Vertex’s Jeff Leiden, Sanofi Genzyme and two Gloucester High teachers to be honored at 2nd Annual Champions for Biotechnology Education Awards Reception

Oct 10, 2017

To celebrate and recognize the outstanding advocacy for and support of biotechnology educational programs in the Bay State, the MassBioEd Foundation is hosting the 2nd Annual Champions for Biotechnology Education Awards Reception on Wednesday, November 8 at the UMass Club in Boston.

During this event, MassBioEd will honor and award the efforts of Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, President and CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals; David Enos and Eric Leigh, Gloucester High School science teachers; and Sanofi Genzyme, a leading biopharmaceutical company employer in Massachusetts. The reception also serves as a fundraiser for MassBioEd, which focuses on preparing the life sciences workforce through education programs that provide lab-based training for teachers, college and career introduction for students, and insight on skills needed by the industry.

“The path to new cures and better patient outcomes begins in classrooms in which students are inspired by great teachers and science lessons that propel them toward the incredible career opportunities offered by our region’s life sciences industry,” said Peter Abair, Executive Director of the MassBioEd Foundation.  “With the Champions Award, we honor these individuals and organizations for their contributions in making a difference in the lives of students across the state.”

The event takes place on Wednesday, November 8th at the UMass Club, One Beacon Street in Boston from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. To register for the event, visit:


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