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Why Central Massachusetts?

Central MA Provides ACCESS to:

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

Central MA Has a Growing Biotech Cluster:

  • Worcester County had the highest % growth in biomanufacturing jobs in 2020 (7.9%)
  • Worcester’s R&D employment grew by 4.6% in 2020
  • AbbVie (Home of Humira & Rinvoq)
  • UMass Medical School (Home of RNAi)
  • LakePharma
  • Charles River Laboratories
  • JOINN Pharmaceuticals
  • Mustang BIO
  • Cytiva
  • Sunovion
  • Resilience
  • Boston Scientific
  • 58 Early Stage Companies at MBI

Worcester by the Numbers

  • Worcester ranked #2 City in New England to start a business
  • UMass Medical School ranked #1 with $294Million in NIH funding
  • Worcester County is home to over 60 Biotech companies
  • Worcester is a Platinum Rated BioReady Community surrounded by multiple other BioReady communities
  • The Worcester area is home to 13 colleges and universities and 35,000 students

Colleges and Universities

Worcester County is home to 13 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.

Extensive CORE Equipment resources are available at WPI & UMass Medical.  MBI would be happy to provide support in identifying and accessing these resources.

Listed below are the thirteencolleges 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.

New Lab & Biomanufacturing Supply In the Pipeline

Get on the ground floor of brand new facilities in Central MA.  Multiple Biomanufacturing pads are available at The Reactory and new R&D supply is available at multiple locations around the City including WooSox’s Polar Park Stadium.   For more info, contact Jon Weaver at MBI, who can help connect you to the available options.

Restaurants, Culture, & Energy

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!

Catch a WooSox game at Polar Park and experience the energy of Worcester.

Interested in a proven model for commercializing your science?