[Press Release] Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives Awards Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute with $25,000 Challenge Grant
Worcester (May 9, 2022): Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI) announced that it has awarded Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) a $25,000 “Building a Diverse Biomanufacturing Workforce Pipeline” Challenge Grant in partnership with the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. The grant will support the expansion of GMGI’s Gloucester Biotechnology Academy program with a goal to reach more students, supporting the shared mission of MBI and GMGI to increase diversity in STEM.
“GMGI would like to thank MBI for their partnership and this funding that will support the expansion of the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy in important ways, and enable our team to reach more communities and increase our impact,” said Chris Bolzan, Executive Director of GMGI.
The Gloucester Biotechnology Academy program, which first launched in 2016, prepares young adults to enter the state’s booming biotech industry as entry-level lab technicians. To date, the program has enrolled its sixth class of students, and hopes to continue its growth as it expands its reach out of Cape Ann and engages student across the state.
“This program represents a statewide model for creating new pathways into the biotechnology industry for underrepresented populations,” said Jon Weaver, Executive Director of MBI. “The MBI Challenge Grants support skill-based learning programs across the state to create new opportunities for diverse populations to enter into, and be uplifted by, the Commonwealth’s booming biotech industry. We look forward to seeing the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy continue to grow and flourish.”
GMGI’s Biotechnology Academy program is designed to meet the needs of underserved high school graduates and engage them in an opportunity for career growth. With a focus on vocational learning, as opposed to traditional classroom settings, GMGI is demystifying the exclusive nature of STEM and opening the door for many talented participants.
MBI is a private, independent economic development organization that serves as a catalyst for life science and healthcare innovation that is dedicated to job creation and retention throughout Massachusetts by promoting the growth of start-up biomedical companies. MBI is committed to collaborating with the academic, business and government communities to promote Massachusetts as the world leader in the life and health sciences industry.
Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) was launched in 2013 in the belief that the ocean represents a new source of opportunity. As a not-for-profit whose ambitious mission is to “address critical challenges facing our oceans, human health and the environment through innovative scientific research and education,” GMGI is demonstrating that there is vast potential in marine science discovery powered by genomics.