MassBio is launching a nearly 4,000-square-foot workforce training center in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston to operate two parallel, short-term training programs for entry-level lab and biomanufacturing positions and a separate track for upskilling existing workforce into specific, high demand roles such as regulatory affairs. Certificate holders will have access to sophisticated entry-level positions with beginning salaries expected to pay mid five-figures plus benefits.

Training programs at the Center will:

  • Be offered at no cost to learners
  • Provide a stipend to offset lost work hours
  • Pay for necessary wraparound services
  • Feature short-term completion timelines (e.g. 8-12 weeks)

Under the current schedule, the first classes at the facility will begin in late 2023.

Information Request

The MassBio Training Center at Southline Boston is expected to open in late 2023. If you are interested in getting more information about applying to participate in the training programs, please fill out the information request form.

Support the Center

MassBio is looking for industry partners to support the Training Center at Southline Boston in various ways. If you would like to have a conversation about partnering opportunities, please reach out to Ben Bradford.

The Challenge

The Massachusetts life sciences industry is facing a workforce crisis: there is more demand for talent than is currently available, at all levels.

  • The current educational and training system in Massachusetts is not set-up to produce enough new talent to keep up with future demand.
  • The Massachusetts life sciences workforce is lacking diversity.

In the short-term, MassBio is creating a new entry-level training paradigm that can quickly develop talent that is completely aligned with what Massachusetts life sciences companies are seeking.

The Location

Southline Boston is located in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, adjacent to the JFK/UMass Station subway station on the Red Line, and easily accessible from other neighborhoods of Boston.

Educational Partners

MassBio has enlisted three educational partners to provide three different learning tracks focused on lab work, biomanufacturing, and upskilling:

UMass Boston
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS)

We continue to discuss with industry partners exactly what should be included in this curriculum to suit their needs, and with educational partners about the frequency and duration of these programs and how they can best fit the needs of learners.

What They’re Saying

“The City of Boston is excited to partner on making the MassBio Training Center at Southline a model for pathways into this dynamic, growing industry for our city and our region.”

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu

“Training our residents right around the corner from where many of them live to provide them entry into rewarding careers in the life sciences is an integral part in the creation of a better future for our children.”  

District 3 Councilor Frank Baker

“Programs available to a wider range of individuals, creating a path to a biopharmaceutical career by combining education with practical experience, like those through the MassBio Training Center at Southline, are critical to ensuring we have a diverse and inclusive talent pool.”

Yolanda McLean, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals