MassLive: Gov. Maura Healey wants Mass. to stay global epicenter for life sciences

Jan 26, 2023

Gov. Maura Healey voiced her support for the life sciences sector during the MassBio annual policy leadership breakfast at the Omni Parker in downtown Boston on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023.Alison Kuznitz/MassLive

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Leaning into her competitive spirit, Gov. Maura Healey voiced her administration’s commitment Wednesday to forging partnerships with the life sciences sector, while also addressing quality-of-life challenges in Massachusetts, including the state’s housing crunch and transportation woes.

Healey, during remarks at the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council’s annual policy leadership breakfast in downtown Boston, said she wants the commonwealth to remain the global epicenter of life sciences, building upon calculated decision-making by lawmakers and industry leaders that elevated the state’s reputation.

Healey’s vowed the administration will “hustle” to achieve that goal.

“That’s what our team is all about: It’s about hustle, it’s about getting after it and working together, harnessing the talents, harnessing the resources that we have here, making the strategic investments and the like, showing that support,” Healey said. “This ecosystem that you all have helped create needs to be cultivated inside, outside of government working together. And I want us to maintain and grow our leadership position.”

Yvonne Hao, the secretary of economic development, and Lauren Jones, secretary of labor and workforce development, attended the breakfast to show their “total solidarity” with the life sciences field, Healey said.

Defaulting to her basketball roots, Healey said she’s “still the point guard” as she advocated for teamwork from dozens of life sciences professionals gathered at the Omni Parker House.

“I will say that with regard to anything that comes our way, challenges now or challenges in the future, my money is on Massachusetts, and together we’ll make this happen,” Healey said.

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