The following is an excerpt from the Boston Business Journal originally published on January 4, 2024:
Bioversity, a nonprofit launched out of MassBio to train underrepresented groups to join the life sciences workforce, officially launched Thursday with a ceremony at its new headquarters in Dorchester.
The first cohort of 20 students will begin an eight-week certificate training course on Jan. 8. After they complete the course, they will be placed in jobs at local biotech companies. The course is being taught in partnership with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and is free. Students in the program will receive a $500 weekly stipend.
“We’re raising the floor of entry level talent. You’re no longer going to have to go Indeed or LinkedIn and hope for the best for somebody who’s never worked in the industry. You’re going to have people that are work-ready, that know what it’s like to work safely in a lab setting,” Zach Stanley, executive director of Bioversity said during the Thursday launch.