April 12, 2019 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) – The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio®) today announced that it has added Danvers and Stoughton to its established list of BioReady Communities, increasing the total number of BioReady rated communities to 86. Both cities received a Bronze-level rating.
The BioReady Community designation from MassBio signifies that a municipality has biotech and life sciences friendly zoning, has a streamlined permitting process, and has robust infrastructure in place. The designation serves to showcase Massachusetts communities that are ready to host new life sciences research and manufacturing facilities.
“As the life sciences industry continues to grow, the cluster in Massachusetts is extending its reach beyond Cambridge and Boston,” said Robert K. Coughlin, President and CEO of MassBio. “We’re thrilled to see cities and towns across the Commonwealth embrace the economic power of the industry and welcome these life sciences companies that will have huge benefits to patient lives. The addition of these two BioReady Communities furthers our mission to ensure Massachusetts remains the #1 place in the world for life sciences.”
MassBio and partner organizations across the state began the statewide BioReady Communities Campaign in 2008 to provide background to municipal officials about the biotech industry and offer guidance on how to position municipalities as destinations for biotech laboratory and manufacturing facilities.
Using a scale of Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum, the ranking system helps 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 bio-readiness to provide each with a tangible marketing tool.
To learn more, visit MassBio’s BioReady Communities web page at https://www.massbio.org/why-massachusetts/supercluster/bioready-communities.