Last week we celebrated Massachusetts as the State of Possible at our Annual Meeting, now the State of Possible Conference. We believe this theme truly captures what makes the #1 life sciences cluster in the world tick. It’s the people and companies that create future possibilities for patients by researching and developing breakthrough therapies that change the course of disease, and in some cases cure it. It’s the collaboration we have between industry, academia, and government that creates a tightknit ecosystem unlike anywhere else in the U.S. or even the globe.
As part of our conference, we held the first-ever State of Possible Celebration where we honored Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn with the State of Possible Award for his work protecting the health and safety of Boston firefighters. In his acceptance speech, he said that the moment he met Bob Coughlin, he knew he had to work with this man and this organization. That’s a sentiment I share, along with the rest of the MassBio board, organization and members.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the MassBio team for making the conference a resounding success. I also want to specifically call out Bob Coughlin, who has led and grown the organization for nearly 12 years and has contributed immensely to its reputation as the State of Possible. Our fight to protect innovation and to always put patients first continues. We have a lot of work to do over the next few years to ensure Massachusetts remains the best place for the life sciences, and I personally couldn’t be more thrilled to have you lead that charge. Here’s a video to thank you for all you do: