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Mission Statement

Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI) 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 & health sciences industry.

Implementation Statement

MBI offers support to creative entrepreneurs with sound scientific business plans. Through its Incubator facilities located in Worcester, MBI lowers the barriers to success for emerging companies by providing cost effective, high quality laboratory and support services.


MBI is a private, independent economic development organization that serves as a catalyst for life science and healthcare innovation. We help start biomedical companies and create jobs within the Biotechnology, Medical Device, Informatics, and Biomanufacturing industry by providing secure, clean bench and sink surface, staff trained and fully licensed laboratory space for usage by “seed stage” companies. Building and maintaining collaborative affiliations and partnerships are essential to our success.

Our Team


Jon Weaver

President & CEO

Phone: 508-797-4200, ext 4


Zu Shen

Vice President & Leasing Contact

Phone: 508-797-4200, ext 3


Karri Freeland

Manager of Administration & Accounting

Phone: 508-797-4200, ext 1


Michele Pitoniak-Crawford

Health & Safety Director

Phone: 508-797-4200, ext 5


Jason Bundey

Facilities Manager

Phone: 508-797-4200, ext 2

Board of Trustees


Robert J. Anderson, LLM, Esq., CPA
Vice Chair
Abraham W. Haddad, DMD, FACD
Vice Chair
Philip R. Morgan, Former President, Morgan Construction Company
Timothy M. Jarry, CFA, CPA, Chief Investment Officer, College of the Holy Cross
Paul Wengender, Founder & CEO, Crow's Nest Bioventures & Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company
President & CEO
Jon Weaver, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI)


David P. Angel, Ph.D.
President, Clark University
Craig L. Blais
Michael F. Collins, M.D.
Chancellor & Sr. Vice President for Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Robert K. Coughlin
D. Davidson Easson Jr, ScD
Head of Manufacturing Tech Transfer, Indigo Ag, Inc.
Jim Glasheen Ph.D.1
Executive Vice Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Medical School Business Development & Innovation
Dennis L. Guberski, M.S.
President and Founder, Biomere
David R. Grenon2
John Hallinan
Chief Business Officer, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council
Jean A. King, Ph.D.
Peterson Family, Dean of Arts & Sciences
Professor Biology & Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Denis A. Larochelle, Ph.D.1
Associate Professor of Biology
Director, Prehealth Advising Office, Clark University
James B. Leary, Esq.
Vice President, Government and Community Relations, UMass Memorial Health Care
Neil McDonough
President & CEO, FLEXcon
Linda McGoldrick
President & CEO, Zillion
Timothy Murray
President & CEO, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
Imran Nasrullah, M.S., J.D.
Director, Strategic Partnering, BD&L, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals
Michael O’Brien
Executive Vice President, WinnCompanies
Lisa Olson, Ph.D.1
Divisional Vice President, Immunology
Research ABC Site Head, AbbVie Bioresearch Center
Christopher M. Palatucci, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Coulter Partners
Gail E. Radcliffe, Ph.D.
Yael Schwartz, Ph.D.
President & CEO, Or-Genix
W. Blaine Stine, Ph.D.
Senior Director, AbbVie
1 - Designees
2 - Emeritus Board Member


Celebrating Over 35 Years of Commercializing Science & Creating Jobs

  • In 1985, MBI’s Board of Trustees embarked on a strategy to fully develop the potential of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives as a public/private partnership for accelerating health and life science commercial development. In doing so, they built upon the potential of the strong commercial and academic base in Massachusetts and the promise of the UMass Medicine Science Park development within the central part of the state.

  • In 1987, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives formed a venture capital arm, Commonwealth BioVentures Inc. (CBI). CBI invested over $8 million of public funding and over $50 million of private money in new technology driven companies, before focusing on incubation in the late 1990’s.

  • Over the years, MBI has developed eight major innovation centers and currently operates four totaling over 50,000 SF. By the year 1996, the company had helped establish 20 new companies and helped expand the Biotech cluster in Worcester County.

    Since the year 2000, MBI has helped to create 117 companies and over 550 jobs – the majority of which remain in Massachusetts and Worcester County. It is estimated that, since inception, MBI has assisted over 150 companies and created over 2,500 jobs.

  • MBI has developed a proven model of success in aiding startup companies commercialize science. MBI has served as a national model for leveraging public sector funds with private sector investments to fuel economic development.

1989 – 2013
1 Innovation Drive
10,000 SF / 10 Labs

1995 – 2000
Roxbury, MA Facility
20,000 SF / 15 Labs

2000 – 2007
Winthrop Street
20,000 SF / 15 Labs

2000 – Present
100 Barber Ave
8,000 SF / 13 Labs

2007 – Present
60 Prescott Street
Gateway Park
7,500 SF / 13 Labs

2011 – 2017
55 Union Street
Redstone Center
4,500 SF / 5 Labs

2012 – Present
50 Prescott Street
Gateway II
10,000 SF

Interested in a proven model for commercializing your science?