield
  • Needham
  • Norton
  • Northampton
  • Pittsfield
  • Plymouth
  • Shrewsbury
  • Tewksbury
  • Watertown
  • Westfield
  • Westminster


Municipalities at this level feature Gold Criteria plus:

  • Municipality’s Board of Health has adopted the National Institutes of Health guidelines on rDNA activity as part of its regulations.
  • Municipality includes a building or buildings that are already permitted for biotech uses and have 20,000 square feet or more of available space for biotech uses.


  • Municipality has a shovel-ready, pre-permitted land site with completed MEPA review and municipal water and sewer capacity to meet additional demand.

Communities include:

  • Andover
  • Bedford
  • Billerica
  • Beverly
  • Boston
  • Burlington
  • Cambridge
  • Canton
  • Chelmsford
  • Devens
  • Framingham
  • Franklin
  • Gloucester
  • Grafton
  • Haverhill
  • Leominster
  • Lexington
  • Lowell
  • Malden
  • Marlborough
  • New Bedford
  • Newton
  • North Andover
  • Norwood
  • Quincy
  • Revere
  • Somerville
  • Southfield (Tri-Town)
  • Springfield
  • Taunton
  • Waltham
  • Westborough
  • Woburn
  • Worcester