Improving Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Life Sciences Industry

In order for the life sciences industry in Massachusetts to continue its success, equity, diversity, and inclusion cannot be just another initiative. It must be the backbone of company policy from the top-down and reflected in executive culture, recruitment, retention, and advancement strategies, and it must be sustainable and accountable.

MassBio is proud to be the resource for Massachusetts life sciences companies of all sizes as they seek increased equity, diversity, and inclusion (ED&I) within their companies. To assist our members, MassBio is here to:

  • Meet with members, with a focus on small and emerging companies, to discuss objectives, strategies, and resources for launching or strengthening ED&I initiatives  
  • Share best practices throughout our industry and across industries
  • Collect data over time to measure trends and progress
  • Bring together the life sciences community for inclusive, open, and productive dialogues
  • Lead by example

Are you creating a new ED&I initiative at your company or looking for resources and tools to strengthen your existing work? Check out our ED&I Resource Center to find templates for employee engagement surveys and diversity dashboards, “Getting Started” one-pagers for small and emerging companies, links to affinity groups, our Employee Resource Group report, and more.

MassBio’s Expanded ED&I Initiative

Four years ago, our members asked us to take an equity, diversity, and inclusion (ED&I) leadership role, to help create better diversity and inclusion across our industry, and to let the world know that the life sciences does not stand for sexism or discrimination. We listened and we acted.

Now, MassBio has expanded our initiative to ensure our work is also directly addressing racial inequity and its ill-effects, now and into the future, with a focus especially on Black, Brown, and Indigenous people of color (BIPOC). To that end, in the coming months and years, we will be focusing on the following activities:

  • Issue a call-to-action for all life sciences company CEOs to sign onto our “Open Letter 2.0 – The CEO Pledge for a More Equitable and Inclusive Life Sciences Industry” and commit themselves to a range of best practices designed to improve equity, diversity, inclusion, and culture inside your company
  • Work with our partners at MassBioEd to develop the next generation of life sciences workforce and provide professional development to those already in the industry
  • Work with our partners to grow Project Onramp and create more paid internship positions at Massachusetts life sciences companies in years to come, providing access for underserved and minority populations to the life sciences industry
  • Facilitate opportunities for our members to engage with organizations focused on community justice, workforce development, and health disparities in conjunction with partner organizations, especially Life Science Cares
  • Explore partnerships between the life sciences industry and Massachusetts hospitals to address physician racial bias, community engagement, increased health literacy, and improved access to clinical trials

We are also thinking even bigger. As we look longer-term, we are already developing concepts to:  

  • Address health disparities through partnerships and state and federal policy advocacy
  • Diversify clinical trial participation
  • Create a workforce pipeline and industry partnerships with Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges & Universities (TCUs)
  • Develop an accelerated master’s degree program in drug discovery for STEM bachelor’s degree holders seeking advanced degrees necessary for many life sciences careers

ED&I Resource Center

The MassBio Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Resource Center is a centralized hub where you can access the best practices, tools, and resources needed to achieve equitable, diverse, and inclusive excellence in your workplace. Click here to visit the ED&I Resource Center.

ED&I Success Stories

MassBio’s ED&I Success Stories spotlight the great work companies are doing to improve ED&I in the life sciences and drive change in the industry. Companies have leveraged these stories to provide the impetus behind an initiative, its rollout, and the impact it has made on a company. Our members have found great value in learning how others are doing well.

If you are interested in submitting a D&I success story or looking for more information, please review the guidelines below. If you have a specific company or personal example that you’d like to share, but you don’t feel it can be turned into a blog post, email Cayley Moynihan so we can add it to a running list of successful examples that can be shared in a different way.

ED&I Success Story Guidelines
  • Content must be original. Your piece can be published elsewhere after we post. Please include: “Originally published on MassBio.org (Date)” and link back to our blog.
  • Plagiarism is not permitted. When quoting others, please cite your sources accordingly.
  • Please keep your submission between 500 – 900 words.
  • We encourage images and/or video to accompany guest blog posts and prefer that images be directly relevant to the content. If you are including pictures of people, please make sure you have their permission to use them. If you are borrowing an image we require proper attribution to the creator of the image.
  • Excessive links or any links that appear spammy will be removed.
  • We will make minor edits to the piece where necessary. Prior to the publication of your guest blog post, we will make sure you agree with these changes.
  • Please include a headshot and short author bio.
  • MassBio reserves the right to refuse publication, remove blog content, and change these guidelines as we see fit.