Year in Review 2023

2023

2023 was a year of celebration, as we marked ten years as an organization and jointly celebrated our beautiful seaside home’s 400th anniversary.

Please join us for a look back on a year full of achievements and milestones.

GMGI CO-FOUNDER DELIVERS KEYNOTE

January 2023

GMGI Co-founder and Board Member David Walt delivers the keynote address at Gloucester’s “Overture to 2023,” kicking off the city’s year-long 400th Anniversary.

GMGI CELEBRATES REP. ANN-MARGARET FERRANTE

January 2023

GMGI staff, alongside Mayor Greg Verga and Massachusetts Governor Maura Healy, celebrate State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante as she accepts her award as the 2022 MassBio Legislator of the Year.

DR. MICHAEL COMB ADDED TO GMGI LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

January 2023

The GMGI Leadership Council continues to grow with the addition of Michael Comb, Ph.D., President and CEO of Cell Signaling Technology.

GMGI SCIENTISTS PARTNER WITH GLOBAL GROUP OF RESEARCHERS

February 2023

With a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences, the GMGI research team partners with a group of global scientists to study how a virus-like cancer spreads among select shellfish and why some organisms are resilient to it.

GMGI, LIVE FROM CITY HALL!

March 2023

Fisheries Scientist Tim O'Donnell sells out Gloucester’s historic City Hall for a community lecture on how he and his team are utilizing state-of-the-art genomic technology to support sustainable fisheries for the future.

ACADEMY BRINGS STEM ON THE ROAD

March 2023

Academy instructors take ‘STEM on The Road’ with a stop at O’Maley Innovation Middle School, teaching all of Gloucester’s 8th graders the ins and outs of a standard biotechnology process -- gel electrophoresis.

GMGI JOINS IN ON THE POWER OF PLAY

March 2023

As part of Gloucester Education Foundation’s “Power of Play” event, GMGI researchers and Academy instructors set up stations of STEM activities inside Gloucester High School’s auditorium, allowing students to extract their DNA, examine microbial life from local water samples, or explore various chemical reactions.

ACADEMY STUDENTS BEGIN INTERNSHIPS

March 2023

Students in the Academy’s Class of 2023 first cohort begin their three-month industry internships supporting vaccine production, cancer research, and drug discovery at companies including GMGI, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Seismic Therapeutics, and the Bauer Core Facility at Harvard.

ACADEMY STAFF ATTEND ABRF CONFERENCE

April 2023

Academy staff Dr. John Doyle, Sadie Salazar, and Mel Drexler participate in a panel discussion at the 2023 Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities Annual Conference in Boston.

CRISPR RESEARCH PUBLISHED IN SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL

May 2023

GMGI scientists, together with the University of Arizona, publish their manuscript 𝗥𝗮𝗽𝗶𝗱 𝗱𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗗𝗡𝗔 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗡𝗔 𝘀𝗵𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗽 𝘃𝗶𝗿𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗥𝗜𝗦𝗣𝗥-𝗯𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘀 in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

GMGI RETURNS TO CITY HALL

May 2023

Dr. Andrea Bodnar, GMGI’s Donald G. Comb Science Director, delivers a second community lecture at Gloucester’s City Hall on her decades-long research on the longevity of red sea urchins and their impact on human aging.

INTERNS JOIN THE TEAM FOR THE SUMMER

June 2023

GMGI welcomes five summer interns to the team, working in areas including social media content creation, Summer STEM programming, and research’s shrimp diagnostic and anti-cancer screening projects.

ACADEMY GRADUATES EIGHTH CLASS

June 2023

Congratulations! Members of the Class of 2023 first cohort graduate in a special ceremony at the Cape Ann Museum with an inspiring keynote address from Dr. Ming Proschitsky, Head of BioTherapeutics at Walden Biosciences.

ACADEMY STUDENTS BEGIN INTERNSHIPS

June 2023

Students in the Academy’s Class of 2023 second cohort begin their three-month industry internships at companies including Synlogic Therapeutics, Walden Biosciences, Moderna, and Sherlock Biosciences.

GMGI CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

June 2023

GMGI staff celebrate ten years of incorporation – a journey that includes seven Academy graduations, three ribbon cuttings, and two newly sequenced genomes – with a birthday party at the research institute.

ORGANIZATION SAYS “THANK YOU”

June 2023

To say thank you to the incredible community of friends, partners, and donors for their generous support over the past decade, GMGI hosts a celebration event with lively remarks from founders, leadership staff, and dignitaries.

GMGI PARTNERS WITH THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF BOSTON

July 2023

GMGI teams up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston to bring STEM enrichment opportunities to Boston-area youth. The two organizations create new opportunities for Club members to learn about exciting pathways and career opportunities that exist in the thriving life science and biotechnology fields. Throughout the summer, Academy staff run the week-long Fish Fraud Forensics curriculum at five Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston locations.

SUMMER STEM ROARS THROUGH THE SUMMER

July 2023

Cape Ann youth participate in the Academy’s two week-long Summer STEM programs, Fish Fraud Forensics and It Glows Green at the Academy’s state-of-the-art teaching lab in Gloucester.

HELLO, GOODBYE!

August 2023

Within two weeks, the Academy says goodbye to the Class of 2023 and hello to the Class of 2024! A graduation ceremony at the Cape Ann Museum celebrates the Class of 2023’s second cohort which includes a heartfelt keynote by Dr. Jo Vinney, CEO of Seismic Therapeutics. Ten days later a new group of students begin their 10-month journey into biotech and the life sciences.

GMGI TEAM GROWS BY TWO

August 2023

The GMGI team grows by two over the summer with the additions of Development Officer Rachel Borgatti and Postdoctoral Scientist Emma Strand, Ph.D.

CONVENING THE CAPE ANN BIOTECH NETWORK

September 2023

Celebrating the growing science community on Cape Ann, GMGI Board members Laura Sen and John O’Connor host a seaside reception enabling life science and biotech executives to connect and discuss the promising opportunities for the industry in our region.

GMGI, SHERLOCK RECEIVE SBIR GRANT FOR PATHOGEN DIAGNOSTIC TOOL

October 2023

GMGI and Sherlock Biosciences announce their Phase 1 award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The two organizations are collaborating to develop sensitive, field-deployable CRISPR-based diagnostic tools for pathogens that have devastating impacts on aquaculture production, work that captures the attention of the global seafood community.

ACADEMY ALUMNI GATHER FOR REUNION

October 2023

For the first time, graduates from all seven of Gloucester Biotechnology Academy’s classes gather for an Alumni Event at Cape Ann Lanes, catching up with one another, enjoying delicious food, and throwing a few strikes.

GMGI HOSTS EIGHTH SCIENCE FORUM

October 2023

GMGI hosts the annual Science Forum -- the eighth since 2015. Acclaimed speakers from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School, Harvard Medical School, MIT, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center speak on the latest in genomic research. Attendees gather during breaks to network and discuss their work. The evening concludes with a keynote address on the exploration of biological diversity from Dr. Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute. This forum was generously sponsored by The Company of Biologists and The Cummings Foundation.

EXPLORING THE INTERSECTION OF ART AND SCIENCE

November 2023

Bringing together the worlds of art and science, GMGI hosts its annual Art Science Lecture, The Deep: Research and Storytelling about Extreme Ocean Environments with GMGI Research Scientist Dr. Matt Harke and Author Lindsey Leigh.

GMGI AWARDED $1M NSF GRANT FOR STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

November 2023

GMGI is awarded a $1M grant from the National Science Foundation to support the Academy through the Experiential Learning for Emerging and Novel Technologies (ExLENT) program. Funding is awarded to organizations contributing to the critical advanced manufacturing workforce talent pipeline in ways that promote equity, diversity and access.

CLASS OF 2024 COHORT 2 BEGINS JOURNEY INTO BIOTECH

November 2023

The Class of 2024’s second cohort begins semester one, starting in the state-of-the-art Molecular Biology Lab. This marks the second year the Academy is running two overlapping cohorts to complete the Biotechnology Certificate Program.

THIRD ANNUAL EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

November 2023

Thought leaders from the fields of higher education, community organizations, public schools, and industry come together for GMGI’s third annual Education & Workforce Development Conference. Keynote remarks are delivered by Robert Lewis, Jr., the President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. Additional speakers include James Peyser, Former Secretary of Education, representatives from MLSC, Biogen, Just-A-Start, Seismic, and Year Up, as well as program alumni.

2023 SCIENCE HOUR SEASON KICKS OFF

December 2023

After a short hiatus, the GMGI Science Hour returns for the winter season with a talk on the impacts of mass-mortality events in marine environments from Cornell University professor Dr. Ian Hewson.

GMGI CONTINUES TO GROW

December 2023

To round out the year, GMGI hires Executive Assistant Hannah Lister, Research Associate Taylor Gibson, Director of Finance and Administration Caleb Friday, and Research Scientist Dr. Kevin Penn.

GMGI RESEARCHERS ATTEND NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

Over the year, GMGI researchers participate in conferences across the country, sharing their expertise and networking with potential collaborators. Conferences include the Southern New England Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in Boston; the ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Palma de Mallorca, Spain; the American Fisheries Annual Meeting in Grand Rapid, MI; the 5th Annual AccelNet ECR meeting in Arlington, VA; the Developmental Biology of the Sea Urchin and other Marine Invertebrates conference in Woods Hole; and the Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance in Cartegena, Colombia.