Considered by many industry observers to be one of the top five medtech hubs in the world, Massachusetts is not resting on its laurels. The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced yesterday approval of a $9.7 million grant to build and equip the Berkshire Innovation Center in Pittsfield. The facility will include cleanrooms, state-of-the-art testing equipment, and lab space. The goal is to attract both existing medical device manufacturers who may not have the resources to perform R&D at this level on their own as well as startups looking for an incubator. The center will be located in the William Stanley Business Park in Pittsfield.
The Berkshire Innovation Center will catalyze, enable, and accelerate innovation and growth of existing companies in western Massachusetts, primarily small to medium-size manufacturing companies in the life sciences and life sciences supply chain, according to a press release published by the MLSC. The facility will enable shared research, early stage production and commercialization, and workforce training, adds the release.