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Why Central Massachusetts?

Worcester Provides ACCESS to:

  • Affordable Laboratory & Office Space
  • A Talented Workforce
  • A Vibrant Urban Community
  • Reduced Traffic & Commute
  • 10 Colleges & Universities
  • Extensive CORE Facilities
  • The Entire Massachusetts Life Sciences Cluster

Worcester Has a Growing Biotech Cluster:

  • AbbVie (Home of Humira)
  • UMass Medical School (Home of RNAi)
  • LakePharma
  • Charles River Laboratories
  • JOINN Pharmaceuticals
  • Mustang BIO

Worcester by the Numbers

  • Worcester ranked #2 City in New England to start a business.
  • Worcester ranks #3 in number of biopharma companies in Massachusetts
  • UMass Medical School in Worcester ranks #2 in NIH Funded non-profits in 2013 with $130 Million in NIH Funding
  • Worcester County is home to over 60 Biotech companies.
  • The Worcester area is home to 12 colleges and universities and 35,000 students

Colleges and Universities

Worcester is home to 10 Colleges & Universities with life & health sciences programs at all levels including PhD at UMass Medical School, a myriad of Undergraduate Programs, Graduate and Masters Level at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Associates and Certificate programs at Quinsigamond Community College, and a High School program at the nationally recognized Worcester Technical High School and Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science

WPI’s Biomanufacturing Education & Training Center (BETC) provides ongoing education to industry professionals and collaborates with companies to provide workforce development tools.

Listed below are the twelve colleges and universities with over 35,000 college students and over ten new science buildings.

Lower Cost of Doing Business

According to, the cost of living in Worcester is 22% less than Boston or Cambridge.

This savings allows startup companies to direct more investment towards talent and science instead of real estate. MBI’s is one of the most affordable alternatives in the state and MBI rent includes additional services focused on promoting our tenant companies’ success. Office and lab rents in Worcester are on average less than half of rents in Kendall Square and Boston.

Restaurants & Culture

Worcester is home to world class restaurants and cultural attractions including the Worcester Art Museum, Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts,DCU Center and Convention Center, Tuckerman Hall, Mechanics Hall, Palladium, and some of the best live music around.

Worcester’s Shrewsbury Street hosts some world class restaurants at a fraction of the price of Boston’s best. For more information on Worcester’s restaurant scene, check out:, or visit the annual Taste of Shrewsbury Street event!

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